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Precious Nia

This little girl named Nia is beyond adorable. Her mother filmed her singing along to both old skool records and contemporary hits. I had to post these clips of her...she displays an understanding and appreciation of pitch, tone, instrumentation, rhythm, etc. that is beyond her young age, it goes beyond just mimicking the sounds she hears in the songs. Maybe it's just me, but it's really fascinating to watch.

...singing "Reasons" by Earth, Wind & Fire - Age 2
Notice during the hook how she's turning the microphone upside down and blowing into the cord like it's a saxophone. What a doll!

...singing "Mary Jane" by Rick James - Age 3

...singing "Cant' Hide Love" by Earth Wind & Fire - Age 4
This is the show stealer right here. Her gestures, facial expressions, timing and sense of rhythm and emotion are PRICELESS.

...singing the live version of Janis Joplin/ Big Brother & The Holding Co.'s "Cry Baby" and "Piece of My Heart" as performed by Joss Stone and Melissa Ethridge at the Grammys in 2005. Seeing Melissa perfoming bald after her cancer treatment in the original clip made my eyes tear up...

There are some videos of her singing Mary J. Blige as well. Mary's people saw it and put her in a commercial for the greatest hits album that dropped last month.

I swear fo' Jesus and four more white people, that is going to be my shorty singing old skool joints one day, because that's what's going to be playing around the house at any given time. Granted, I'm not going to force him/her to sing on camera...but my kids will know about Rick James, Earth, Wind & Fire, Parliament, Rufus,  Bootsy Collins, Isaac Hayes, The Bar-Kays, James Brown and the JB's, The Staples Singers, Brenda Russell, Minnie Riperton and and her original group Rotary Connection, Phyllis Hyman, Prince and the Revolution, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, etc. ...and they WILL respect their gangsta. She reminds me so much of how I was when I was young, digging through the crates in our basement and playing all of my mom's old R&B and jazz records on my Fisher Price turntable and just vibing out for hours. I'd imagine that if blackestsheep got his wish and somehow found a way for our gametes to form a zygote that progressed into gestation, we'd have a kickass little sangin' wonder baby with great taste in music like Nia :-D


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Jan. 18th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh that's so freakin' cute! I think I just woke up my neighbors, haha..
Jan. 19th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
I want to be her when I grow up....wait....ummmm
Jan. 21st, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
Haha that girl is sooo cute!! Adorable!
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