This page is just for fun and ever-changing (with the exception of the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin who has been archived here). I’m Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse. I like books (and you might like mine), I like music, I like movies, I like TV. So, I’m just sharing some of what I like. Keep checking back as I’m always keeping things fresh.
When I think of my faves from the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, I don’t necessarily think of technical acuity (though that’s there as well) but about how her songs make me feel. That’s her super power. Very Aretha-like in that way (though The Queen is in a class by herself).
This is one of my faves of hers for that reason
When she sings “you ask for me to enter/but then you make crawl/and I can’t keep holding on/to what you’ve got/cause all you got is hurt”, I feel that all in mi belly.
That I’m such a Mary J. stan was not a foregone conclusion. In fact, I was late to the party. My first album of hers was My Life, her second, but it was the live album that really sold me – raw as it was, it was perfect (talk about leaving it all on the floor). Over the years, I also bought the Mary, No More Drama, and The Breakthrough CDs (I think I might have or had Share My World and Love & Life too). So it’s about time I try to figure out my personal top 10. I don’t know if I’m going to put them in any particular order (or if I’ll be able to stick to 10) but these will always be on the playlist.
That’s my 10
You know I had to do a separate list for her features right?
Well ‘One’ with U2 (at the top) is number one and then…