“we get the rap we deserve-if people don’t like the rap of today, chances are-they just don’t like today”
“growing up, i wanted to be a wrestler”
“i’m a musical humanist”
“nothing says ‘i miss you’ like profiting off of your death….. just kidding.”
“you’re gonna have to get in here”
there’s something about losing track of how many times you’re moved by live music before 10am-it’s a magical thing. i’ve worked a few more in a row than i usually do, but when i got the text at 9:30 on sunday night offering me tickets to the first taping of the new q, i just couldn’t say no. when i made it in on a picture of the barcode on my phone and ran right into the homie that i never have to call, because invariably we’ll turn up at the same stuff, i knew it was the right decision. the show that unveiled further proved everything that i love about canadian arts and culture, and having ready access to the cbc.
tanya tagaq, chilly gonzales with a freaking string quartet, bahamas and shane koyzan-what a spectrum of canadian talent, across genre, at least. i guess there are certain things that we’ll (still) have to settle for, or accept and make the best of. i bristled at the end when shad so charitably obliged the middle-aged white lady’s request to “rap”, and couldn’t help but think about mos def‘s comment on that at the 92nd street y talk he did a few years ago when people run into him on the street and are all, “rap-you good!” i mean, are we really not past the point where folks can see that demanding that people perform and entertain at the drop of a dime is disrespect-full and demeaning? even with the best intentions? (sigh). it’s not like anyone would ever ask taylor swift to ‘sing a little ditty’ if they run into her at target. just sayin’.
dear people-i can only hope that you’ll stop being wack. i got babies on the come-up and i want them to have a different life.
but hey, now i can say that i was interviewed for the national with jael richardson, whom i just met a few moments before and i got to reconnect for the first time with another cbc enthusiast and bask in its glory (i covet your sweater, sarah).
big thanks to cj and sarah for the tix.
reg is playing: robert glasper and brandy
rubby is playing: the eq at segafredo, jonathan emile, biggie, badu, jarvis church, teodros, prince
duolingo status: 2914 lingots, 100 day streak, french translation level 14, portuguese level 15, translating articles about shonda rhimes, the knicks, and ho chi minh
awkward double-book of the evening: hooked at tpm and game 2 in jurassic park (oops)
feeding myself:honeyed ginger jasmine tea and smoked trout breakfast sandwich