I was hooked from the moment I saw the teaser for Terence Nance’s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. So before I got to experience the film I checked out some of his other work that is available online, including a short entitled Exorcising Rejection which features this incredibly soothing song from RJD2:
I usually post a review/reflection of a film before I post about the music but I’m somewhat ambivalent about Beasts of the Southern Wild. I like Hushpuppy, I like her relationship with her dad, I cried during the film, but something felt a bit off about how the story was told. For certain, it was not the music. Check out some of the songs from the film:
If you’d like to read recommendations/reflections of the film check out:
“An Unexpected, Enduring Lesson From Beasts of the Southern Wild” on Colorlines
“Magic, a Hushpuppy, and the Beasts of the Southern Wild” by P. Djeli Clark
*Update: Looks like the original video I posted has been removed. Here is a featurette on the music in the film:
In writing my Akata Witch post, I recalled memories of putting together cultural events with my colleagues in college. No matter the event, music was one of the most critical components of it — our events would not exist without African songs from the past and current hits.
Magic System’s Premiere Gaou is one of those songs that takes me back to the days of imitating our parents with fashion shows, potlucks, and parties. Check it out:
And a few more tracks that take me back to college:
I watched Medicine for Melancholy with both of the men I dated while living in NYC. The second one was as enamored with the music of the movie as I was. As a gift he gathered all of the tracks from the movie and burned them onto a CD for me. When he couldn’t find a couple of the songs, he Facebook’d Barry Jenkins and asked him where the tracks could be found and got a response! We are no longer together but I still have love for Barry for doing that LOL.
The Changes No One Needs to Know is probably my favorite song from the movie but here are a few others that top the list (and could be found on YouTube). Enjoy!