Song of the Day: “Black Gold”
Tomorrow, February draws to a close, so there’s no better time than the present for a new Song of the Day (the first since Arizona’s birthday/that one day where there’s a bunch of love and happiness and stuff). I have about 2 months left to post here, so I’ll be sure to make much more frequent visits to Harmony Avenue from now on. (Cross my heart. Which reminds me of “Up”: “Cross your heart?…CROSS IT! Cross your heart!” ) Here’s a terrific new single from last year’s Best New Artist Grammy winner, who recently appeared on Sunday’s Oscars broadcast, with a theme particularly appropriate for this month, though applicable throughout the year…
“Black Gold” by Esperanza Spalding (feat. Algebra Blessett)!
Esperanza’s new album, “Radio Music Society,” comes out next month, and from what I’ve heard so far, it looks to be a beautifully innovative fusion of jazz, R&B, pop, and lots of great bits of pieces of other genres. This lead-off single, featuring stellar R&B vocalist Algebra Blessett, is a great demonstration of that dazzling sense of musical experimentation. As stated on Esperanza’s website (and as displayed in the heartfelt music video), this song is a message to African American boys, and is meant to give them hope and a sense of inner strength. However, the song isn’t limited to just one group of people…it features a positive, uplifting message that anyone, of any walk of life, can identify with. It’s a beautiful, joyous piece of music with lots of wonderful moments (I love in particular when a children’s choir comes in during the latter half), and if the rest of Esperanza’s new record is as terrific as this, it’s going to be one wonderful album.
More great music is to come in the next month or two. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!