Social media was buzzing with talk about Lauryn Hill this weekend. She was two hours late for a show in Atlanta and she posted an explanation as to why on her Facebook page. While she did perform, she was only on stage for 40 minutes because of the venue’s 11p.m. curfew.
Her statement said something about “aligning energy with time.”
I don’t show up late to shows because I don’t care. And I have nothing but Love and respect for my fans. The challenge is aligning my energy with the time, taking something that isn’t easily classified or contained, and trying to make it available for others. I don’t have an on/off switch. I am at my best when I am open, rested, sensitive and liberated to express myself as truthfully as possible. For every performance that I’ve arrived to late, there have been countless others where I’ve performed in excess of two hours, beyond what I am contracted to do, pouring everything out on the stage.
Because I care so deeply about the artistic process, I scrutinize, have perfectionist tendencies, and want space made for spontaneity, which is not an easy process, with the many moving parts on the road. Some days we are more successful than others re time. However, the vitality that is infused into the performances is always appreciated by the audiences, who may not know exactly what it took to accomplish. What hasn’t been touched upon by the media, I’m sure, are the hundreds of people who rushed the stage and stayed in excess of an hour after the show ended last night, just to connect.
Our challenge is to figure out the best way to accommodate the vitality, spontaneity, and spirit that make the performances worthwhile and special to begin with, while also making that experience available and accessible to others. If I didn’t Love and respect the art, I wouldn’t be doing this. The audience and I should have that in common.
My true audience knows emphatically that I care. It isn’t possible to affect people in any deep and meaningful way without putting sacrificial time in.
I have nothing but Love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show. We are figuring out a plan to make it up to you, and will announce details as soon as we have them.
The internet had its own responses to Ms. Hill:
Arrest Made In 1996 Unsolved Murder of Tupac Shakur
HBO Cancels Lakers Drama "Winning Time" After 2 Seasons, X Users Call Foul
Put That On Everything? Usher To Headline Super Bowl LVIII In Las Vegas
Teyana Taylor Confirms Separation from Iman Shumpert
Tisha Campbell-Martin Responds To Duane and Will Smith Gay Rumors
Chloë Bailey Revealed Her Celebrity Crush And We Are Here For It
Rest in Peace: Irish Grinstead of 90’s Group 702 Passes Away at Age 43
Raphael Saadiq Drops "Revisiting" Tony! Toni! Toné! Tour Dates