My Ode to Arrested Development

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! Happy weekend, happy relaxation, happy…oh let’s keep it real. For me, it’s happy catch up laundry, happy 8th time watching Coraline and working on my son’s playroom. We’re changing it from baby jungle to dinosaurs. I’m super excited and will definitely post pictures.

I wanted to talk about something a little different tonight because I’m in a good vibey music mood. So I was driving to work today and one of my all time favorite jams came on. It was People Everyday by Arrested Development. I cranked that bad boy up and jammed all the way to the work. I remember when I first heard this group. 1992 they released  3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of… My family had just moved from the states. I was the new girl, the new black girl who was already really different because I was coming from Germany. I was trying to figure out everything I could to fit in with everybody. Then I saw the video and I saw how the group looked and how they were dressed. I saw how they were Afrocentric and black and proud and colorful and full of life. People Everyday  was 3 minutes and 26 seconds of pure black magic for me and I loved them. I wanted to sing with them and hang with them. This group is what I would call my tribe today.

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Arrested Development band | Arrested Development

They were eclectic and unique and smart and hilarious. I still do not understand why she said ‘Headliner, I challenge you to a game of horseshoes. A GAME OF HORSESHOES!’ Now I will bet that everyone who knows this group and the song a-knows that part was in the song Tennessee and b-you read it out loud and said it just like she did! So I wanted to write an open letter to the group and particularly their lead vocalist, Speech.

Much peace & love to you.

I first want to thank you all for being yourselves. If I watched any of the videos with no volume, I would still feel the vibes of self-love, black radiance and beautiful unity. Before seeing you, I thought I was supposed to look a certain way and act a certain way. Before hearing you, I thought that music was just music. It wasn’t a spoken language, a healing tool, a bridge of the minds, center of complex thoughts and dreams -it was just some notes, both sang and played and created by someone. AFTER hearing and seeing you, I was reminded that I can be different and happy and not have to worry about what anyone else thinks.

I thank you for bringing forth another genre, another option. The album captured a state of mind that hadn’t been awakened quite the same and I am a product of that. I thank you for your strength. I thank you for the great vibes that I still ride to this day. I thank and appreciate you.

Signed,

The Green Loc’d Momster

(a.k.a. Cassandra)

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