My favorite track on LaBelle’s album is an original composition, “I Can Cook”. Its upbeat accompaniment and stellar vocals make it the standout song. With sass and big lungs, Patti blows the audience away in a composition about a woman who can do it all.
Rachel Joyce has a skill for understanding the best of human nature. ‘The Music Shop’ shows she also has an ability to write about music in such a way that the pages almost sing with the joy of it. Surely this ability can only come from a true music lover?
Apart from music, poetry has been a hugely significant part of its creative past and present; and it was poetry that took me to this West London Institution.
What makes a well-known public figure choose to use their creative/artistic platform to support such important causes? It must be in the core of the individual. It must stem from an acquired belief in placing value to people and topics traditionally undervalued. ‘Nahko and Medicine for the People’ are an inspiring example of what can be done by those in the limelight.
The way information is presented, the actually medium in which it communicates, influences how the message is understood.
Thinking back, even the memory of her voice gives me chills throughout my entire body. I rarely experience such a strong reaction to a performance. And to see that reaction ripple through a venue full of people is quite a rhetorical feat.