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April 12, 2010 6:14 PM   Subscribe

In a 1999 grade school performance of The Wiz, eleven year-old Jazmine Sullivan (whose 2008 hit song "Bust Your Windows" was memorably featured on Glee) sent her classmates over the rainbow.
posted by hermitosis (32 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
Holy shit.
posted by LittleMissCranky at 6:17 PM on April 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


Whoah.
posted by Malor at 6:18 PM on April 12, 2010


I can't even imagine going to see your kid's little school play and seeing that.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 6:26 PM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wow, I just heard Bust Your Windows for the first time, and immediately played it again. I suppose it's unlikely that the rest of the album sounds like Carmen. Because I would totally buy that album.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:44 PM on April 12, 2010


Yeah it's a really awesome song, it's not easy for someone so young to sell lines like "I gave you all of me and you played with it" with utter conviction.
posted by hermitosis at 6:47 PM on April 12, 2010


The audio on the Glee clip is just so... pristine.
posted by bz at 6:50 PM on April 12, 2010


Am I going to be the first to bring the hate into this thread? No I'm not. This is awesome.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 6:56 PM on April 12, 2010


Holy shit. Gave me goosebumps.
posted by Lutoslawski at 6:58 PM on April 12, 2010


I've never seen Glee. But holy shit.
posted by neroli at 7:02 PM on April 12, 2010


"Bust Your Windows" is when I finally stopped resisting and gave my heart and soul to Glee.
posted by WolfDaddy at 7:09 PM on April 12, 2010 [6 favorites]


Most singers who attempt that style of singing make me cringe a little. Some can make it work. Only a handful can make it blaze.

Not to get redundant, but holy shit, she lit the place on fire when she was 11.

Favorited.
posted by Joey Michaels at 7:09 PM on April 12, 2010


β€œIt is a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years.”
β€” Tom Lehrer

posted by erniepan at 7:12 PM on April 12, 2010 [6 favorites]


OK, I'll bring the hate. Yes, she was awesome. But goddammit, I really hate Glee. You wanna know why? No? I'll tell you anyway.

1. Almost every character on that show is either stupid, or vile, or both. Why do I want to watch that?

2. They went to great lengths to cast all these amazing Broadway singers... and then Autotune the shit out of them. Why can't you just let them sing for real, for Christ's sake? Why?
posted by starvingartist at 7:15 PM on April 12, 2010 [9 favorites]


This is one of those times that having Hulu blocked is a blessing, I guess, because I just got to listen to both originals. I love Bust Your Windows, and am shocked and impressed that she had such an authoritative alto at age 11.
posted by maudlin at 7:19 PM on April 12, 2010


This is from the same year.
posted by dobbs at 7:28 PM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Chuuuuuurch! And of course she ends up getting crap material like Bust Your Windows. Lions Tigers & Bears is phenomenal but the video just failed after the first 30 seconds.

The Wiz is one of the most underrated movies. It has everything - really bad special effects but creepily real non-cgi effects. Eerie scenes, some really unique sets and looks. And of course Nipsey, MJ, Diana Ross, Richard Pryor and Lena Horne. I've seen that movie at least 50 times and I am still creeped out by those bouncy things. It wasn't until I watched it again a few months ago that I realized good god, there's practically an orgy in there too. Tellin you - that movie has everything.
posted by cashman at 7:31 PM on April 12, 2010 [5 favorites]


I liked the song from The Whiz more than her recent music. She has power and control to do much more interesting things than sing about some dumb unfaithful guy.
posted by clockzero at 7:44 PM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


What strikes me about her voice at 11 is how mature her low range is. Any 11 year old girl can sing high, and most of your school productions promote just going for the high notes for no reason. This song really exploits her talent in the alto range (come to think of it, Bust Your Windows does too).
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 7:50 PM on April 12, 2010


This is amazing, especially for an 11-year-old, but I wish she hadn't done so many runs...it's probably written that way, but the runs just distract from her ability to hit and sustain a note, which, judging by her range, she can most definitely do.

I also love Glee but have to agree with starvingartist: how much mire amazing would it be if the performances were captured even semi-live and not Autotuned to death?
posted by moviehawk at 8:01 PM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


This is amazing, especially for an 11-year-old, but I wish she hadn't done so many runs
and there, I think, you have the crux of the thing. There seem to be those of us who go in for that, and those of us who find it incredibly distracting.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 9:43 PM on April 12, 2010


I wish there was some way to find out who produced that video of her from 1999.
posted by chococat at 9:44 PM on April 12, 2010 [4 favorites]


I've already worn out her album (Lions, Tigers and Bears is my favorite), but this is a real treat. I usually don't like listening to children sing but this is really amazing. She really really nailed it. Stopped my breath.
posted by Danila at 9:50 PM on April 12, 2010


"but I wish she hadn't done so many runs...it's probably written that way, but the runs just distract from her ability to hit and sustain a note, which, judging by her range, she can most definitely do."

Yeah, in an ideal world, maybe, but...Listening to that performance compared to the way 11-year-olds tend to stuff affectation into any music they make, I think that performance was remarkably mature.
posted by The Potate at 9:55 PM on April 12, 2010


Here is the cast of Glee singing live recently on Oprah. They sang: Don't Stop Believing, and Somebody to Love. They sound great live too. I don't think they use a bunch of Autotune on the show, but I do wish they would feature them singing in a more "live" format.
posted by bove at 9:56 PM on April 12, 2010


How ridiculous did the rest of the kids in that cast feel?

"No, honey, you were really good, too..."
posted by gottabefunky at 11:34 PM on April 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


She's 11!? Whoah, there's a big voice in a young girl.

What is this mysterious vevo thing that I never get to watch videos on? The record companies playground part of youtube?
posted by dabitch at 1:01 AM on April 13, 2010


Damn you Antares. You ruined my enjoyment of music. No, not you, T-Pain. Though tired, I understand your stuff. Precisely stuff like Glee, that would be FANTASTIC enough without assistance, a vehicle for a cappella awesomeness which would only be ENHANCED by the virtue of its being ever-so-slightly rough around the edges, is unlistenable to me because it sounds like my old Casio sampling synthesizer.

And then someone will say, "Listen to how awesome she sings! It isn't even autotuned!" And it starts and the 'perfection' of it starts to turn my stomach. It isn't even real. Or is it? Sometimes I don't know, but I dare not trust. I've been hurt before.

Why must I be tormented?
posted by donttouchmymustache at 5:00 AM on April 13, 2010


I was commenting on Glee, not the first video above. She sounds fantastic, btw. And real.
posted by donttouchmymustache at 5:03 AM on April 13, 2010


Well, this would ruin the unique enjoyment of pretending that school plays are John Cage compositions and grooving on the off-rhythm/off-key chaos of it all.
posted by mattholomew at 6:14 AM on April 13, 2010


You can tell this "not available in your region" bullshit has gone too far when your typical MeFi music thread crosses the 3/4ths failure rate. *mumble grumble sigh*
posted by Iosephus at 7:59 AM on April 13, 2010


Wow.
posted by nickyskye at 8:09 AM on April 13, 2010


It is clear that she can SANG.
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