Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: D’Angelo Performs The Charade on SNL

1 Feb

D'Angelo peforms The Charade on SNLI’ve been loving listening to the new D’Angelo album ever since it came out last month.  Fourteen years since his last effort, it was well worth the wait.  Lush, thoughtful funk and jazz instrumentals, D’Angelo’s velvety falsetto still there, and lyrics that speak to today’s time–especially to what it means to be black today.

Along with what I’m slowly coming to feel are my Twitter “roomies,” even if they don’t know I’m there:), I positioned myself on my couch with blanket and cat in tow to plod through a bad night of Saturday Night Live skits to get to D’Angelo’s performance on the show.  Some tweeps were ready to hang it up and not wait, but they did, and like me were so, so glad.  D’Angelo, even though a lot of shade was thrown for his first cowboy-looking outfit complete with scarf-pancho and western hat, beckoning some to call him “D’Angelo Unchained,” performed Really Love.  Tweets quickly moved from fashion critiques to “Yes! It’s Really Love with live strings!”…”That’s my jam!”

Sitting through more skits was again worth the wait when it became clear the next song D’Angelo would perform was The Charade.  A potent nod to all that’s been happening with the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Ferguson and more, the song’s lyrics call out..”all we wanted was a chance to talk, instead we’ve only got outlined in chalk..”  The band wore Black Lives Matter and I Can’t Breathe t-shirts and hoodies, and some tweeted D’Angelo’s hooded jacket represented for Trayvon Martin.  It was a beautiful, bold powerful statement that validated time spent watching SNL, as a forum for important music moments.  Thank you, D’Angelo for last night’s big moment.

Here’s a link via Sons and Brothers    a site focused on helping America’s young people of color reach their full potential in school, work and life to BuzzFeed writer Jim Dalrymple’s take on the evening’s performance, and the best video of the SNL peformance posted to date:







Jim Dalrymple – @jdalrymple





2 Responses to “Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: D’Angelo Performs The Charade on SNL”

  1. Sherry Gordon February 2, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

    Dear Wendy Jane,

    Hi, there, my so, so very precious and dearest white sisterfriend, Wendy Jane!!!!!! Finally, I was able to get to the Iowa City Public Library in order to use their computer, sister-I am so annoyed with my very silly and temperamental computer for the darn thing not working anymore!!!!!! I am so, so sad that I can’t respond to your very inspiring and magnificently brilliant blog post articles sooner since my home computer isn’t working but I will go for sure to the Iowa City Public Library as often as I can, my sweet white sister, Wendy Jane!!!!!!! I haven’t been able to find local friends yet who feel technologically able enough to help me with that darn home computer of mine, but I won’t give up, sister-if worse comes to worse, Wendy Jane, I will just have to buy a new computer as soon as I am able, and in the meanwhile go to the Iowa City Public Library, sisterfriend-UGH!!!!!!! (SMILE!!!!!!!) Oh, well, at least I have the library computers to use!

    Wendy Jane, I thank-you, thank-you, thank-you so, so very profusely for this soulful and spectacularly fantastic tribute from our D’Angelo, my precious and dearest white sisterfriend!!!!!! This has just made my day-I loved this by our D’Angelo and the others-what great and empowering, soulful and inspiring singing and lyrics, and such fantabulous intrumentation, sister!!!!!! I, too, think is is just wonderful and so cool that they paid tribute to our dear black persons who have lost their lives with such cruelty and in such an unjust and an unfair manner, Wendy Jane!!!!!!! The librarian gave me some headphones to wear in order for me to be able to listen to this great musical work of art, my white sisterfriend who you are so, so very much For Always, Wendy Jane!!!!!! Sitting through those skits on SNL the way you did, sisterfriend, was indeed well worth the effort-you had such fun cuddling up with your dear cat-that sounds like so, so very much fun, Wendy Jane!!!!!! This powerful and soulful great feat of musical artwork was indeed well worth listening to, my sister!!!!!!!

    The very empowering and encouraging work Sons and Brothers does so, so well in helping youth of color realize their very great potential and talent is just priceless and very vitally necessary. I love this, friendsister!!!!!! What great work they do for our young persons who well deserve the very best!!!!!! Wendy Jane, you have just made my Monday that much brighter and better by this astounding and remarkable blog post article of yours as usual as always, and your great contribution of music by our D’Angelo and the other fine and full of spirit people!!!!!! It gives me such immense and immeasurable joy to have you as my dearest and so, so very precious white sisterfriend, and to joyfully read and respond to your soulful and Spirit-filled blog post articles, Wendy Jane!!!!!!! I am just so, so very glad that I made it back to the Iowa city Public Library in order to use their computer to write to you, sister, since that darn home computer of mine is not working and it is not cooperating with me!!!!!! My so, so very special and dearest, precious white sisterfriend who you are so, so very much For Always, Wendy Jane, please have a very nice, special, and a very blessed Happy Monday and For Always, my sweet white sister!!!!!!!

    Very Warmly and Sincerely For Always, my white sister, Wendy Jane, and Blessings and Even More Blessings To You For always, my white sisterfriend,

    Your lesbian black sisterfriend For Always in solidarity, Sherry Gordon

    • Wendy Jane February 2, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

      Hi Sherry,

      I did get your note and was sorry to hear about your computer troubles. That is such a pain isn’t it, and I hope you get it fixed as soon as possible. My computer has been giving me trouble–it runs really slow, and keeps saying something about the scripts and plug-ins being busy or not working, and of course I have no idea what that all means!

      Thanks always for taking the time to visit the blog, and to comment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the D’Angelo post, and that the librarian was able to give you headphones to listen to the D’Angelo songs. You made my snowy Monday here a lot better by hearing from you.

      Stay warm!
      Wendy Jane

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