Monday, May 26, 2014

Kendall - It Ain't The Rain



There's never been any type of secret about my love affair with Kendall Kelly's music.  Doesn't matter if it's performance art or hip hop to pop or dance, if this man creates it; we are guaranteed that it's going to come from a place of importance to him.  I don't think he's ever done anything superfluous or just because he could do it.  I strongly feel that everything he's done in his career has been calculated perfectly to not only affect healing within himself but to his friends, fans and family. 

And as much as I love esoteric Kendall, this minimalist, Spartan Kendall is my favorite iteration of his persona.  When it's just him and a bare backing track, you really get to see him for who he is and what it is that he's been going through.  You are then able to take that in hold it up against your life and find reflected in his performance some truth about your own existence.  We've all been at a point in our lives when we realize that for better or worse, there are times when we just have to give into the plans the universe has for us.  Doesn't matter what we were thinking about at the time, when it comes down on us; and it will, in buckets or droves... we have to submit to it and let it wash over us.

How far do we let ourselves go, though? If we submit wholly to it are we ever going to get ourselves back or have we gone too far? Is it enough to lose our sense of self to let this change happen? Are we conscious enough of our decisions to be able to be able to find our way back if we have to?  Kendall has this magic about him that causes these questions to be asked and it's then our responsibility and our right to do enough self reflection to answer them.