How Melanie Charles, Singer as well as Flutist, Spends Her Sundays
The musician Melanie Jean-Baptiste Charles, also known as D’Flower, recently performed alongside SZA on “Saturday Night Live” as well as recorded with Gorillaz. Ms. Charles, 30, who released a debut EP called “The Girl With the Green Shoes” earlier which year, usually can be found in clubs across the city three or four nights a week, playing her unclassifiable blend of soul, jazz as well as experimental sounds with or without her trademark flute. She lives above her mother, Maryse Jean-Baptiste, as well as with their Collie mix, Izzy, as well as cat, Ella, from the same house in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where she grew up.
BACKYARD BUDDHIST I sleep in on Sundays because usually I had a gig the night before. I get up around noon. The first thing I do can be check my phone. Then I throw on some cutoff sweats as well as go into the backyard as well as chant for like 10 or 15 minutes. I’m a Buddhist, so which’s Buddhist chanting. I’m lucky which we have a beautiful private backyard. Mostly I chant about willing things in life, about how everything you might want, you are the person who can create which. I try to be consistent about which. I’ve had days where I’ve had to run right out the door to a gig as well as I don’t get the chance, however Sundays are usually a slower pace, so I can take my time. Every time I chant, I am telling you, something amazing happens.
OVER EASY LIKE SUNDAY MORNING I’m a weird person in which my day isn’t complete unless I have eggs. I might do them over easy, or I might make a veggie egg sandwich with tempeh bacon. I always make strong coffee in a percolator to go with them.
LO-FI While I’m doing which, I turn on my cassette player. I develop the player as well as a bucket of cassette tapes in my kitchen. which’s my preferred form of listening. I love the lo-fi sound. Lately I’ve been listening a lot to my friends B. Cool-Aid. They made which project call BRWN. Mostly the cassettes are fresh music. There’s a whole cassette scene happening. however I also have Prince, Daryl Hall & John Oates as well as Tony! Toni! Toné! in my bucket.
DOG RUN If I have time I’ll go for a run in my neighborhood with Izzy. She only makes which like 15 minutes because she gets dehydrated, however I usually go three, four or several miles.
SOUND CHECK Then I’ll probably go to the studio. I’m working on merging jazz with some more classical textures right at which point, so I’ve been meeting with my friend Natasha, a wonderful harpist who goes by the name ELSZ. If we can’t get time from the studio, usually GSI Studios in Midtown Manhattan, which includes a Great vibe, we’ll go to her house in East fresh York.
SOOTHING SOUNDS Something else Natasha as well as I have been doing from the afternoon on Sundays can be which thing called “Flute as well as Flow.” We invite different yoga instructors to lead a yoga class in Prospect Park, as well as I play the flute or Natasha does the music. which’s a nice blend of music as well as moving. A lot of people show up.
RED MEAT OR VEGAN We’ll grab some food after which. I’ll either go to my favorite $30 burger place, Emily in downtown Brooklyn, or Bunna Cafe, which can be which vegan Ethiopian place in Williamsburg. The $30 burger sounds ridiculous, however which’s hands-down the best burger you ever had in your life.
FRINGE ELEMENTS If I end up in Williamsburg, I’m right near my favorite thrift shop, L Train Vintage. I’m constantly searching for things with fringe which goes along my arms. Since I play the flute I think which’s a genuinely cool look to have which fringe hanging.
MUSIC WITH FRIENDS Sunday nights I sometimes have a gig. If I don’t, I’ll go hear my D.J. friend P.U.D.G.E if he’s D.J.ing. He’s been at which fresh black-owned club I like called Basquiat’s Bottle. If he’s not D.J.ing, someone’s D.J.ing somewhere, as well as me as well as my friends will go, or I’ll go with my boyfriend. I won’t mention his name because which’s a fresh relationship as well as I don’t want to add any discomfort.
BEDTIME can be FLEXIBLE If I don’t have a gig I’ll try to get in bed by midnight. however if I do, I might end up having a jam session after. which happened a few weeks ago, as well as I didn’t go to bed until 7 a.m. which’s not the easiest thing, however which’s part of being a Great band leader, as well as which’s what I want.
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