Music is nature's language. What it is telling you is to shut up for once and listen.

 

This fresh sound, combined with the relentless search for professional perfection and creative musical authenticity made Spalding a household name in the official events of the establishment. Nobel Prize award? Spalding, white house ? Spalding. The perfect combination of youth and maturity, of emotion and education, of classical and modern, a true emblem of what good music should be.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

    Opinions / Science / Theory of Relative Ignorance  
 

..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

    Art & Culture / Music / Blues / Robert Johnson  
   

Esperanza Spalding - Black gold

I have to start with a small confession. I am writing this article knowing full well I am biased. Yes. I am. I want to marry Esperanza Spalding and have many small musical children with her. But you know what, even in my biased state I can recognize real talent when I hear it, and damn, the girl has tons of raw talent. Just the way I like it.

Spalding is a rags to riches story, which made her a very popular media star, but she is far from being another meteoric starlet with an interesting background. What it does give her is a different outlook on life, on music, on what music can do to people, to neighborhoods, to nations.

 
 

I grew up in a bad neighborhood, but since leaving Portland, I've seen neighborhoods that are worse, almost like war zones — traumatic and stressful, they break down the spirit of a person. While mine was certainly not the best neighborhood, it was like a walk in the park compared with other ghettos I've seen."

 

When i see someone who is truly in love with music per se play or sing, it makes me tingle. You plug in into some raw life force, that has no flag, has no class, is pure and basic. Esperanza Spalding is almost a prophet when it comes to being a vessel for music, of letting us enjoy that energy as it passes through her to our ears, to our hearts. The high priestess of modern jazz.

 
 
One of the stories I love about Spalding is the fact she fell in love after seeing a concert of another ambassador of the wonderful power of music, yoyo ma, and immediately plunging into the music world as a result of this experience. It just proves my assumption that music is contagious…
 
 

Art doesn’t thrive with too much analyzing and explaining."

 

When I listen to her bass lines, and especially when she is accompanying herself just on a double bass while singing,  you can immediately see she is Charles Mingus's lost daughter, the black sister Jaco Pastorias never knew he had, she is up there in that bass genius pool, the ones who managed to take the bass to places he never thought he belonged in, to music-scapes of a low humming slapping complicated yet so simple beat.

No wonder Spalding found herself on the faculty in Berkley at an age most people are still trying to figure out what they want to do with their life, and it is that combination of fresh energy and genial understanding of the music which helps Spalding not only be a great teacher but a supporter of music and promoter of alternative music that has no boundaries or genres, playing with bands like 'the roots' for thousands of people, and with a string quartet for a small candle lit room.

 

My story isn't unique — it's common, particularly in our country: Most people are going through real nose-to-the-grindstone surviving. These people are heroes — it's incredibly trying on the body and spirit to survive. You just keep going."

 
 

This fresh sound, combined with the relentless search for professional perfection and creative musical authenticity made Spalding a household name in the official events of the establishment. Nobel Prize award? Spalding, white house ? Spalding. The perfect combination of youth and maturity, of emotion and education, of classical and modern, a true emblem of what good music should be.

 
 

Yes, even when Spalding is going full throttle on the pop front, like in 'black gold', you just can't ignore the perfectly weaved bass lines, always managing to keep the offbeat slant, a separate voice, a backup singer with a very low voice, and it is mesmerizing, almost as if she is singing a duet with herself, with two vices harmonizing, simultaneously.  Talk about women and multi tasking…

 
 

People are more used to seeing men who are masters at an instrument than women. When people say, "Oh, she plays like a dude," it's usually dudes who are the ones saying it."

 
 

She is twenty four. Yep. I'm keeping an eye on this one. And not just because I want to marry her.
Ok, mostly because of that, but I am also convinced this one is going to bring us some very interesting stuff, and a lot of it,
and I for one, am looking forward to it.