9-time Grammy award winner Mary J. Blige is a veteran in the music industry, having been a mainstay for well over three decades. She has been a staple of pop culture, including television and movies for several years.
However, it seems the 50-year-old singer wasn’t all that keen on listening to her own songs until very recently. While speaking to Ellen DeGeneres recently, Blige talked about listening to her songs for the first time while she was quarantining herself.
“I really don’t like to listen to even the sound of my speaking voice, let alone listen back to Mary J. Blige. But I’ve grown so much, you know, in confidence that during the quarantine, I don’t know, just something just said, ‘Listen to some Mary J. Blige.’ And I did. I felt like an outside person doing it.”
Blige revealed she was astounded and completely blown away by how much the old tracks resonated with her now.
“As I was listening, what blew me away is, like, you know, so many of the lyrics was helping me now during the quarantine and in my life. And what I couldn’t understand was how could somebody so messed up that was, you know, drinking and on drugs and just a crazy person, you know, young person write those lyrics that can help me through everything that I’m going through right now. It’s like listening to another person, especially during the time we were all just, you know, suffering in the quarantine and in this pandemic.”
“I was listening to the My Life album during the pandemic, and I was listening to ‘My Life,’ the song ‘My Life,’ and I was like, ‘Wow, how did I write those lyrics? How did I do that?'” she said. “Because it was a time where we all needed to be patient, and I know I need patience. And the line, ‘Take your time, one day at a time. It’s all on you. What you gonna do?’ was like, that was, you know, that was the healer for me. Like, ‘Just sit down Mary, and relax. You’re not going anywhere.'”
There is no doubt that Mary J. Blige will continue to inspire many with her songs and now it seems she can include herself in the list as well.