Solange released her third studio album, A Seat at the Table (2016) last month and it features songs like ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ and ‘Cranes In The Sky’. Honestly, I haven’t really listened to any songs by Solange in the past and I’d only recognise her as being Beyonce’s older sister. ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ is a mix between funk music and electronic and it definitely grew on me the more times I listened to it. This songs accurately reflects how important Black people express themselves through their hair and how we should celebrate how unique it and ignore any negative comments/ideas about our hair. The first line says ‘Don’t touch my hair, When it’s the feelings I wear’, its weird beacuse I can relate to people in the past literally coming up to me, uninvited and touching my hair like it’s some sort of magical artefact. LOL. I like how she notices that our hair is a way of self-expression whether we use weaver or go natural. I particularly like the pre-hook where she says ‘They don’t understand, What it means to me, Where we chose to go, Where we’ve been to know’ because it truthfully talks about how sometimes Black people’s hair is said to be undesirable compared to European hair and how other people might not understand why we like to take care of hair so much. Check out this great song below:
‘Cranes In The Sky’ is the lead single of her album and it was actually written in 2008. The song talks about the pains of being an African-American woman and how Solange tried to deal with these problems through drinking, sex etc. The first verse says ‘I tried to drink it away, I tried to put one in the air, I tried to dance it away, I tried to change it with my hair‘, Solange is literally trying to push those negative thoughts and feelings away from her and she feels as if the rejection she has faced, over the years, are hanging over head like cranes in sky. I really like the music video for this song, it reflects how beautiful and delicate her voice and this song is. There are some great scenery in the music video and the harmonies when she says Away is so beautiful. Fun fact: the music video for this song was shot in nine different cities. Please listen to this song below:
I hope you like this weeks special on Solange and please tell me whether you’d like to see more artist specials from me!