As I am so busy obsessing over this Frank Ocean album that will possibly never come (just kidding, it will come in November. IT MUST!), I almost forgot there is another Frank Ocean’esque person in our lives. Thankfully she was on stage singing as amazing as she always did last weekend, which my North American “sister” shared on Facebook so I could enjoy it too: Ms. Lauryn Hill.
She is just like Frank Ocean: beautiful, rare and magical like a unicorn. You hardly ever see or hear from them, but still you have hope that they exist (or to be more specifically and less morbid: that their music exists). Hill has given us the amazing Miseducation of Lauryn Hill back in 1998 and I have many fond memories of it. One is driving in my brothers car and listening to the cd. It is a rarity that my brother and I like the same music, as he is not into music a lot and I am (well, on a listeners level 😉 ) and his music only exists from odd mixtapes with lots of pop music on it, many good songs though! Anyway, Lauryn Hill is an artist we both appreciated, which was cool. Especially To Zion and Forgive Them Father For are songs we (or probably just me) would sing out loud in the car.
And then there was this holiday I went on with this girl I used to love, when I was thirteen years old. It was a group trip to France, and we were listening The Ex-Factor a lot, while laying on the beach. It was a very strange holiday, when I think back to it, there are so many feelings I feel! I also listened to Sisqo a lot back then, unfortunately the album I used to listen to does not seem to be on Spotify. It was pretty cool actually.
The years after that I would still listen to Lauryn Hill a lot, especially When It Hurts So Bad is one of my favorite songs, together with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill cause it is such a lovely song to sing along to. I love the atmosphere of the album, those warm summer nights kinda songs, her amazing deep voice, the messages.. Heck, I even like the in between pieces that I always dislike on any album. I love how people are talking about love, kids in school, it’s adorable. (side note: there is actually also a song by Mack Wilds where people all talk about what they think is love, called Art of Fallin, very real).
So throughout my life Lauryn Hill has given me some great feelings and even some guidance in a way, especially when I was being a super difficult teen at 13. Especially the title song, which I pretty much understand differently than she actually sings it, but it does not matter, it helped me through something, so the song was a war song and now it is very soothing to listen to. And I Used to Love Him, also a very good one, taught me it is okay to feel the way she describes in the song, really beautiful. I don’t think I have listened to it well enough though, cause I made some mistakes in the same theme later. 😛