Song of the Day: “Good Day Bad”


Meshell Ndegeocello probably knows the difficulty her audience has pronouncing her name. Maybe that’s why, on her latest album, Comet, Come To Me, she urges us: “if you love me, forget my name.”

You don’t need to know that her surname means “free as a bird” in Swahili to enjoy the rolling beauty of “Good Day Bad,” the third track from this consistently rewarding album. Ndegeocello murmurs:

 I’m surprised every sunrise

The earth would have me back

Listen to it here, and allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised.

Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte,, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program. More from this author →