Today is a Friday, and for those of you who pay some attention you’ll know we don’t post at fridays. But today we had to. You see, Donna Missal, a wonderful artist we discovered a few months back just released a new single in it’s rawest form. Stop the World is the original demo that was written with Jim Fairchild (Modest Mouse) in Elliot Smith’s Los Angeles studio. In her SoundCloud account, Donna explained that they: “(…)recorded this rendition in one take, together in the same room on a couple of microphones. It is unassuming and unfinished, the result of two strangers meeting and interacting through music”.
She also stated that she is “uneasy with the decision to put it out into the world, as I am human and I fear judgement and I fear my own flaws and I fear the reality that we all face every day: hate is everywhere and it is spreading like a disease and it is blaring across our screens in our hands and homes“.
And that is exactly what this song is about. Forget that sexy RnB we know Donna for. This is a stripped down, raw and pure expression of hurt and fright for the world – be it the social stigma, the economical injustice or the uneven priorities… Anything that makes a person being human hard is wrong. Because being human is the most natural thing one can be. And somehow the world got to a point where being human isn’t enough. There are wars for religion, there are wars for race, there are wars for money and there are wars for pettiness. There are too many narrow minded people “ruling” the world and making it impossible for others to breathe, to live. There are too many people without exercising their basci rights. Without food, water, shelter. And why? If one suffers, we all suffer. Donna sings her lungs out pleading to Stop the world, I wanna get off. Dizzy as its making me I think I had enough. Its broken me so much I don’t know where I’ll wind up falling, I’m free falling.
In the midst of the heavy, meaningful lyrics we hear Donna‘s vocals, singing away and wow. Without fancy productions or retakes. What you hear is all Donna. And what a talent she is.
if you ever feel like your voice is too small to be heard, your body too tired to move, all cried out and at the end of every rope, this is for you.
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