August 14, 2012
That GOOD GOOD Music: Esperanza Spalding
This morning, while listening to my Esperanza Spalding playlist, I realized that in the 2 years I've been running this blog, I have never discussed her and her gorgeous music! Although I am sure the vast majority of you are already very familiar with Miss Spalding, it is simply unacceptable that her countenance has not graced this blog. Especially since the woman is a living, breathing definition of everything that I love about music. Esperanza is a genuinely talented individual. She can sing. That seems like such a simple thing to say, but in the age of music that we live in today, being able to sing is no longer a requirement for many musicians. That is why I appreciate artists who sound just as good, if not better, live as they do on their recorded tracks. In addition to her gorgeous voice, Esperanza has also been blessed with the ability to play multiple instruments (most notably, the bass). As a fellow string instrument player, I can attest to how difficult it is to play any string instrument, in and of itself. The fact that she is able to do this while singing so beautifully never ceases to amaze me.
Ten years from now, most of what you hear on the radio will be absolutely irrelevant. Esperanza Spalding’s music, however, will have just as much depth and relevance as it does today.
Here are just a few of my favorite tracks from Esperanza. Enjoy!