90 Minutes to Love: Georgia Anne Muldrow

by Darren Clarke, October 

“We can begin to not only advocate for Black people, but to adore them. Not just Black Lives Mattering.” 

“Superheroes are righteous vigilantes. And we should all be vigilant in saving what’s real and pure in ourselves. We should unify, and whoop the un-real’s ass. When I became my own superhero my life improved 1000 percent. I found a way to free myself and live my dreams. And be more creative and artistic. Every superhero deserves their own theme music. And if you’re inspired to be your own superhero, then I’d love to be your theme music.”

Georgia Anne Muldrow to Under the Radar Magazine in 2021

Yeah, Georgia Anne Muldrow is like that. You should adore her, you should aspire to live a life that her music can be the theme music for.

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) once compared Muldrow to some of the greatest singers in history- Roberta Flack, Nina Simone, Ella Fizgerald, telling the New York Times: “She’s like religion. It’s heavy, vibrational music. I’ve never heard a human being sing like this.”

Now, maybe you don’t know Georgia Anne Muldrow. I didn’t until a few years ago when I stumbled upon her music when searching for something new, something, borrowed, something blazingly true, to complete a music mix I was making. Once I found her I knew though. I knew in that way you know when you meet someone special, that you’re vibrating along similar frequencies, that you’re going to be great friends, that that person is going to bring a lot of light and love to your life. And so she does.

“I just want my music to help make somebody happy about themselves – which is a form of resistance in itself – so that they can fight another day.”

Georgia Anne Muldrow to Huckmag.com, 2019

I talk a lot about music but isn’t this often the bottom line to its’ draw? Music helps you feel happy about yourself. We forget, I forget, that when you strip away all the layers of philosophy, style and perspective, that at its’ heart music is creating something that makes you happy and then thinking, “I need to share this with someone!”

The last 90 Minutes to Love instalment featured the dreamy offerings of Scotland’s Boards of Canada, a band made up of two brothers who spent two years in the late 70’s in Calgary, Alberta. In those two years the brothers were inspired by the same National Film Board (NFB) vignettes I was watching in Grade 7/8 in Thorold, Ontario. But while I’m sure that shared experience makes the connection between me and the music more obvious I don’t think it’s in any way necessary for a meaningful experience.

Georgia Anne Muldrow was born in 1983 in Los Angeles, California. The shared experiences of time and place and circumstance etc. between Muldrow and Boards of Canada wouldn’t appear to be aligned and in many real ways they simply aren’t. But. But following the Boards of Canada playlist with one from Muldrow is the perfect musical transition in that, however different Muldrow’s unique take on jazz/funk/soul/whatever is, there is a shared appreciation for the magic of being inspired by beauty to create something beautiful and then pass it on.

And whatever our differences may be, isn’t that we are trying to do at our best? Pass something beautiful on?

I will close by telling you that musically, socially, politically, philosophically, Georgia Anne Muldrow has way more to offer you than is included in this blog post and playlist. I encourage you to seek it out. I encourage you to adore her, to make her music the theme music for whatever your most important enterprise as a person is, to realize, as she shared with Under the Radar Magazine, that the best of our individual dreams can save not only what is real and pure in ourselves, it can inspire us to share it as well-

“My imagination has its own streets and roads. I’m a lucid dreamer—when I wake up, I know where I went. Dreaming is my superpower. When I wake up, I can hear my dream. Not see it anymore, but hear it, and remember it. Sometimes it’s being dictated to me, and I pay attention to my ancestors as far as what they need. So, there are all types of things going on at the same time that enable me to make structures of sound. Before, I was ashamed of my imagination, because I could live in my own world, quite well. And be quite the recluse. A lot of feelings, just unspoken. But because of the music, I’ve learned to open up, reach a point in my motivation where [pauses]… Where I can share my feelings through my music.”