As many of you know, I do a weekly radio show on my local (awesome) station, KHUM. It’s a free-form station not beholden to the likes of Clear Channel or … anyone, actually. The DJs pick what they play and that makes for an amazing variety of tunes.
A few weeks ago I was listening to my buddy Mike, the mid-day DJ (who has won Best DJ in Humboldt County TWO years in a row, BTW) and heard a song with a lyric that literally made me stop what I was doing and look at my phone in amazement. (I stream the station on my phone. I don’t know the last time I owned a “real radio”.)
The line was, “I like the things about me that I once despised.”
I immediately texted Mike and said, “Uh… what, pray tell, is this song that is so clearly the anthem for curlies EVERYWHERE?!”
Turns out it was Mavis Staples, and it’s a song from her new album. The song is called I Like The Things About Me, and you can listen here:
The album was released recently and is called One True Vine. Turns out, the song was written by Mavis’ dad, “Pops” Staples. Learning that made me love it even more, since I’m super close to my dad, and I love that this song and message have been passed down through their family, much like I feel like accepting my curls has been passed down from MY dad.
I don’t mean to imply that YOU have ever despised YOUR curls. I just know that a lot of the curlies I talk to did, and now they don’t. And the freedom of that is not to be understated. The confidence that comes from fully accepting ourselves permeates many aspects of our lives and is why our tagline of You Have The Right To Remain Curly is so powerful.
It’s also why this song is so powerful, in my opinion. Music is not just the background to our lives, filling the silence while we answer email or cook dinner. It gets in our soul and reminds us of how we want to be. Of WHO we want to be. Maybe you’re not there yet. But I believe that songs like this with messages like this have the power to move us forward.
I, for one, DO like the things about me that I once despised.
(My hair anyway. We’ll work on the rest of it later. :) )
I’m stoked that this song can serve as a reminder of that. :)