It's been far too long since I've posted some new music. Listen to this track I came up with. It came about as I was playing with the pads on my MPC and I got a cool piano riff going. Everything else just flowed from that:
"What'd you put in this?"
To understand the context of this dialogue, you must go see The Help. You will not be disappointed. This touching film about the lives of black maids who take care of white families will cause you to examine what it means to have courage in the face of adversity. This film shed light on an observation that I often encounter since I moved to the Upper East Side of New York City: black women taking care of white children. Just about everyday I see a black woman pushing a white child in a stroller or walking one of them home from school, something that I almost never saw in my hometown in western Pennsylvania.
I could imagine that these woman today come to love the children as their own, and the children love them just the same. The difference now, of course, is more racial acceptance and most people have nannies instead of maids. This was not the case in Jackson, Mississippi, where the maids, having raised and loved white children as their own, had to do so while having racist bosses.
The film (and the book on which the the film is based) shows the audience the emotional complexity that woman of this era had to endure to provide for their families. What's more, the casting is spot on: each player made their character believable, adding to the allure of the film's plot. There is a 360 degree scope to story, as the characters of of several white women develop; Several woman befriend their maids, while others devise scheme against them. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard does a wonderful job of creating tension with her character Hilly Holbrook. Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is brought to life by actress Emma Stone. Stone does a great job in portraying the bravery and vulnerability of Skeeter.
My favorite scene occurs near the end when the protagonist of the story deals with the antagonist head on. The strength of actress Viola Davis (Aibileen Clark) really shows here. While Aibileen provides most of the depth, Minny Jackson (played by Octavia Spencer) provides the comedic relief and keeps the pace of the film moving forward. This is an insightful and entertaining film that you will enjoy.