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I Guess I Always Felt a Yearning to Communicate: Beyoncé Sits Down at Solange’s Table for Interview


Mikael JanssonSolange covers Interview magazine’s February issue, and for the interview inside, none other than older sister Beyoncé was asked to question the singer.  

The rare, intimate public conversation between the sisters touches on many topics, including “womanism” and Bey’s first memories of Solange’s budding artistry as a child. 

“I’m so happy to interview you because, clearly, I’m your biggest fan and I’m super proud of you. Growing up, you were always attracted to the most interesting fashion, music and art. You would lock yourself in a room with your drum set and a record player and write songs. What else attracted you growing up?” Beyoncé asks Solange. 

“I remember having so much perspective about my voice, and how to use my voice, at such a young age. I guess I always felt a yearning to communicate — I had a lot of things to say,” replies Solange.  

The pair also discusses the meaning of Solange’s single “Cranes in the Sky,” which was born from the end of her first marriage with junior high school sweetheart Daniel Smith and the visible changes in American society before the financial crisis eight years ago. 

“I used to write and record a lot in Miami during that time…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,” she recalls. 

“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. It was a catastrophe.” 

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