On Sade

Sade never liked doing more
than one take of a song.
She thought it unnecessary.
She had been brought up
to avoid the unnecessary.
Her family had not been
very expressive, yet they all
knew there was depth there.
But dramatically sharing –
that was just considered extra.
Everything, even down to what
she wore, was pared back
to the foundations. The engineer
asked What’s the track’s name?
Paradise, she replied.
He asked her about the mistakes in her vocal;
she answered, What mistakes?

‘On Sade’ by Roger Robinson