Comforted By Knowing It's 'All Good'

News & Notes Senior Supervising Producer Christabel Nsiah-Buadi reveals why the song "All Good" by De La Soul featuring Chaka Khan reminds her of a time before her niece was born.

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FARAI CHIDEYA, host:

This week's song pick of the week comes from our senior supervising producer Christabel Nsiah-Buadi. It's the song "All Good" by De La Soul featuring Chaka Khan.

CHRISTABEL NSIAH-BUADI: Believe it or not, this song reminds me of my niece, or rather, it reminds me of a time right before my niece was born. I find it almost scary that such an angry song brings to mind one of my favorite people. But my niece was not my sister Felice's(ph) first pregnancy

. By 2001, she had endured, not one, but several miscarriages. And that Summer, Felice gave birth prematurely at just five months. The baby was stillborn. My sister was beside herself, and I couldn't bear not being able to make her feel better. I remember crying like I'd never cried before. My only comfort was this song.

(Soundbite of song "All Good")

Ms. CHAKA KHAN (Singer): (Singing) It ain't all good, and that's the truth. Thangs ain't goin like you think they should. It's all on you.

NSIAH-BUADI: There was no you for me. No one to blame for my pain or my sister's. But I was still angry. And that phrase really struck a chord. I listened to the chorus again and again on my hour-long commute to and from work. I just didn't understand why trying to have a child had to be more painful than giving birth could ever be.

(Soundbite of song "All Good")

Mr. DAVID JUDE JOLICOEUR (De La Soul Member): (Singing) Weigh the situation how you want, right. The lovin' that you claim is just a four-letter word. The third letter's inviting, so visualize the verb. You curve thought ways when you're handling the candelabra. So you sittin' on the baby grand, transmittin' like you're made of man. But you paint a funny face like a chick. When I see you I'ma tell you quick that uhh.

Ms. KHAN: (Singing) It ain't all good.

NSIAH-BUADI: Then one day, things started to feel easier. It was still hard, but I just began to trust that everything would work out somehow. Then, wouldn't you know it, not long after my little revelation, my sister had one of her own. She was pregnant again. Now, of course, my parents and I were petrified. Felice couldn't do anything without us wanting to call the paramedic. We just didn't want her to go through that heartache any more. And luckily, she didn't.

(Soundbite of song "All Good")

Ms. KHAN: (Singing) I don't care about what you think you see, the thangs you want to know when you look at me. God knows I have been there and paid my dues. I can't change how you feel, 'cause it's all on you, whoa, whoa.

NSIAH-BUADI: When I first held my niece, she didn't cry, but instead gave me a steady knowing stare, like the one my grandmother used to give me when I misbehaved. And with that one look, I knew that life was finally "All Good."

Ms. KHAN: (Singing) Thangs ain't goin' like you think they should. It's all on you. It's all on you. Yeah. Yeah.

NSIAH-BUADI: Now, my niece, who will no doubt want me to tell you her name, Izzy(ph), will celebrate her fifth birthday this weekend. She is in England and I am not. I miss her and her equally delicious younger brother, (unintelligible). I am too far away from her to give her a birthday hug. So instead, I dedicate this song to her. And Izzy, if that's not enough, there's a big present in the mail from Auntie Mama coming.

CHIDEYA: That was NEWS & NOTES' senior supervising producer Christabel Nsiah-Buadi with her staff song pick of the week, "All Good" by De La Soul featuring Chaka Khan.

(Soundbite of song "All Good")

Ms. KHAN: (Singing) Hello, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh. It ain't all good, oh.

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(Soundbite of song "All Good")

Ms. KHAN: (Singing) It ain't all good now. It ain't no good now. Oh, no, no, no, no. hello, oh, oh. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh. It ain't all good now. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.

CHIDEYA: I'm Farai Chideya. This is NEWS & NOTES.

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