Longtime friends, collaborators and Grammy-winning musicians Erykah Badu and Robert Glasper have teamed up again for the track & video for “Maiysha (So Long)”, from new album Everything’s Beautiful–the visionary exploration of Miles Davis’ music, featuring reimagined interpretations of his music produced by Glasper. The track’s lyrics were written by Badu, and were based on “Maiysha” by Davis.
Watch the Erykah Badu-Directed Video For “Maiysha (So Long)”
The video, entitled “So Long…That’s What She Said,” which Badu describes as having the feel of a short film, was conceptualized, written and directed by Badu. In keeping with the song’s deceptively humorous lyrics, the “short” is a somewhat satirical wink at the musical performances from the classic variety shows of the ‘50s and ‘60s. The video stars a neurotic, beatnik chanteuse named Sarah Bellam—one of Badu’s many personas—with Glasper as her tormented keyboard player and lover. The video also features a cameo by acclaimed harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet as the trumpet player performing Miles Davis’ solo. The supporting musicians include Rashad “Ringo” Smith, drums, and Braylon Lacy, bass.
The “short” was co-produced by Badu’s own Control Freaq Media and long-time collaborators Coodie and Chike of Creative Control, the team behind Badu’s 2010 acclaimed and controversial “Window Seat” music video. In support of the video’s release, Badu and Control Freaq Media have crafted a unique digital marketing campaign that includes a series of movie inspired posters, animated GIFs, and exclusive bonus content announced on Badu’s social media platforms.
Everything Is Beautiful is unlike any other in Davis’ discography. From the familiar (riffs and passages within the catalog) to the obscure (samples of Miles’ in-studio instructions spoken after false starts), Glasper has built something unique but still unquestionably Miles. The album was executive produced with members of Davis’ family—Erin Davis, Cheryl Davis and Vince Wilburn, Jr. from Miles Davis Properties, LLC. The cover art was created by Francine Turk and integrates elements of Miles Davis’ artwork. With the cover, Turk creates a visual that is similar to the idea of Robert Glasper taking fragments of Miles music and reinterpreting in a unique and modern way.