I was in a very different time and place in my life when I first became a fan of Sade. The time was 1992; I was a sophmore at UCSB and wore baby doll dresses with biker shorts, except on the days when it was below 65 in which case I wore sweats with UGG boots, because I was cool like that. At that time, I was head over heals for my boyfriend, who happened to be black, so Sade was a natural music selection for us (my gawd, I’m just kidding people), along with Johnny Gill and MC Breed (that I’m not kidding about).
Now, nearly 20 years later (holy shiite), I am finding myself drawn to Sade’s music for many of the same reasons as I was back then:
1) I can pop in a Sade CD, or push play on my i-Appatatus, and just get lost. No fast-forwarding past a random song that sucks. Every song amazes.
2) Her hypnotic voice is otherworldly. Yet, it makes me feel safe right here in my own world, in my own skin; comforted, reassured.
3) It makes me want to drive in the rain, meditate or derobe. Or all of the above.
What I didn’t realize back in the day, even though I had her music on repeat, is that this Soldier of Love, who has been touched God with a voice that can move mountains, has apparently seen the frontlines of the love battle field in her time. In the past, I have been so enraptured by her voice that I have never noticed how emblazened her lyrics are with heartbreak and sadness. I had always thought of Sade’s music as being for the luvahs of the world, in all its smooth sultriness. But over the past few days, I have spent some time really listening to her lyrics; they are all very poignant, and clearly coming from a place of hurt. Soldier of Love reminds me of a non-bitter version of an Alannis Morrissett or P!nk-type female anthem CD; strong woman gets burned, strong woman gets back up, strong woman will not let the pricks of the world bring her down or jade her against the beauty and reality and possiblities of love.
The title track, Soldier of Love, is a dope jam (translation=a great song) with a rhythmic, militaryesque cadence, in keeping with the soldier theme I will venture to guess. I think it’s my favorite track (see video below).
My other faves include The Moon and the Sky, In Another Time and Morning Bird. The latter are rather maudlin tunes about either heart-break or death, yet they both soothe me in a strange way.
“You are the blood of me, the harvest of my dreams. There’s no way I can find peace, and the silence won’t cease.”
Not a huge fan of the fourth track, BabyFather, maybe because it seems like she’s talking about a baby daddies, but apparently she’s talking about how great it is to be a father. And like I said earlier, it’s not enough to make me fast forward passed it. I’m sure after a few more listens I will love it like the rest.
Sade ends her musical journey on a postive note with The Safest Place, in which she proclaims,
“Your love’s in a sacred place, the safest hiding place. My heart has been a lonely warrior before, whose been to war, so you can be sure.” Here she sums up what I said above. She’s a woman scorned but she’s not bitter about it and she’s ready to love again.
And I love her.
So now, here is my charge: Go buy Sade’s CD before Sunday, light some candles, crank the volume and go celebrate Valentine’s Day like a Soldier of Love.
Disclaimer: This blog post is a product review of the new Sade CD. My opinions expressed here are solely my own, and though I should’ve didn’t receive any money for this post, I was able to download a free copy of the music. Yay for me and my love life!