Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Mondays with Meshell.


Watching Meshell Ndegeocello perform is like watching a flower blossom slowly.

She starts out quiet and closed. Her mic is angled towards the band instead of the audience...She takes the stage without incident; no introductions, no warnings. She lets the band get started as she hangs back...shy. After some minutes, she starts to sing a little but then dons her hood in order to protect herself even more from the scrutiny of the crowd....

But after a while, she begins to warm up...she dances, moves, gives direction, laughs with the band. Eventually she acknowledges the crowd. Banters. Smiles. Introduces the band. Then finally, after 1.5 hours, and at long last....

She picks up the Bass. just wow.

Meshell makes me want to quit my job, buy a bass, and lock myself in a padded room for a month until i emerge with an opus. She plays so amazingly and effortlessly. Her dainty fingers flit and fly over the thick strings as if she's caressing them instead of pressing them. If the main bass player is doing a simple 3 chord repetition, she quietly overtakes him and adds a note here and a note there...but differently every other bar...i was mesmerized.

Lucky for me, there's more to come. She's performing with her band, A Different Girl [Every Night], for 3 Mondays in August. So tonight was only the beginning...

5 comments:

Piscean Princess said...

I am soooooo flippin' jealous that you got to see her perform live! I can just about imagine that she puts on a kick-ass show.

iaintlying said...

I'm flippin jealous too!

Damali said...

ok both of y'all need to stop flippin' before you fall and hurt yourselves :)

iaintlying said...

Be flippin quiet! :-)

Slinky Redfoot said...

why haven't I been to the blog before? I love it! I love you!