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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


Janet Jackson - ‘Together Again’

It was the time where you could buy single CDs, and I didn’t have the money to buy full albums. I don’t remember how I stumbled upon her, but again I was not inside the culture. So I’m pretty sure I got this because I Ioved the cover. It looked demented. I just like beats, so to hear a girl singing on such a fast beat that was so pop was very inspiring. It was pretty life changing for me. Most of the things I was hearing on the radio at the time were more like slow-jams, romantic jams, white girls with guitars being sad – which obviously I also got into. But I think the beat was always where it was at for me, and ‘Together Again’ is probably one of the first songs I heard with such an incredible rhythm, but also the actual song! It stuck with me for sure. I didn’t know what it was about at the time – there are so many examples of songs you connect with as a kid without knowing the depth of the intention on the side of the artist. But maybe you feel that still as a kid or a teenager or whatever: you hear something about what the intention of the artist is. In this case it’s a pretty heavy subject. I read recently it was supposed to be a ballad but she decided to make it into a celebratory song. For someone who never really belonged anywhere, it was liberating to see things that were like a mish-mash that didn’t have a clear place of belonging.