A few months ago I was contacted by Eliza Cerdeiros, the creator of the Motivational Monday project, to do a guest post. I said yes & started think of a motivational phrase to letter. As time went on I found myself struggling trying to come up with something. One day while at work I decided to listen to my Erykah Badu collection, especially since she’s coming to town in August as part of the Twilight Concert Series. I put the songs on random & two songs in “Didn’t Cha Know” came on & the line “I was born to make mistakes, but I ain’t scared to take the weight” hit me & I knew I had to letter it. You can buy this print on my Big Cartel Shop or My Etsy Shop.
I know I’ve talked about the Twilight Concert Series on this blog before… basically it’s one of the best things the city of Salt Lake has to offer. Every summer the City Arts Council continues impress me with the quality of artists they bring to the stage. This year the beautiful & inspirational Erykah Badu with grace the stage on August 8th.
My love for Badu began in the late 90s while I was working a record store. For months my best friend & coworker would pop in her 1997 debut Baduizm or Live album in during our morning shifts & jam our day away. Luckily the two of us were still working the same store when Badu released her 2000 release, Mama’s Gun. Whoa!!! The album instantly became a favorite! The track that seems to stick with me is “Didn’t Cha Know”, I always find myself relating to it with each listen.
In 2007 an opportunity the two of us thought would never happen, happened. Erykah Badu visited SLC! The evening blew our minds. We cried, we carried big ass smiles on our faces, it was a true night to remember. In 2008, Badu released the brilliant, New Amerykah Pt. 1: 4th World War, this to me is the record that could very well top them all.
Okay, okay, the fact that Badu is returning to SLC is a blessing in my eyes. Thank you City Arts Council.