Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Life in a Song 6

Celine Dion is my favorite artist of all time. She was the first 'Life in a Song' I wanted to write but it seemed like every word I put down failed to capture the essence of her music... the joy that radiates from her voice...

Years and memories ago… I lived in a house where I wasn’t allowed to do much else but study and breathe…

  • I got slapped for talking to boys…
  • For reading a romance novel I got beaten so bad I turned green the next day, my body covered in gashes, some of which I still bear the marks today

  • I was punished for watching tv sometimes… and radio was never encouraged

Life... I was supposed to learn life from my father and textbooks…

About two years before I left Nigeria, my step-mother bought a burgundy rechargeable light with an internal cassette player

I can still picture it… portable, glossy… with fluorescent lights…

I don’t remember how I came in contact with my first Celine Dion tape… but I certainly remember how much I fell in love... with the sound that came from a place so deep inside...

Almost every night for those 2 years, I lowered the volume in the rechargeable light/ cassette player and listened to Celine Dion’s albums under my pillow in the non- privacy of the room I shared with my sister Fire and 3 ex- step sisters.

In a house where my very existence was considered a burden, Celine’s voice was freedom.

Celine always told a story … always took me on a journey…

I’d been numb for so long… but she made me cry when she wailed for things lost… and smile when she found something better to take their place…

‘Seduces Me’ is my favorite Celine song at the moment. It starts off with brooding sort-of- Spanish piano playing in an atmosphere of darkness and mystery. Then almost as though she didn’t mean to, her voice comes in…: ‘Everything you are… everything you’ll be… that just the current of love so deep in me… every sigh in the night… every tear that you cry… SEDUCES ME… your most innocent kiss or your sweetest caress SEDUCES ME’

There is perfect precision in what she feels… and in the way she tells me what she feels…

The rhythm of the song is so wonderful that one could listen to it by itself… so it’s basically a bonus that Celine chooses to do any singing at all

‘I don’t care about tomorrow… I’ve given up on yesterday… here and now is all that matters. Right here with you is where I’ll stay…”

Her voice on this bridge is so haunting… rings so true…

‘and all that is you becomes part of me too cos all you do seduces me’ is the best line of the song in my opinion…

I love the highs and lows of the song… it feels like unwrapping a gift

Seduces me is a song on her ‘Falling into you’ album… an album I think should be taken as a high school course… dizzying perfection of this nature should be experienced from a young(er) age. The amount of joy on the album is such that it can make random strangers walk up to each other and hug…

I have no words to describe how I feel when I listen to this song as it changes from day to day. Some days I shrug my shoulders in pleasure… some days I cry… and beauty like that I have to have in my life quite regularly

Ms. Dion is a part of my history… personally and musically.

38 comments:

Uzo said...

Hmm....Its interesting how music can be escape....

Tutsy said...

Couldn't help but notice the pain and anguish behind your words...Wow! u are indeed a survivor. Glad u could find some peace and solace in Celine's music...she's a great singer..i can relate to some of her songs too...think my favorite is "thats the way it is"...something about that song restores lost hope....very encouraging.
Artists like Celine and my personal favorite Mary J. Blige are icons and a huge source of inspiration to millions of women out there. I know listening to some Mary joints save me from blowing my brains out during some difficult times...so i can so relate to this post. One can never underestimate the power of music...glad it saved u just as much as it save me!

Afrobabe said...

ex-step sisters?

Babes I got beaten doubly for all the things you mentioned as well...I wasn't even in a polygamous home....I even got beaten when i told a guy I wasn't interested and he came over to my gate yelling insults...Reason for the beating: If you were not a bad girl you would have told your mother about the letter he sent....we never stood a chance of winning...

coco said...

its amazing how music can mean so much to people and really remind them of other times

Anonymous said...

overwhelmed y you wan blind my eyes.pls change the highlights.its too bright.

brb

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

Uzo: yeah… music has always been an escape for me… and Celine was the start of that

Tutsy: yeah… there’s a lot of pain… there was… but I lived through it… and I’m here… so it’s ok… I’m ok… but for when it was… it was Hell. That’s the way it is… is a great song… I don’t really have a favourite Celine song… I just love them all differently at different moments… she’s amazing… you know I always say that I’ll have this woman at my wedding… and I’d do just about anything to make that happen… I like Mary J. as well… I’ve never owned an album… so I might not be as much of a fan as you are… but she has a lot of beautiful songs that I’ve heard… one of my favourites is the one with method man… all I need… the part where she sang ‘Like sweet morning dew
I took one look at you and it was plain to see that you were my destiny’…so beautiful.

Afrobabe: yeah… my then-step mom had kids from a previous marriage… so they technically weren’t my blood… but when my dad and their mom were together… we called each other step-sisters… but apparently my dad isn’t with their mom anymore… so they’re sort of ex-step sisters (lol… convoluted much?!)… I didn’t live in a polygamous home…just in a home where women didn’t count for much… and were interchangeable. I remember I was having a conversation with a friend a week or so ago… and she said something about the fact that it’s funny how we think we’ve been through some shit in our lives… until we meet someone else…
Keep your head up gorgeous…

Coco: yeah… it is amazing…

Anonymous: sorry I didn’t mean to do that… it’s happened with the last posts cos I basically wrote them as drafts but then copied them and (to cut a long story short… I know what I did… can’t change it now except I rewrite the entire thing which I’m too lazy too… but no more highlights after this I promise)… this is Ide isn’t it… I’ve missed you my darling

Chika said...

Trust me,i feel you in this one.its truly amazing how some songs take you down memory lane.

ebony said...

Hi, your words "I didn’t live in a polygamous home…just in a home where women didn’t count for much… and were interchangeable."...made me feel so sad. I know you're ok now. Just had to share that with you.

laspapi said...

Storm- sad images, sad pictures. Don't let the pain of the past poison the future.
I could picture you lying down quietly with the muted voice of Celine Dion under your pillow in a dark room. You've come a very long way.
How have you been, love?

catwalq said...

dang girl
now i know what to get u for xmas

Jennifer said...

The first cd I ever got was celine dion, I think it was falled "falling into me" or something or other.
she is amazing always will be.

Aijay said...

Absolutely love Celine.
She's got such a beautiful spirit. (You can tell from her songs)
She's amazing!

Anonymous said...

I've been to this page several times but i never left a comment..but that inner voice won't stop this time so i will..
You write so well...soo lucid...always an interesting read cos one can envision ur words...
really really love ur blog.take care and have a beautiful october.

Jaycee said...

I listen to Celine's romantic songs...I love some and hate some...it's a love/hate relationship...

ONB, how are u doing darling?

Arewa said...

I feel u girlfriend.. music is the key.. in good and in bad times..

omohemi Benson said...

Oh! that rechargeable lantern, which home doesnot have it?

I love Celine, she makes magic with her voice and lyrics.

Orientatednaijababe said...

funny enough i was listening to the celine dion's album yesterday at work....was even dancing to it. How strange. I love d sound of her voice, it makes me fall in love with the idea of love

bam bam said...

you went thru all that and you found sumthin that kept you goin,thats inspirational
goes to proof that music is truly food to the soul....

Omosewa said...

Listening now, sexy song. Never heard it.

Mona said...

serious stuff - nostalgia of music sha

all is well dear, how've u been?! xx

Soul said...

amazing.... amazing singer.
one of my mo favourite Celine songs is one of the shortest songs she's ever sung.
It's called.. 'Colour of my love'.

The lyrics are out of this world.

Jezi Brown said...

my musical tastes arent that refined but i sometimes listening to a particular song reminds me of a particular time in my life.
SIGH
good one onb

zaiprincesa said...

OVERWHELMED OH!!!..ive missed you too mami...but i'll try to update, asap...just for you...;)

But Celine is my girl oh....she has gotten me thru some serious rough patches....Hmm..poweer of love...brings back some memories....

Chronicles of a Naija Lady said...

Celine's music brings back a lot of memories. I listened to her music when I fell in love for the first time. Girl, you've got me smiling now o! I don't want my hubby to catch me. Lol!

LurLar said...

Yup Celine is really a true singer...nd she's got it all. She just has that special voice that takes me up there!!!

יש (Yosh) said...

I love most of Celine Dion's:

* To Love You More
* Faith

...those two are my all time favorites...

And that voice...that voice; plus the way her lips move in a way that looks like every sound coming out of her has to take permission from the lips to break forth is just sooo Celine Dion! :)

Where u been, dame?

Have a good weekend

SET said...

CELINE IS ONE OF MY FAV, SHE IS THE BESt live singer i have heard either.

Thoughts Aloud said...

ONB, I was just on my blog today and I thot to myself, something's missing and then it clicked- I haven't been on ur blog in a while.So girl, what's good?U've been good?Hola

emmalolu said...

yo men i used to love celine dion back in the days in naija like every other person untill i got my first love letter from some random razz babe that basically proffessed (naija accent with the "S" factor lol)love to me using the titanic song (my heart would go on i think) danm after that me celine were'nt cul no more..lol...neways menh my friend once tuk to some gurls house tot we was going there just to chill oh didnt know i was the luk out boy untill they went inside the room and told me to keep an eye out long story short sha i learned how to jump fence that day..life is such mehn...

Zephi said...

This why I heart you, inspite of what you go through, you take our focus of the bad and you cope even through a song and you come out strong..

ehn so why have I not seen you in my blog like forever...
oya osiso(Igbo I think for quick?lol) find ya square root to my blog b4 I get mad..lol

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

Chika: hey sweetie… where you been? It’s been such a while… and yeah you’re right… thank the heavens for music

Ebony: thanks darling… it’s a beautiful thing that I’m out of that entire situation… Bless you

Laspapi: It’s not all so sad anymore papi… cos I’m past a lot of it… but it was all once there… that sadness… I can also remember me with her voice… it was one of the beauties of my life… and still is. I’ve been good… a bit ‘out-of-things’ lately… I’ll tell you about it later

Catwalq my darling: lol… feel free to add this gorgeous $5,550 Christian Dior male- watch that I tried on last week and almost refused to take off… lol… God if I owned that watch I’d never frown in my life again.

Jennifer: It’s funny how Celine is a lot of peoples first cds… she’s amazing… I love her… how you doing gorgeous?

Aijay: Thanks for those words… cos I feel the exact same way about her… I could never put everything in words… but you should see the look on my face when I listen to some of her older music… bliss.

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

Anonymous: I just write what I feel… the way I feel… but thanks sweetie… my October has been wonderful so far… we’ve been having weather so good out here I almost can’t believe what month of the year it is… as happy as I am that I don’t have to wear a winter jacket yet… I start thinking about global warming… our environment is going down…(lol… you just might have given me an idea for a blog past)

Jaycee: It is possible for one to ‘hate’ a Celine Dion song… I have never heard of this sort of travesty… lol… please please please tell me which song… and what I can do to change this… lol… my dear I have been great… life is really good… I have a few things on my plate to take care of but other than that… I’m great.

Arewa: that it is… wassup sweetie?

Omohemi Benson: God I’m not the only one who remembers this lantern… lol…. Love you my darling for loving Celine.

Orientatednaijababe: ahhhhhhhhhhh… bliss.

Bam bam: it truly is… thank God for her, her voice and her songs.

Omosewa: it’s so sexy… God… I don’t even have a favourite celine song… I just have particular favourites at particular times… she’s wonderful… I’m listening to natures boy a lot right now… it’s so wonderful. How are you now my sweetheart?

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

Mona: wowwwwww… you’re back?!?! Where have you been?!?!?!

Soul: Isn’t she? I love that song ‘Colour of my love’… I almost wrote about that song and probably still will… it’s so beautiful… ‘falling into you’ is another amazing one… God sometimes they get me to crying…

Jezi Brown: lol… my music taste isn’t exactly refined… I just listen to anything that sounds good… techno, rock, soul, blues, jazz, country… just about everything really…

Zaiprincesa: abeg come back to us oh… I’m not a fan of your sporadic blogging… seriously. I miss you my sweetheart… abeg come back oh….

Chronicles of a Naija Lady: awwwwwwwwwwwww…. You’re so cute… seriously.

Lurlar: Amazing… I’ve actually noticed that a lot of Nigerians know and love Celine Dion… great.

Yosh: See why you’re my backbone… you love the things and people I love. Oh God… you’re killing me with words right now… seriously. I have been here but not here you know… but I promise I’ll be the friend I’m supposed to be real soon… I’ve missed you my sweetheart. My weekend has been AMAZING… I have no words to describe… had a blast! And I still have 2 days left from it… so I still have the opportunity to do even more… cant wait… goshhhhhh

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

Set: I agree… she’s wonderful

Thoughts Aloud: lmao… you’re so cute… I haven’t really been doing any blog rounds lately… but I will be… and you’ll be one of the first I check… thanks for the love darling… I’ve been good… good like you won’t believe… lol… I look around me… and smile… things are great. How have you been… miss sporadic… lol.

Emmalolu: lmao… God… that is funny… I hope you have a blog cos I’m sooo coming on to read and putting you on my links immediately… you’re fucking hilarious!!! Haha… I swear… you had me cracking up… haha… I’m a fan oh…

Zephi: my sweetheart abeg don’t vex with me oh… I haven’t been going on blog rounds lately but I promise I’ll rectify that in the next few days… and read up on everything I’ve missed oh… sorry my darling… you know I love you now… and yes your Igbo is fantastic but don’t worry… I’ll teach the other things you don’t know. Be well my darling.

The Last King Of Scotland said...

celine is the ish...........voice is so powerful yet so subtle calming and relaxing

NikkiSab said...

I so understand the comfort,love,escape,happiness,memory time link and infact just a soul comforter. Sorry about ya pain, but wat dont kill u will only make u stronger and i trust u r now. thanks for stopping by.

CATWALQ a.k.a LAGBA-JESS said...

ole, thief
$5500 ko 55 kobo watch ni
if u have it u won't frown again? ehn-ehn?
plese take it off and return it o. i don't have money for ticket to canada not to talk of bailing u out.
useless girl
and update too

Kafo said...

Keep your head up
I'm reading the post and keep going back to the beginning where you describe your living conditions and I'm like WHAT

Keep your head up