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Baker's Dozen

Pillars Of Childhood: Lafawndah's Favourite Music
Tara Joshi , April 29th, 2021 09:03

In this week's Baker's Dozen, Lafawndah picks the thirteen pieces of music that made her "want to say things," from Schubert to Busta Rhymes via Midori Takada and Lady Saw


Lauryn Hill - MTV Unplugged No. 2.0

It’s funny, I don’t really remember how I discovered MTV Unplugged. But I didn’t know The Miseducation. My music knowledge was spotty, and not really related to MTV or things that were happening culturally. They had to do with me being in a cave outside culture, and I didn’t have a sibling to guide me in it. In France we had a sort of public library where you could borrow CDs, and it was kind of like me in the darkness making moves. I listened to that record so much, obsessively, and never knew about The Miseducation. My relationship with music is not so much about finding something I love and wanting to know everything about the person and know their discography. It was like a one-off relationship. It’s very minimalist and essential as a record. She’s not a big guitar player, it feels simple or rudimentary or something – almost like loops and mantras. Indian classical music has also been part of my regime or diet, and I think there’s something similar in here. Not in the form, but in the way it calls things in little circles. I loved how her voice was always on the point of breakage without ever breaking, I was really attracted to that. It almost sounds like she’s soothing herself on this record. I think I also was feeling some peace about a woman expressing her emotions, as I sometimes had a hard time with this as a young girl. It’s bold and bare, and I can see how it stayed with me. How I’m interested in both ends of that spectrum.