AceShowbiz - Singer/songwriter Solange Knowles turns to an imaginary Stevie Wonder whenever she's stuck on a song. The singer admits in a new interview that she always asks herself, "What would Stevie Wonder think?" whenever she is not sure about the quality of her song.
Talking about her song creation process in a new Dazed magazine interview, Solange says, "I start to chart out all the songs I've been working on, and give them intentions. My demo names are always a trip and have little to do with the songs."
"On this [new] album, I might keep a few of them as real titles," she continues. "We listen to a jam none of us even remember making in the wee hours and wonder if it's too esoteric. Then I wonder if Stevie Wonder would like it. If he happened to like it, I wouldn't worry so much about its life."
Solange fears she stresses too much when she's crafting news songs and performance art pieces in her adopted New York City, adding, "When I am creating new work, I always feel a bit unbalanced. The circles [around my eyes] get darker, my jaw a bit tighter, my hair less combed, my spirits more unaligned. I don't sleep very well. I'm always buzzing."
But she's found a dream place in Jamaica, where she can unwind with her son Julez. "I've spent two Christmases, one Thanksgiving, one breakup, one breakdown and one birthday in St Elizabeth. I've spent many a day on the beach, just my son and I, both of us reading and running and smiling wide in the sun, tasting the salt in the corners of our mouths," she says.