Blood Orange: Do You See My Skin Through the Flames

Written by Joshua Blue


In category: Song of the Day

Published August 10, 2017

A week of songs inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement

Written under his “Blood Orange” moniker, Devonte Hynes wrote this piece as a collection of his thoughts, a delve into the life, and mind, of a person of color in the modern world. Racial profiling, murder, stereotyping, all things that people of color face daily. It is less of a song, and more of a stream of consciousness set to music.

“I ain’t got nothing left to give you/and I’m too tired, to even talk about it/while watching the fire/tasting pain coming from a place of truth”

author: Joshua Blue

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British-American Tenor and Toulmin Foundation Scholar Joshua Blue is a tenor currently pursuing his masters degree at The Juilliard School in New York City. Joshua has been a featured soloist in large concert works and operas with City Music Cleveland, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, DuPage Opera Theatre, the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Salzburg, Austria, Oberlin Opera Theatre, Oberlin in Italy, Opera Theatre Saint Louis, and Music Academy of the West. He had his Alice Tully Hall debut last November under the baton of Maestro William Christie and will make his Carnegie Hall debut this December, singing the tenor solo in Handel’s Messiah with Musica Sacra. Other debuts this year include singing Scaramuccio in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Lyric Opera as well as NYFOS’s Protest at Merkin Concert Hall. Joshua graduated with his bachelors degree in vocal performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2016.


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