Ibeyi – I Carried This For Years and Away Away

Thanks to everyone who has checked out the blog so far, shared it, and hit me up with words of support. I appreciate all of you for tuning in. Let’s keep it rolling.

Man, oh man, do I love Ibeyi. They are the definition of fusion; culturally, musically, sonically, etc. Their music is meditative and propulsive; percussive and melodic; dissonant and harmonic; rooted in tradition and bracingly modern (I even like how they use AutoTune, which I don’t generally go in for).

I’m posting the first two tracks from their latest album, Ash. Hang in there with them both because I love the songs as a pairing and think they showcase Ibeyi’s power, depth, and range.

Teaser: If you’re not driving or walking or otherwise need to see, close your eyes at the start of I Carried This For Years, breathe deep, and wait for 1:09 in the song….

Brother Ali – Own Light (What Hearts Are For)

No better way to kick this blog off.

Brother Ali is one of my favorite MCs — favorite musicians, period. This track is from his record All the Beauty in This Whole Life, released earlier this year. Always soulful, strong with a message, and ridiculously skilled on the mic (he’s got rhymes for days. Google his name + freestyle and watch the clips. Crazy), he goes spiritual on this latest record.

This song has been on regular repeat for me all year.

 

https://rhymesayers.com/artists/brotherali

 

The Why

Simon (Sinek) says, “Start With Why.”

Good advice to give. Harder advice to live. But, always a good place to start. And, so, why this blog?

Why #1:  A relatively sudden and increasingly strong urge to put something out to the universe. Something creative. Something nourishing. Something that’s me and mine.

Why #2: I love music. And, I want to share music that I love with those of you who care to read, and listen and, perhaps, share what’s in your own ear.

Why #3: Learning to actually play an instrument is proving too difficult. 🙂

I will post one track a week. Mostly current-year stuff; new releases, new-to-me discoveries, but with some throw backs occasionally added to the mix. And, maybe some photos I take. And, the occasional musing. But, primarily music.

All set? Let’s go.