“All your slick moves, they were once innocent moves.”
Sade is one sophisticated lady. It’s not just her looks, although those are astounding. It’s the longing and melancholy in her voice when she sings about the universal travails of love. Her voice, her words, the romantic woe in her music. It’s also her great sense of tact. She’s the essence of sophistication because she understands her own allure. She’s got a sound that’s unmistakable and her fans love her. That’s all she needs. There’s no denying she’s a great star, an icon. Yet she’s kept, for nearly three decades of stardom, her own self shrouded in mystery. It’s public knowledge there was once a marriage, and there is a daughter and a home in Stroud. But Sade isn’t one to put herself in public for any reason but to perform. Her relationships, her family, her privacy are closely guarded. She writes songs which have the ring of truth -when she sings about heartbreak, there’s no lie in her voice – but never do her songs point fingers. She’s never crossed the line between expressing her feelings and bringing out the dirty laundry. Being private when she needs to and being public when she has something to offer artistically has been her way. And that’s class. It’s not necessary to know the intimate details of an artist’s life to understand or appreciate the art, and in our day of total media immersion more stars should take a lesson from Sade on bowing gracefully in and out of the spotlight.