Velvet Rhythms…

This morning I was on my commute, I realized that I have finally found a definitive favorite! Whenever anyone ever asks me to hash out definitive favorites be it food, colors, music, books–my answers always include at least 3 options. I’m one of the least decisive people I know. A phrase I can be heard uttering often is “I can’t choose just one.” Welp, that all ends today. This morning at approximately 8:13am, I figured out my two favorite albums in life. Ever. *cue applause* They’re both by this little lady I like to call MY FAVORITE FUCKING POP STAR OF ALL TIME, but you may know her as Janet Jackson.

(pictured above: Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 and The Velvet Rope)

These two albums have helped shape and mold me into the woman I am today. The jury’s still out on whether or not that is a good or bad thing, haha! This epiphany came to me as I was listening to “The Knowledge” [Sidebar: Check out this video of MJ dancing to that song. He’s on record as saying it’s one of his favorite Janet songs ^_^]. RN1814 is an album that shaped my worldview and helped me decide what kind of person I wanted to be in life. This entire album is ripe with songs that not only speak of the injustices in our current society, but also encourage you to get’cho ass up and take a stand.

This is a test

No struggle no progress

Lend your hand to help your brother do his best

Things are getting worse

We have to make ’em better

It’s time to give a damn and work together

C’mon now…

– “Rhythm Nation”

The videos from this era in Janet history were iconic as well. All minimalist (by Jackson standards) productions shot in black & white. What’s crazy about this album is that it was released nearly 25 years ago, but is still SO relevant to today’s society.

Janet’s The Velvet Rope continuously helps me in ways that I can’t even speak to fully. Often toted as her most personal album, it is the one with which I relate most as well. Songs like “You“, “Together Again” and “Special” put into the words feelings I’d been dealing with an unable to fully express. Let me not even get into the iconic “I Get Lonely” video. That dance breakdown was copied and performed by nearly every high school pep squad/dance team in the US from 1999-2003. I should know coz we did it in 2000 at my high school–HA!

When it was first released, I didn’t really connect with TVR,  but in a smooth 4-6 years after its release? I was playing it like it was freshly released. There’s a song that album for nearly every ridiculous situation I’ve been through in my life (& some not so ridiculous *eyebrow raise*). To this day, whenever I feel some kinda way I take some time out for TVR Therapy. It cures what ails me instantaneously.


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