My crib has been kind of notorious for good backyard conversations. It doesn’t take much for the fellas to get a couple of drinks, sit around the outdoor table, and talk a bunch of shit.
The GOOD thing is that usually our shit talking turns into some version of a cathartic conversation that ends up benefitting all involved. Last night was no exception.
While our wives were out participating the debut MoreThanAMother.co event, three of us were able to get together, go outside, and pull up a chair for the evening.
As usual we did our fair share of clowning, but this quickly gave way to how each of us felt about our current life circumstances, where we see ourselves heading in the near and far future, and how does that future correlate to the larger future of the black community as a whole.
This conversation eventually led to music, which is huge in all of our lives to varying degrees, so we can usually use a song, artist, or verse as a reference for whatever point we’re trying to make at the time.
What was different about this night, is we all agreed to listen to a track selected by the other in its entirety. We agreed to be silent, pay attention, and try to understand why the chooser of the track would want us to understand WHY they chose that track in the first place.
No clowning of the choice, the artist, the genre, any potential ensuing emotional reprecussions or whatever else. Just music, silence, and a search for understanding.
So without further delay, here are the tracks that were chosen based on the conversations we were having:
Larry – “The One”: Kanye West and Crew
Marcus – “Momma Loves Me”: Jay Z
Me – “Walt Grace’s Submarine Test January 1967: John Mayer
What do you think of the tracks? Wanna be a part of the conversation? Music speak similarly to you? Holla at me!