When I wake up and realize it’s Aaliyah’s birthday
I’m gonna be so excited and dance
Then I’m gonna watch her silly moments and her MTV diary
Then I’m gonna watch all her music videos and try to dance like her
Then I’m gonna watch all her interviews and red carpet events
I’m gonna sing along to her songs
^ this, this and all of this
honoring babygirl: day fifteen
aaliyah, i care 4 u, aaliyah
honestly, this is one of my absolute favorite songs of all time. its almost a shame that the song didnt make it to the final track list for one in a million since it was produced shortly after the album was mastered. in hindsight its great i care 4 u made the aaliyah album because it definitely fits the theme and the essence of womanhood as portrayed in her final album.
this song indirectly speaks to the rebound relationship some reluctantly engage in. i appreciate her honestly because ive played rebound and believe me, its not the business. actually, its pretty awful. the difference between what this song is talking about and the reality of things, or at least my reality, is that it doesnt end well. in my experience, it starts off all blissful but eventually that fairytale quickly fades into a nightmare and things quickly go downhill.
what aaliyah puts on display is her unconditional love for this man regardless of what he has been through as well as how his past relationship injured his ego; she is able to turn this horrible, emotionally turbulent situation into one of undying love and care for this man that has been through, been through.
close your eyes and let babygirl use her vocals to sing you to sleep.
honoring babygirl: day four
aaliyah, we need a resolution, aaliyah
we need a resolution was the lead single from aaliyahs third and her most mature album to date. it is a hard knocking track speaking about the necessity to resolve those inevitable challenges that arise within relationships. tim(baland) starts the track off by acknowledging the fact that he is tired of arguing because clearly the arguing is not addressing the core of the problem.
babygirl responds with a series of questions inquiring:
am i supposed to change? are you supposed to change? who should be hurt? who should be blamed? …will we remain?
to be honest, i get thrown off with the severity of this song because im distracted by the hotness of the video. say what you want about the song but the way she moves her body is so graceful and seems almost effortless. and im not necessarily talking about the choreographed dancing per se, although that is on point as well, im making reference to way she simply moves. i love the scene with the snake. i love the invisible table she is laying on. i love her make-up; its four minutes of aesthetic beauty for the eyes and the soul.
ok. ok. ill calm down. this is one of my favorite aaliyah tracks simply for the video that complements this song. not to mention, the beat knocks, hard.