To be honest, I’m usually too caught up in Thundercat's groove to notice what he’s singing about. But something about this performance (or maybe it was the fact that I watched it four times in a row) made me truly listen to the lyrics for the first time.
It’s funny — when people ask me what my favorite genre of music is, I catch myself rotating between soul, funk and indie, depending on my mood that day. It was only after I had a conversation about bossa nova music with a friend this past week, though, did I realize my deep attachment for this genre.
Uncertainty has certainly become the norm, and while it’s frustrating we can't gather as a community in the same ways that we used to, it's songs like “Rank & File” that remind me how crucially important music is in making sense of the world.
While you can always count on Marc Rebillet to cook up something original, what made his drive-in livestream this summer particularly special was his collaboration with a surprise guest: Erykah Badu, the "Queen of Neo Soul."
In the early months of quarantine, the two-time Grammy Award winning R&B artist H.E.R. began a livestream series, “Girls With Guitars,” a weekly conversation and performance with a fellow female guitarist on Instagram Live. On Episode 2, H.E.R. invited one of my biggest musical inspirations onto the show, Lianne La Havas.