Audio: Ayah - "Live the Life"

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

I had this amazing English/Africana Studies professor while in college, whose foci included James Baldwin, race in America, and hip-hop. Of everything I learned from this man, I remember and walk with his deep-held belief that the best of art (hip-hop, film, literature, etc.) will inspire audiences to create. I'm definitely reminded of that professor's face and his wisdom when I listen to the soulful songstress, Ayah, on her most recent, Amir Vee-produced track, "Live the Life." It's hard to pinpoint what it is about the 2-minute track that moves me: is it the M-J-Blige-esque run following the three pensive chords that open the song and then loop throughout? The melody? Or is it the montaged chorus that leads the song to its end? It might just be that there are people who actually sing still. Whatever it is, this song makes me wanna sing, find a cuddlebuddy, and hug the night. It may not do the same for you, but spin the track and see if Ayah doesn't move you somehow. (A quick note: turn up the volume to listen, particularly at the end. I almost dismissed this song for being too melancholy, AKA I thought it suicidal in its refrain, which I'd misheard for "I don't wanna live this life." What Ayah actually says is much more beautiful.)

If you're in love after listening, support Ayah by buying it at Bandcamp. Unfortunately, it's the only song posted on what we hope will become a longer project called AyahLudes: 2007 by Ayah.