#SelahView: Toluwanimee Evokes An Epiphany With “Open Up”

There are songs which speaks to you before the lyrics hit you. “Open Up” by Gospel music minister Toluwanimee is one of such songs. The title itself creates imagery for the mind that stirs the spirit for an expectation.

Toluwanimee will however linger as she drops the build up that is initiated by the chant at the beginning of the song, intermittently picking up her vocals on the first verse in the style of Ballad music.

While “Open Up” is a powerful evocation of the Spirit of God, Toluwanimee delays gratification, It is almost as if she had anticipated her audience expectation and deliberately keeps them in suspense till the rephrase. One can say she is trying to sustain the moment till its elastic limit.

It is justified because “Open Up” follows the pattern of one of her previously released song “Forever”, but unlike “Forever” where she hits climax almost immediately, she diversifies with vocal techniques and musical elements.

The song quickens a surrender and a need to empty oneself, earnestly anticipating the infilling of the Spirit of God.

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