Artist: Gregory Porter
Weight of love on my shoulders
I thought that it would be easier than this
I thought my heart had grown colder
But the warmth of your kiss, I can’t dismiss
Though my past has left me bruised
I ain’t hiding from the truth
When the truth won’t let me lie right next to you
But it’s holding on
And it’s holding strong
Even though I tried to make it
Played the part, but I can’t fake it
It keeps holding on
And it’s holding strong
Even though I tried to break it
Heaven knows that I can’t shake it
I know I’ve been very irregular these days, but it’s the end of my semester and the exams have left me feeling lazy, yet stressful. As a way of making amends, I’m going to recommend this pearl to you fellas.
Born in Sacramento, California, Gregory Porter is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. At the age of 21, Porter lost his mother to cancer, but only after she entreated him from her death-bed: “Sing, baby, sing!” Porter mostly composes Gospel, Blues, and Jazz music, and has won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2014 for Liquid Spirit and in 2017 for Take Me to the Alley. ‘Holding on’, a single released in 2016 from his fourth studio album ‘Take Me to the Alley’, has gained fame through its remix version, made in collaboration with Disclosure, an English electronic duo.
Weirdly nostalgic and seductive, this jazz club hit pulls all the right strings. It’s one of those songs you’ve never heard before, but can swear has been etched semewhere in your mind; not because of the tune is mainstream (oh no, it’s definitely not mainstream), it’s just a lot of hard work and intricately woven tunes. The piano is ever so delightful, and takes you back to those 60’s night clubs, with the good music and the better cocktails. The soulful voice is just an addition to its already pre-dominant tune. And the saxophone, oh! the saxophone! If it weren’t the angels’ favorite instrument, besides the harp, I’d be rightfully stunned. The beautiful saxophone that would leave any jazz song incomplete in its absence, alters the mood into a more seductive one. The song is about an unrequited love that’s got you weak in the knees, and you’re begging your lovely counterpart to do anything but leave you. Wow, that just got real, huh?
Anyway, I can’t stress on this enough ‘Jazz needs to be explored and encouraged more’. With one of the most significant and beautiful genres dying out, people have got less to look forward to. If you’re a Jazz artist and are reading this, don’t you worry for there’s always somebody (actually, a whole lot of people) rooting for you. The undivided attention one pays to Jazz won’t ever fade away; so, for the love of God, keep experimenting with your music, sire/madam/miss!