I don’t know about you, but the Verzuz Instagram Live battle featuring Jill Scott and Erykah Badu was everything I didn’t know I needed. I couldn’t have outsourced that kind of energy from anyone greater than Auntie E. and Auntie J. They created the music of my childhood. I couldn’t tell you how many mornings, I woke up to either of their records playing, but I knew that it meant I would be cleaning. I used to hate waking up on those days, but I appreciate it now more than ever.
As of lately, I have felt completely out of it. I finished this semester of school and submitted all my finals. I can churn out whatever work I am given, but this semester was different for obvious reasons. I found myself struggling, as I worried about what the future holds for me, you, and the rest of the world. I let my worries bleed over into my work ethic. I wanted to get back to writing, but what would I say? For the first time, I was speechless.
I entered that battle with this same energy. I wanted to listen to some music, but I left with so much more. These ladies put me at ease! I didn’t have to worry about anything, other than what record would play next. I cried, laughed, and sang right with them!
I felt inspired as they talked about storytelling, music, and creativity. It spoke to my heart and fed my soul.
I found myself in awe of two queens that paved the way for so many, which include the likes of me. But sometimes, I think we all need to be reminded of where we come from to be reminded of where we’re going. This battle did that for me. It gave me a well-needed pick me up.
Now, if we could get a D’Angelo and Maxwell battle. I would be over the moon.
So, who else would you like to see partake in the Verzuz Instagram Live battles?