Happy Friday, Toads! It's Marian here with a new and exciting music prompt for you! Get ready for inspiration from the Land of Izy. We are travelling to Minneapolis, Minnesota to experience the music of rapper, singer, and spoken word artist DESSA.
Izy and I worked on our collaborative poem, speaking for myself anyway,
I tried to soak up as much of Izy as I could so that we could find a
subject that resonated for both of us. (Oh, who am I kidding, we were
both crushed out on each other and trading things we loved, and
particularly chatting about music, like a coupla teeangers on a first
date.) I knew a bit about the MPLS scene, which we visited in an earlier music prompt featuring The Jayhawks, but I wanted to know what current
music on the scene got Izy excited.
much exhaustive questioning and prodding, I learned that Dessa is one
of Izy’s favorite artists, as well as Doomtree, the MPLS indie hip-hop
collective of which Dessa is a part. Izy became hooked on their music
upon hearing a song called “The Chaconne” from Dessa’s first solo album,
A Badly Broken Code,
on public radio. Since then, Izy has seen both Dessa solo and Doomtree
live many times, and has become a regular fangirl. Dessa and Doomtree
are cornerstones of the MPLS music scene. I will confess to approaching
fangirl status myself already, just by falling down the rabbit hole of
Dessa/Doomtree YouTube videos.
explains why she finds Dessa so fascinating: Dessa uses wordplay in her
songs to deliver a new take on old concepts, like “Forget the bull in
the china shop, there's a china doll in the bullpen,” or “Kiss the
bottle, spin the girl.” One of Izy’s favorite lines comes from a
Doomtree song (written by Dessa) called “Sadie Hawkins”:
A little bit of melancholy
never really did hurt anybody
even if it is a sickness
I'm oddly convinced at least it's honest
When life gets so tragic comic--
a mattress with no sheets on it--
The fact is you have it, the task is to want it.
the music is intriguing, mysterious, beautiful, danceable, and all of
that is crystal clear upon first listen. Izy describes it as “lavish and
highly addictive.” I agree.
further elaboration (though clearly I could go on and on, both about
Dessa and about my new BFF Izy), I leave you to your own rabbit hole in
the hopes that you will be mightily inspired. Can’t wait to read any and
all that you write. Enjoy!