Artist Marcus Jade talks about his Tiny Desk Contest submission «Legs and Bones» : NPR

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Marcus Jade recorded his Tiny Desk Contest entry with a digicam nestled amongst houseplants in his bed room in New York Metropolis — an area that he hasn’t at all times had. When submitting to this yr’s Contest, Jade instructed NPR Music he is «been houseless and homeless quite a few instances» and that recording his entry was «the primary time [he’s] been steady sufficient to make a video like that in a very long time.» His Contest entry, «Legs and Bones,» a outstanding soulful blues tune, is certainly one of a handful of entries we’re that includes this month on Weekend Version.

«[There] was an area and time the place generally it simply felt like I did not know the place I used to be going to go,» Jade tells Weekend Version’s Scott Simon. «There have been those that did look out and provided me a sofa or further room when it was there. However a number of that point, there was simply wandering … and I actually held onto my music to assist me at all times have a spot to be. And in order that form of actually made the distinction.»

Jade’s music and help system finally acquired him off the streets, however he nonetheless holds on to all of the journals he wrote in throughout these laborious instances. «That is [what] I really feel makes my story a bit of bit extra legitimate,» he explains. He says he additionally held onto his guitars and used them as «a car to form of preserve me afloat after I could not have a job or did not have a gentle earnings.»

Jade’s outdated journals embody «items of poems, items of simply actual time, moments of decision and moments of absolute uncertainty.» He says these journals replicate how constantly he is been writing music over time, and the way passionate he is been about wanting to inform his personal story. «The extra that I simply attempt to write my very own story, the extra that I actually be at liberty,» shares Jade.

Reflecting on his journey now, he would love individuals to know that «even within the worst of my instances, I used to be nonetheless making an attempt to benefit from what was happening.» He says, «That sense of resilience, even after I do not know the place I am going, is at all times one thing that my dad and mom and my household actually instilled in me.»

He provides: «I’m proud of simply the way in which that issues have been going. I actually really feel like my life has turned in some methods a whole 360, and I actually really feel like there was a number of grace that has been given to me and I needs to be completely happy about that. … The music actually makes me completely happy.»

Net adaptation by Elle Mannion. You possibly can head right here to learn, hear and watch extra from the 2022 Tiny Desk Contest.


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