August 26, 2008
“Love Sponge” by Buju Banton
The beginning of my relationship with IC is marked by bittersweet music. We were best friends who fell in love, obviously it couldn’t work out. This wasn’t a movie, this wasn’t The O.C., it couldn’t really be this easy. We kept each other at arm’s length, it was too scary otherwise, and pretended it wasn’t happening. “I want you” by Common, “Do You” by Ne-Yo, “Homecoming” by Kanye were some of our songs, we’d torture ourselves with songs of longing and loss, and relationships that just couldn’t be.
When we gave in to it, decided to be together, told our surprised families and friends, well, it was, and is, magic. The music we associated with our relationship got happier. We’d listen to “Hot Thing” by Talib Kweli, “Let Me Know” by Collie Buddz, “Good Life” by Kanye West, among others. Somehow along the way, this Buju Banton tune became “our” song. Happy birthday, baby, I never know you would really feel so nice/with you I’m in no hurry.