This week I had the opportunity to attend Janelle Monae’s album listening party at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel. If you haven’t heard of her before, she is one of those musicians who still understands that music is art. Her latest project, The Arch Android is another example of what happens when a talented singer has a unique vision. She puts a lot into her songs and performances. I had a really great time hanging out with my cool friend Karsh and meeting new friends Brittany and Mark.
The crowd was mellow and eclectic with a nice mix of ages. We all watched Sean “Puffy” Combs’ on video from Paris rave about Janelle Monae’s new project slated for release on May 18. He said we would not be disappointed and he was right. She had me at the first beat on the first song that was infused with her soulful voice and strong beats. When the fourth song’s intro had me literally shrieking out loud, I knew that I was officially an Arch Android. This was the song (Cold War) that had a really great production, uptempo, and lyrics that made you stop. “It’s a cold cold war. Do you know what you’re fighting for?”
I’m no music critic, I’m just a fan. I can only tell you to be prepared for quite a ride for this album. Do you have a favorite artist that you enjoy watching perform live? It was nice to be surrounded by people who are into the same music. We felt like one collective music family vibing off the same beats and feeling the energy that Janelle Monae was giving us as she cut a rug and showed off her moves (love her dancing!).
Have you ever dated someone whose taste in music clashed with yours? I remember once that a guy I dated insulted my taste in music. I don’t want to say I dumped him because we had opposing views about music. I just know that a rude comment about how I needed to “do something about my taste in music” was pretty much the nail in dude’s coffin. Probably not the most mature move I’ve made but I don’t feel a huge loss.
How do you merge your interests in a new relationships? Are you open to being exposed to new music, food, etc?