Label: Warner Bros. Records - BSK 3220 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Test Pressing • Country: US • Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul • Style: Soul, Funk, Disco
Do I want people to understand me and know me, do I want to tell them my story? But for her solo debut, Jaime, Howard boldly decided to explore new directions, with diverse instrumentation and arrangements and intimate, revelatory lyrics. Howard had amassed a bunch of ideas and song scraps, things that felt like they were outside the realm of the band. I was writing every day, putting all this stress on myself, hoping something would happen.
In search of inspiration, Howard left her home in Nashville and went to Topanga Canyon for a change of scenery. The work Howard has done with her side bands, Thunderbitch and Bermuda Triangle, also impacted her ambitions for the songs on Jaime. My music is really composed, with lots of moving pieces, so that inspired me to really pay more attention to what I write and try to be a better songwriter.
Different sounds and approaches started to emerge. Even more striking, though, are the stories Howard is No Fun To Me - Howard Kenney - Super Star on Jaime, the deeply personal and emotional territory she covers directly and nakedly, stripped of overtly poetic distance. My greatest wish was to be like everybody else. I never saw our town that way, never experienced it because I was too Barition - Rune And Michael* / Rune - Bariton / Sister, but it explained Jeepers Creepers - Sonny Stitt - Genesis much about my mom—why she was always so stressed, had so much trouble getting a job.
I was definitely scared for the sake of my folks, bringing up bad memories, But it is my story to tell—that song was the experience of growing up in the South. Howard titled the album after her sister, who taught No Fun To Me - Howard Kenney - Super Star to play the piano and write poetry, and who died of cancer when they were still teenagers.
People think that touring in a band is super-fun, and it can be, but nothing about it is normal. Howard looks forward to playing these songs live, but is tempering her expectations. Brittany Howard Jaime Black radicalism, the philosopher Fred Moten has written, cannot be understood outside the context of its origins in oppression; as a force of rebirth, it also always breaks out of that context. The same, Moten says, is true of black music — a broken circle, rooted and free, it […].
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