6/21/07 [tag]Jill Scott[/tag] – Detroit, MI 

We all got the sense that she was going to be something more than great. We had the pleasure of experiencing her in many ways before we laid eyes on her or at least caught a glimpse of her singing over The Roots tracks. We had the pleasure of finding out her name was J-I-L-L-S-C-O-T-Tttttttttttttttttt….. Jill Scott Representing North Philly! Or we called her Jilly From Philly. The Black Lily shows, $15 shows at your local underground spot, the conversations or debates over who was better, Erykah or Jill?! The polls always put them at a dead tie because everyone looks to Jill for that “something” and we can say the same about Badu.

Jill sang to a packed house at Detroit’s Chene Park Amphitheater along the waterfront last night. The view was amazing and I am sure she felt a rush after seeing the setting and her crowd awaiting after Detroit’s own Dwele was the set up man for the evening. She introduced a few new tracks from her upcoming summer realease, [tag]The Real Thing [/tag]and seemed to welcome the warm reception to her upcoming project.

With that being said, I loved the show but there was something missing. She did not banter with the crowd as much as she has been known to and I do not recall her leaving her stance unless she was conducting the band to their respective solos. The reminants of Jilly from Philly were there but I think she got lost on the way to the show. Maybe I’m a harsh critic, maybe it was the vibe she caught or maybe Jill is going through a tough moment. I, like many others, have been spoiled many times in the past and that is what we have to go on. However, I admire the fact that she is laying it all out on the line and doing what she does best, S-I-N-G! I’d still pay top dollar to enjoy her melodic therapy for what we like to call, life.

There was a particular show she gave and between every song there was a story. That story lead to an understanding. Which ultimately lead to me internalizing her thoughts and feelings as to what I was going through at the moment….so I could relate. I am positive that the other 4,499 people in that room took away the same feeling as I did.

That’s what made me love her music.

Last night, I felt something different. Maybe her career is shifting and I do hope it is for the best. After her set, she left to the backstage area for around twenty minutes and was escorted away by a myriad of security guards. I did not get the chance to get any media shots due to her quick flight, but I am greatful that she was here and blessed us with her presence.

Thank you J-I-L-L-S-C-O-T-T…representin’ North Philly yall…

 

[tag]The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott[/tag]

[tag]Collaborations – 2007 [/tag]

The “taster” project to her upcoming release, The Real Thing

[tag]Beautifly Human[/tag]

Her wonderfly composed sophmore LP…

[tag]Experience[/tag]

…Jill Scott Live and a bonus cd with rare trax…

[tag]Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1[/tag]

….the reason we got hooked lol