Happy Old School Friday! Today's theme was originally "Singers We Want To Be" or something like that. It's been modified to those we admire or inspire us, but this was still too difficult of a choice for me. So I turned to our in-house expert on pop culture and performer admiration and inspiration; my ten-year old daughter. Let's just call her T.P. When I posed the question to T.P., her first reaction was, you guessed it, Beyonce.
Why, I asked; What inspires you about her? "Well, duh, Dad, she's famous, rich, and married to Jay-Z, who's famous and rich too."
OK I get that, but that's admiration for what she has. Nothing against Beyonce but how does she inspire you?
Suddenly, my wife and I found ourselves in the middle of a teachable moment. Parents, y'all know what I'm talking about. So we discussed what can lead you to admire someone, how music can inspire you, and the difference between the two. We talked about the differences in music as well, and how some singers, through the words they write and sing, can really impact your life and way of thinking.
Well, T.P. sat there for a minute thinking about it, and then said, well in that case, the people who's music inspires me are India.Arie and Alicia Keys.
My girl! Now I know neither of these young ladies are Old School, but y'all bear with us, we'll get back to it next week. In the meantime on behalf of T.P. (with just a little guidance from her parents), here are the Singers That Inspire My Ten-Year Old Daughter. Thanks for the help Baby Girl!
First up, India.Arie with There's Hope.
And here's Alicia Keys with a live version of No One.
That's it for this week. Don't forget to check out the other participants in Old School Friday.
Electronic Village - Chatting Over Cocktails - Ms Grapevine - Quick - Marcus LANGFORD - Cassandra - Danielle-Lisa C -Chocl8t - DP - Kreative Talk -MarvalusOne - Regina - LaShonda -AJ - Sharon - Invisible Woman - Believer 1964 -Dee - SJP - sHaE-sHaE - Songs In the Key of Life - Shawn - Hagar’s Daughter - freshandfab