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Listen to Mary J. Blige’s ‘I Can See in Color’ from ‘Precious’

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 12:24 pm · October 26th, 2009

Mary J. BligeLast month we broke the news that Mary J. Blige would be in the thick of this year’s Best Original Song mix with the track “I See in Color” from “Precious.” Mariah Carey’s “100%” was originally going to be featured in the film (and was, in early festival screenings), but when Blige saw the film, it hit her on such a personal level that she wanted to contribute in some way.

You can imagine the diva dispute that erupted, but things have been settled on that front and Blige’s track, which is featured int he context of the film during a key scene, will be the film’s representation in the category (which could be eliminated entirely, given new voting rules).

Today I’m happy to offer the song up for your listening pleasure.  It’s raw, certainly emotional and reflects just the kind of honesty contenders in this category tend to lack.  Hear for yourself:





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19 responses so far

  • 1 10-26-2009 at 12:32 pm

    kmoore8435 said...

    Wow, Kris, you work quick. Yes, the song is very raw.

  • 2 10-26-2009 at 12:38 pm

    Loyal said...

    Yeah, its pretty raw though I have no desire to ever hear it again.

    The emotion and honesty in the song reminded me of how much of Precious’ above the line talent have admitted publicly to being abused sexually, physically or both as children:

    Lee Daniels
    Mo’Nique
    Oprah
    Tyler Perry
    Mary J Blige

    Mariah Carey lived a charmed life by comparison, though being married to Tommy Mottola is a form of abuse. Maybe that’s why she’s the odd diva out.

  • 3 10-26-2009 at 1:21 pm

    Mr. F said...

    Wow. Seeing this performed live at the Oscars would be amazing.

  • 4 10-26-2009 at 1:24 pm

    kmoore8435 said...

    I will I’m still a bit torn about the song, I do agree with Mr. F.

  • 5 10-26-2009 at 1:40 pm

    Lance said...

    I think the academy would LOVE to give an oscar to Mary J. Blige.

  • 6 10-26-2009 at 1:44 pm

    Clarence said...

    Loyal, yes Mariah Carey never went through some kind of child abuse from a parent but nevertheless, her life was NOT charming. She grew up in a divorced household moving around Long Island and growing up being taunted by children for biracial ethnicity. She said that her dog was poisoned by neighbors too.

  • 7 10-26-2009 at 1:58 pm

    Andrew L. said...

    True Clarence, but Blige made a career out of her tribulations (at least prior to No More Drama–every album thereafter has been the same message). “I Can See in Color” has shades of My Life.

    With that said, and as raw and effective as the song sounds, it’s a little too much of a mood piece for me. But this sort of goes into how the music branch votes: are they rewarding Oscars for the song that best compliments a respective scene or are they voting on the “catchiness” of a track?

  • 8 10-26-2009 at 2:03 pm

    R.J. said...

    I love it! I still want to hear Mariah’s song, but I hope this gets nominated.

  • 9 10-26-2009 at 6:40 pm

    Patryk said...

    Eh

  • 10 10-26-2009 at 7:02 pm

    Georgie said...

    I can definitely see this getting in, especially because it’s in the actual film. I like it. I hope that I can say Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige and Karen O after this season.

  • 11 10-26-2009 at 10:01 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    hmmm, certainly wont catch on like JAI HO, and its not quite as raw as the wrestler, good none the less

  • 12 10-27-2009 at 3:12 am

    mike said...

    Mary J Blige is the greatest female artist of the last 20 years so thanks Kris for posting this. Great Song.

  • 13 10-29-2009 at 9:48 am

    mjb4life said...

    this song is real and raw…it embodies the message of the movie. Mary is about the only singer that can deliver the “real deal” stuff and not hold back. GIVE HER THE AWARD PPL.

  • 14 12-15-2009 at 5:40 pm

    Sha said...

    First of all, if you have not watched the movie ‘Precious’, I think your opinion on this song will be incomplete. The movie is heavy, its emotional, very hard to watch, but is courageous nonetheless. This song embodies the main character ‘Precious’, who the movie is about. So perfect. If you were looking for an upbeat song that’s gonna win a popularity contest, wrong song wrong movie. However, I love the song for what it is…amazing. I haven’t heard Mary sing like this in a WHILE.

  • 15 1-05-2010 at 10:24 pm

    Corly said...

    I got news for you, that song is what is referred to as true “Blues”, which is rarely sung anymore by new artists. Mary Jane sings that song w/ the same type of raw emotion that Billy Holiday put into her music. Although Billy was a jazz singer. If you aren’t familiar w/ Billy Holiday’s style, listen to her sing “Gloomy Sunday” and “No More”, also Diana Washington’s “Trouble in the Lowlands”. There aren’t too many artists any more that can sing w/ such deep, raw emotion anymore. MJB should get nominated for one of the best singers in this century.

  • 16 1-28-2010 at 6:52 am

    Cheryl Bailey said...

    My husband and I both Love this sond I can see in color by Mary J, she is a wonderful artist but he insist that this is a remake? a beter one but he say’s it is a remake? is it?

  • 17 1-28-2010 at 6:55 am

    Cheryl Bailey said...

    I sI can see in color a remake?

  • 18 3-03-2010 at 8:08 pm

    Michelle said...

    No, the song is not a remake. This song was produced by Raphael Saadiq. He’s known for making songs like that.