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My Thoughts on Better – Chrisette Michele’s New Album

Listening Party 6/10/2013

Listening Party 6/10/2013

When I started listening to the CD I started with the “In My Bed – Sleeping Alone” intro. I was curious what it was about because I spent my first & last winter in NYC cold & many nights wishing I had some body heat. Those of you that’s heard the CD knows Chrisette is talking about her experience during a break up in the intro. However, listening to “Get Through The Night” the first time I felt it was more metaphoric. The word night is symbolic of a dark place in one’s life & not always a time period during a day that is simply dark. So if one is simply waiting to get through the night they know when morning comes it’s going to be a “brighter day.” Morning doesn’t actually come when its bright outside but at 12:00:01am which is basically midnight. Midnight is a point of transition from darkness to dawn which is early morning. It’s the time you actually see the darkness leave & the day light come. That’s why morning is symbolic of a breaking forth. So the words “When I finally rise I will stand tall….morning won’t be like the night time. Can’t wait til sunshine. Can’t wait to my eyes open again. I know I’ll smile in the daytime” to me is saying if I can just get through this dark moment” /transition period I know that “tomorrow” (a new beginning) is going to be BETTER! We all go those times in our life. I just recently came out of a night season but I’m much better now & I’m definitely smiling again.

Months before “Better” was released Chrisette talked about how she was better, had been healed, etc. No doubt she’s a musical genius & the message in the music is different then before. As a writer myself, I know some compositions are directly or indirectly speaking about one’s life. So just as she stated this album reflects her being in a different place. When I purchased “Let Freedom Reign” I purchased the other two albums around the same time. It was then that I noticed the tone of the album matched they style of her hair. For example, when “I Am” was released Chrisette had long & flowing hair. That album has a soft tone. The way the Chrisette’s hair is now is simple an expression of her being free to express herself however she feels. Again, this is reflected in “Better” and was foretold in her song “If Nobody Sang Along.” “Would I take the time to write it? Would I say what’s on my mind? If nobody sang along?” Then she goes on to say “Maybe I need to just say what I want to say. Maybe I should tell my story. Maybe I should sing my song…….if I’d only write it and just say what’s on my mind. I’ll be all over your TV screen….. If I say what’s inside of me I might set somebody if I just be me.” I don’t watch TV (nothing deep, just prefer music & my laptop) but she’s definitely all over my news feed on Facebook! Lol

I first listened to Better as I was preparing to go to a meeting. So many thoughts went through my mind off lines I wanted to tweet but told myself I would be late for my meeting if I started expressing how much I liked the album or if I replayed another song. So I decided to blog. I’ve already said a lot so I’ll pull out my favorite lines another time. However, I’ll comment on the other two tracks that spoke to me & had my soul screaming, “Yes, that’s it! That’s how I feel.”

The first one is “Supa.” I definitely know what it’s like to feel like I have “An S on my chest.” However, just like Chrisette expressed in the song that although “I’m extraordinary” sometimes I just want chill & I need a man who will love me just the same in my sweats & T-Shirt as he will when I’m doing my thing. In fact, maybe 2 years ago I started praying for Chrisette to find a man that would love her for who she is & not “Who she is.” (one of which I emailed myself 🙂 ) Meaning, that he loves her the person she is – not who she has become. Although, we love who we are in the public eye, but at the end of the day after the day, after the interviews, autographs, and everything else comes with who we’ve become there must be a balance and he appreciates who we are &  not just in “Visual Love.”

The last song I believe is my favorite. I can’t get it off my mind because it captures how I feel at the moment. That is “You Mean That Much To Me.” This song is so deep and intimate. We all know that “Some people search high & low. For someone to make them whole. (because I’ve never met another man like D) So I’m not letting go. Cause you mean that much to me. Take all this love from me……here is my offering. (deep line.) Cause you mean that much to me. I’ll be your refuge be your sanctuary….” I’m done! Caught up in another world called love and “I’m not asking for much just “A Couple of Forevers.”

I love Chrisette. Her energy, her spirit, the fact that she puts God at the for-front in all that she does. “Better” is definitely Chrisette showing out and taking it to another level. I’m looking forward to whatever she has coming next & she definitely has my support.

Dr. Mindy A. Butler                                                                                                                       @drmabutler – Twitter                                                                                      bookings@mindyabutler.com


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