What’s That Album is a new piece we’re trying out to get local bands and musicians in the limelight a little more often. The concept is simple, pose a series of scenarios and have the interviewee give us their ideal album for each based on their personal tastes.
First up is MJ Baker, a local singer/songwriter and musician. She was just featured in May’s Album Spotlights, but her mix of jazz and soul makes her hard to forget. We wanted to get to know her a little better by what she listens to, so we gave her a few scenarios and asked her to give us her go-to album for each.
What album do you listen to before a show?
When you’re relaxing?
I am a fan of vintage classical like Johann Sebastian Bach. There’s no particular album. I will just pull him up and it calms me. Although this may surprise some, I really dig music with no lyrics. Most times I prefer to start my day with some classical music. Instrumental are the best. One experience is when a friend, Mr. Al Pete and I drove to Orlando a few years ago to experience QuestLove of The Roots at a downtown Orlando venue. The other friends we were with hated it because Questlove didn’t play any music with lyrics. He just played beats and instrumentals. Al and I were in heaven, especially Al Pete, because he’s a DJ. But for me, it was the best time. You don’t have to think with classical or non-verbal music. I can focus and tune out the world with it.