Monday, February 14, 2011

Aloe Blacc is the one.

It's Valentine's Day night (would you call it Valentine's Night then?) and, yeah, it's pretty much like a lot of my other nights. No surprise there. On my mind off and on are how much the Grammys got people talking this time around and, even though I live without a TV, I was able to see some performances and recaps through the day today. Mostly I'm pretty happy people were just talking about music, whether they were upset Arcade Fire won Album of the Year (provided they even knew who they were ... and a lot didn't) or that a relatively unknown jazz bassist made out like a bandit with Best New Artist (and, surprise, she's really great). An awards show unearths a new singer. Imagine that. First for everything, eh?

In the spirit of discovery and love and music, then (see how those got intertwined?), I got some help with learning about this Aloe Blacc character not long ago. He's this American-born-to-Panamanian-parents soul singer who gets compared to Marvin Gaye a lot and, you know? I'm on board with that comparison. Before, I'd only known him as a guy to cover Michael Jackson really pretty well. Now? Now I need to get the album. Or albums. I love most things about this little video. It's timelessness, its casual showcasing of real talent, improvisation in percussion and, maybe most especially, that song inside the restaurant at the end. It gets better and better and then absolute best. If this doesn't paste a goofy grin on your face, well then ... I just don't know what. I can only do so much. 

Aloe Blacc | I Need A Dollar | A Take Away Show - Part 1 from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

1 comment:

D'Arcy said...

I want to give this man a dollar.