Love Letters to Rihanna


Rihanna's Anti World Tour is coming to Sunderland.

Dear Rihanna,

First things first, let’s get the obvious out of the way: I have a thing for you. Those who know and love me, know I love you. Madly.

But in a good way – I love your style and your gangsta is so. fucking. hot. – not the bad way – I’m a stalker and you might find me standing in your driveway at three in the morning.



Being the dancing girl that I am, your music is all over my iTunes, I overlisten your Pandora station, and when your songs come on during my workout, well shit, I kind of forget how painful those weights are, the burn in my legs from all those lunges, the sting in my triceps from countless push ups.

Simply put, you make everything better.


But even I, the girl who thinks you can do no wrong and are all kinds of magic, didn’t expect you to pull me out of my writing funk, the shitty place I’ve been living these past few months, producing all kinds of poetry, but not so much in the form of prose. And definitely not so much when it comes to JUMA.

Oh yeah…JUMA…book II in The Keeper Series…that book I’ve got all mapped out and analyzed and character-studied, but that I can’t seem to find a flow, rekindle my writing rhythm, bathe in my (usual) good writing juju…yeah…JUMA.


The book that should have been finished by now, but isn’t because life has a funny way of throwing you all kinds of curve balls when you least expect them, some in the form of writer’s block, others in the form of general fuckery and bad shit. The book that is going to be so damn good, mostly because Juma and Dutch are so damn good and so damn sexy and good fucking lord! I love them. And oh yeah – JUMA – the book that is finally getting written thanks to some help from you, Ms. Fenty.


You heard me right. You.

See, your album Anti, well it’s kind of the shit. Actually, it’s totally The Shit. And yes, it’s kind of Dutch, here and there I feel him, but holy fucking hell, it is all Juma.

All. Juma.

It’s as if you wrote the album for Juma and JUMA and if I loved you in the bad way discussed above – the scary stalker way – I would whole-heartedly believe you wrote it for me and my writing and especially my writing of JUMA, that’s how on point it is.


There’s the obvious Sex With Me and your confident, ballsy statement “sex with me, so amazing” but there are also subtle moments, quieter pronouncements and admissions, full of longing and vulnerability and a hint of grief and holy shit, that’s Juma. It is so JUMA.

That line in Close to You – I know you don’t need my protection, but I’m in love, can’t blame me for checking – seriously woman? The scene I wrote months ago in the apartment lobby – this is wrapped all around it.

Love on the Brain could easily be D+J’s theme song:
Must be love on the brain
That’s got me feeling this way
It beats me black and blue but it fucks me so good
And I can’t get enough
Must be love on the brain
And it keeps cursing my name (cursing my name)
No matter what I do
I’m no good without you
And I can’t get enough
Must be love on the brain

Then there’s the sexy, seductive, badass thump-thump of Desperado, that’s got Juma’s name written all over it – up, down, sideways, backwards, forwards. Any way you parse it, Desperado is Juma. I can see her grooving to it real slow, eyes closed, hips swaying: I’m not trying to go against you/I can be a lone wolf with ya/Gotta get up out of here/And you ain’t leaving me behind/I know you won’t, cause we share common interests/You need me, there ain’t no leaving me behind/Never, no, no, both want out of here/Yeah, once we’re gone, ain’t no going back

I could keep going but then I start looking like scary stalker girl and like I said, that’s a road I’m hardly interested in traversing.


Anyway, you get it. I love you and I especially love this album and the fact it did what so many other people, places, things could not – it helped me start writing again. It brought the magic.


Thank you, RiRi.

So much.

(the happy girl, sitting in the corner, writing)


3 thoughts on “Love Letters to Rihanna

  1. This is REALLY good. Music is SO important to the process–or recovery from the process. For me, it’s the Victor Hugo vibe in almost all Rush songs. But then, I’m old.

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