i (ahem) saw a post on newsgroups for Mary J Blige which reminded me of the first time I actually listened to this artist(e). Years ago a friend and I went to work and all he’d listen to was Snoop, Dre and other G-Funk stuff. I must admit after listening to it every other week for 2 years i actually liked some of the tracks (shit does eventually stick after all). He also played MJ but I just couldn’t get passed it.
Anyway a couple of years ago I was watching Later With Jools Holland and MJB appears. For whatever reason I decided to watch the performance…
Her performance was nothing less than outstanding – I was absolutely blown away by the sheer talent of the woman… all of her alledged bitch personality aside she gave a passionate all out deliverance of “No More Drama”. Today I found it on YouTube – and here it is : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J-4dXS77V0
There are other YT clips, none of which really grabbed me except this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ttAjjrPUu8 – filmed a couple of years later and still she gave what was clearly every she could to this track.
She may have hit a few bum notes if you’re technical about it by when you consider she gave her heart and soul it only adds, not detracts.
And no, I am not gay for liking a MJB track! 🙂
And no, I still don’t like most of her other stuff.