Months into living at home, being so close to our families for extended lengths of time, it’s easier than ever to nourish negative feelings and observations about those we love most. If you find yourself fanning these counterproductive flames, we have a most inspirational song writer to help us self-administer the requisite attitude adjustment. A couple tablespoons of his gratitude and tenderness might help to turn the brackish tide within ourselves.
Gregory Porter, the orchestral jazz phenomenon whose vocal prowess is exceeded only by his humility, recently released two short compilations Love Songs and Spiritual Songs.
A favorite is the opening track of the former, “If Love is Overrated.” The soft piano, swishing brushes, gently surging mallets and sparse bright conga hits transport to those acoustically specialized jazz venues. Porter’s vocals are as subtle, strong, expressive and restrained as any. The second verse begins “If love is overrated/ Why is it the only thing I serve? / If love is overrated / Why is the one I’m in the one that I deserve?” The purity of his message is disarming and nourishes the psyche. With any luck, it will inspire us to be better to those around us, who after all are the ones that lift us up in turn.
I highly recommend checking out Gregory Porter; listen with a loved one and make it a date night. Other great tracks of his include “Pained on Canvas,” “Real Good Hands,” and “Take Me To The Alley.”
Check it out: https://www.gregoryporter.com