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Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 2, 2010 by thebibliophile

Michel Martin interviews singer Maxwell 

Michel Martin did a great interview with singer Maxwell – I really like how humble he is and the opportunity to really hear from his perspective, how he feels his music has evolved over the years. I particularly like that he talks about imagination and the listener being able to connect with a song, without the mediator of his narration about what a song means to him. He briefly discusses the narcissism of assuming that he as the musician has ownership of all meanings of a song – and that part of what’s boring about music these days, is that listeners don’t get to have a song exist outside of the narrative of what it means to the artist. That’s an interesting and different perspective. 

Which brings me to one of the reasons that I adore Maxwell (outside of the hair, swagger, and powerful sexiness), there is a humility – and it doesn’t feel put on to me. There is a manliness that doesn’t feel like performance to me – and that also does not feel to be a stereotype of gender normativity (see Justin Timberlake, Usher, Trey Songz). I find that so incredibly endearing that as a fan, I’m not mad (at least not anymore) that Maxwell took time to be a person, to evolve and develop as a man, and then to continue with his art and work.

I love watching the reverence with which he treats Roberta Flack as they sing their duet.