Morning Song – I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl
Let’s put it this way: no Bessie Smith, no Beyoncé.
Or another way: If life gives you lemons, you’re gonna “need a little sugar in your bowl” to make some “Lemonade”.
Too much? Maybe. But there’s a direct line that traces back from Queen Bey to the Queen of the Blues, and it’s not just that each was/is the dominant figure in African-American (and therefore, American) music in her day. It’s also in the unapologetically black, unabashedly female, audaciously demanding approach each one takes towards life…and towards the men in her life.