I’m currently watching Jhene Aiko’s “Behind the Seen” documentary from back in 2014 and as much as I want to say I have seen it before, every time I watch her interviews or listen to her music I find myself learning something new.
She talks about her music and who inspires her to write and record including her daughter, her brother, experiences etc. and it’s very captivating. Listening to someone speak so honestly reminds me of myself in figuring out what medium I want to use to tell mine.
This world, that could be seen through a different lens of beauty, art, adventure and creativity is often seen as a scary place filled with hate and vengeance. Jhene’s music reminds me to look at the world through a different lens even when everything around you seems to be going into turmoil.
She mentioned one thing that really resonated with me. “You are a soul with a body, not a body with a soul.”
To me this means that your purpose on this earth is to fulfill the purpose that God has given you. You are more than a robot that needs to be fed every day to survive. you have to feed your spirit because at the end of the day that is what lives on.
She uses her music and her voice as a platform to speak her soul and tell her story. per se. Plus she has one of the best tracks I have ever heard! (Don’t @ me.) Come on now, who is her sound guy?
Her song promises was to her daughter and her brother letting them know that she was gonna be ok no matter what. She uses her music as a way to deal with her struggles including the death of her older brother. In her documentary she even stated that when he passed away she took on his goals and dreams as well as her own. The comfort to know that his energy is still there is what keeps her going.
I have an eclectic taste in music, listening to several different styles and genres whether it’s because of the beat, the sound, or the lyrics. Jhene’s music tells a story. Kind of reminding me of spoken word.