Seigar, the photographer, is back.
Today I bring you “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monáe, her clearest Prince tribute to date. The music and the lyrics play with the same sexiness, gender game, and ambiguity as the purple genius used to surprise us with. “Baby, don’t make me spell it out for you,” she says. Even the video becomes a tribute to his aesthetics and image. This is a fantastic funky song with everything on its side to be a hit.
Image, lyrics, and sound bring Prince to our minds. For his fans this would be just like an unexpected candy. It makes us feel we haven’t lost him yet. The fact that new singers can capture some of his soul and create new stuff is refreshing and hopeful. This is the first single of her next album which is meant to be her most sincere and confessional until now, “coming from my heart” she has stated.
Janelle is an eclectic singer, she has intelligently mixed diverse music genres such as jazz, funk, opera, electronic, pop or R&B before. Her voice is powerful and unique too. So we can’t wait to listen to what is she has done this time. Choosing this Prince tribute to start with is totally appealing.
This girl has also “The Motown” touch. Her influences are so rich… Read what she once said about Michael Jackson:
“According to my Aunt Gloria, it was apparent that making music was my dream after she took me to Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ concert in my hometown Kansas City. The next morning I went to church and started beating on the back of a pew, tapping and singing Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ extremely loud during my pastor’s sermon! The whole church chuckled, and I believe I was escorted out. That moment gave me great joy and extra confidence.”
Well, come on Janelle, sing something for us now.
(Song recommendation by Seigar)