Quarantine gave Mary J. Blige time to go back to her older songs she wrote and realized they helped her through her current circumstances.
The recently-turned 50-year-old iconic performer has been dropping hits for three decades and also has been an inspiration for many music lovers since she debuted in the 90’s. According to Blige, it was only recently that she decided to sit back and listen to her catalog. According to the singer, she was never really a fan of adding her tracks to her playlists.
She was a guest on Ellen and revealed that she started to take in her own songwriting during the pandemic’s timeout with the quarantine mandate. “I really don’t like to listen to even the sound of my speaking voice, let alone listen back to Mary J. Blige,” she said. “But I’ve grown so much, you know, in confidence that during the quarantine, I don’t know, just something just said, ‘Listen to some Mary J. Blige.’ And I did. I felt like an outside person doing it.”
The “Queen of Hip Hop Soul” continued by saying, “As I was listening, what blew me away is, like, you know, so many of the lyrics was helping me now during the quarantine and in my life”. She added “And what I couldn’t understand was how could somebody so messed up that was, you know, drinking and on drugs and just a crazy person, you know, young person write those lyrics that can help me through everything that I’m going through right now. It’s like listening to another person, especially during the time we were all just, you know, suffering in the quarantine and in this pandemic.”
Mary J. Blige talked about the impact of hearing “My Life” during quarantine. “I was listening to the My Life album during the pandemic, and I was listening to ‘My Life,’ the song ‘My Life,’ and I was like, ‘Wow, how did I write those lyrics? How did I do that?'” she said. “Because it was a time where we all needed to be patient, and I know I need patience. And the line, ‘Take your time, one day at a time. It’s all on you. What you gonna do?’ was like, that was, you know, that was the healer for me. Like, ‘Just sit down Mary, and relax. You’re not going anywhere.'”