Growing up with a sibling is one of the best gifts your parents can gift you at birth. Being the youngest, for the most part, you get to watch your older sibling go through all their growing pains first and figure out which turns you should take when it becomes your time especially when it comes to navigating your parent’s rules. This past weekend, we celebrated my sisters birthday.My sister and I was born 19 years apart. So I missed witnessing all her growing pains but imagine having Beyonce as your older sister. You not only get to sub in every now and then for Girl’s Tyme turned Destiny’s Child but guess who’s dropping you off at school? Of course, when they weren’t on tour. I remember reading an interview a while back where Solange talked about growing up. In the interview, she mentions a classmate bothering her while in middle school and she kept warning the guy that if he kept it up she would bring her sisters up to the school to beat him up. I guess, he didn’t take the warning seriously, so when Destiny’s Child (Kelly & Beyonce) showed up to see what was going on the classmate was both shocked and embarrassed to see who Solange’s sisters were.
This week, we got to take a glimpse into the sisterhood of the Knowles Sister when Beyonce interviewed Solange on her latest album “A Seat at the Table”. In the interview, you can see how light hearted their relationship is as Beyonce throws some fun questions into the lightning round of the interview like “How does it feel to have the dopest Wedding Picture?” My Favorite portion of the interview is when Beyonce asks Solange what does “Cranes in the Sky” (One of my favorite songs) mean? Read the excerpt below:
BEYONCÉ: What does the song title “Cranes in the Sky” mean?
SOLANGE: “Cranes in the Sky” is actually a song that I wrote eight years ago. It’s the only song on the album that I wrote independently of the record, and it was a really rough time. I know you remember that time. I was just coming out of my relationship with Julez’s father. We were junior high school sweethearts, and so much of your identity in junior high is built on who you’re with. You see the world through the lens of how you identify and have been identified at that time. So I really had to take a look at myself, outside of being a mother and a wife, and internalize all of these emotions that I had been feeling through that transition. I was working through a lot of challenges at every angle of my life, and a lot of self-doubt, a lot of pity-partying. And I think every woman in her twenties has been there—where it feels like no matter what you are doing to fight through the thing that is holding you back, nothing can fill that void. I used to write and record a lot in Miami during that time, when there was a real estate boom in America, and developers were developing all of this new property. There was a new condo going up every ten feet. You recorded a lot there as well, and I think we experienced Miami as a place of refuge and peace. We weren’t out there wilin’ out and partying. I remember looking up and seeing all of these cranes in the sky. They were so heavy and such an eyesore, and not what I identified with peace and refuge. I remember thinking of it as an analogy for my transition—this idea of building up, up, up that was going on in our country at the time, all of this excessive building, and not really dealing with what was in front of us. And we all know how that ended. That crashed and burned. It was a catastrophe. And that line came to me because it felt so indicative of what was going on in my life as well. And, eight years later, it’s really interesting that now, here we are again, not seeing what’s happening in our country, not wanting to put into perspective all of these ugly things that are staring us in the face.
Check out the entire interview with the Sisters here!
Not only, did we get a dose into that Sisterhood but with the Farewell Address this week with President Barack Obama. Sasha was definitely missed when the President stated that out of all the positions he has held the on that he was most proud of was to be Sasha and Malia’s Dad. Later in the week, the Bush sisters penned a letter to Sasha and Malia letting us all in on the girls first tour of the White House 8 years ago, and how they should navigate life after the White House.
Check out the entire interview from the Bush Sisters on Time here!