Current situation: Listening to “Band-aids Over Bullet Wounds” by Godchild the Omen (again).
Let me start this by saying that I rarely (almost never) listen to anyone’s CD/album/stream straight through anymore. That includes even my favorite singers. I usually listen to about three songs before switching to another artist. I have a mix CD already cued up, have my radio stations programmed, and YouTube has my top songs ready for me when I log in. I’m a musician. I sing, play the piano, have written songs, and used to dance. I’m serious about what I hear. My ears are sensitive to certain sounds.
I’m also a poet. Normally, I would specify that I’m “spoken word artist,” but sometimes, you hear other artists who make you rethink what it is that you do. This be one of those times (Yes, I mean to say that).
I am all about the poetry community. I will support poets at their activities, interact online, and try to attend book signings as well as workshops. The beautiful thing about this art form is that it comes in so many different packages. It’s literally like verbal music genres. You can hear soft elevator-type poems to pieces that match hard rock. And then…and then…there is a voice of someone who speaks and makes audiences appear because people are drawn to listen. Godchild is that poet.
The first time I ever heard him, he was competing in a poetry slam. I remember his performance. I’ve seen him host multiple events and have watched the crowds respond. In fact, a performing arts coach told me to take note of how Godchild moves on stage and doesn’t race when he speaks (I was trying to squeeze 4.5-minute poems into 3-minute time limits). I had liked the pieces I’d heard. Of course, everybody else already knew how talented is his, so I was just late to the party.
Honored with the 2014 Best Poet of the Year Award at the 2nd Annual Black Men Rock Image Awards
The Scene (Local & Emerging Art Series) Godchild the Omen: Dictation From The Spirit (Ep. 4)
Then, he announced that he was working on this CD.
Me: Ooh! I want to buy one!
So, why did I decide to write you about it? Honestly, I felt I needed to tell someone. This is the type of album that I would purchase a second time if I ever lost the first.
Now, we do have different views/beliefs on some topics, but I can still appreciate the way this tied together. First off, the introduction is hype. How many people get a chance to hear Redman introduce them on the microphone?! Cool! The title stayed in my head also: “Band-aids over Bullet Wounds.” We talk about not getting to the root of issues and using superficial methods to hide deep hurts, so I wondered if the title wasn’t just for the CD but also for the audience. In listening to the subjects covered on this LP (can we still use that?), it feels that we don’t just feel the concerns and pain of the speaker but can also relate to the topics at hand.
Godchild shares pieces on issues like racial profiling, dating, religion, and alcoholism. I found myself not just hearing but listening to understand. There are lessons or jewels he’s trying to get across, which come through as education through art. Imagine one of your favorite lyricists sitting across the table from you and talking in rhyme to help you understand your homework – that’s how I hear this CD. It didn’t feel as if I was listening to him “perform” or repeating something canned. It comes across as active, genuine conversation with me, the listener. Any questions that I had were answered by the end of each track, almost like he anticipated them. It is this combination of subject, style, and delivery that has me pressing “replay.”
I’ve never posted a review or rating on my blog, but you have to know that this is easily 5 of 5 stars.
Support the arts and buy the CD. Follow him on IG at https://www.instagram.com/godchild360/ for updates.