Participatory Spirituality for the 21st Century
Play hard and win big with this sport prosthetic.
Hilarious and frightening:
La'Porsha had by far the best performance on American Idol last night.
And Sonika the 2nd best, doing one of my favorite songs.
By far the best blind audition on The Voice last night, and one of the best ever on the show.
Baby Metal's US TV debut on Colbert:
Esperanza Spalding on Colbert. My first experience with this group and I like the way it challenges rigid musical structure.
Esperanza Spalding is a truly gifted musical artist. This latest project (Emily's D+ Evolution) features Spalding playing the character Emily (Spalding's middle name). Perhaps this is an example of metamodernism.
From Spalding's website, this quote from Joan LaMay:
"Whether you want to see it as devolution and evolution, and the place where they co-exist without one diminishing the other, or...barely having the tools that you need, but having to move forward, and having to keep moving," Spalding explained to NPR in a recent interview, the album conceptually addresses the always exciting, sometimes messy process of reconciling the aspects of our selves that are in conflict...
Armed with the entity of Emily flowing through her, Spalding’s visionary performance of the album is an experience to behold and an integral part of the project itself. Here, Spalding is, for the first time, incorporating stage design, movement and acting into her already vivid musical storytelling practice. She’s working with stage director and playwright Will Wiegler to manifest her concepts physically now that they’ve come to life aurally. Each track on the album, from the soaring ode to uninhibited self-expression “Good Lava” to the affecting, shimmery funk ballad “Unconditional Love”, Emily’s D+Evolution is rich, surprising and labyrinthian, yet classic and timeless, as if these songs have always existed out there in the ether. Turns out that Spalding just had to tune in to Emily to bring them here to Earth."
I first came across Esperanza in a 2009 recording of this tune (though not the same performance as the one below): Jazz Ain't Nothin But Soul, a very different context than the Emily performances.
Yes, her use of Emily is like my use of Musique, the name for my muse. I also treat Musique as a distinct entity for purposes of communicating with my subconscious or collective unconscious or archetypes or Holy Guardian Angel or whatever we want to call it.
And Korean ... what, LA?