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Performative Pain | Lauryn Hill Live

Notes while experiecing Lauryn Hill Live in San Francisco with a Full Orchestra


What is it like to re live your pain in song?

2 step to your distraught over a beat?


Like the heels you saved for — that resulted in blisters on your prettiest toe.

Like a stadium of souls uplifting a manufactored memory to a mirrored screen of pain.

What is it like to recite unbeatable echoes into a mic?


Larger than life reflection.  Lights on your high cheek bones highlighting your lowest point. Does his guitar gear that low? Does the band tune this low? Do my woes for goe?


Written live while killing me softly plays in the background… he just kept right on strumming my pain with his fingers.. like they know how to do.




The History of the song "Killing Me Softly"




Toni Morrison - The Site of Memory

"they straightened out the Mississippi River in places, to make room for houses and livable acreage. Occasionally the river floods these places. "Floods" is the word they use, but in fact it is not flooding; it is remem- bering. Remembering where it used to be. All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was. Writers are like that: remembering where we were, what valley we ran through, what the banks were like, the light that was there and the route back to our original place. It is emotional memory - what the nerves and the skin remember as well as how it appeared. And a rush of imagination is our "flooding." "

Still, like water, I remember where I was before I was "straightened out."
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