It’s been a long time.
I shouldn’t have left you.
Without a dope beat to step to.*
Let’s remedy that.
But first, this week marks the beginning of the holiday festivities!
Most of you will spend hours, days, or even whole weekends with people you’ve purposely avoided all year long.
Shame on you.
I’m sure you’ve planned ahead. You’ve got yourself a dietary plan, an exit plan, and secret stashes of liquid happiness tucked in your suitcase.
“It’s for everyone.”
But what about the soundtrack for the weekend? What playlist is going to keep you mellow when Aunt Ira gets drunk and starts bringing up 30 year old beefs? And Uncle Moe starts hitting you up for money? Or your passive aggressive mother once again suggests that you just come out of the closet already ‘cuz you haven’t brought home a man since the president was white?
Oh trust me, the last thing you want to add to this dysfunctional fire is hokey, played out, public domain Christmas music. Do you really want Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire forever associated with the memory of Lil Mike and RayRay throwing blows over a game of spades?
Do everyone a solid and download something that will CHILL EVERYONE THE HELL OUT.
No this isn’t holiday music. It’s just straight up good music that’s too hot to listen to with your ear buds in. You’ve got to share this.
Ladies and gentlemen, Kevin Sandbloom.
Is it soul? Is it jazz? Is it blues? Yes, and so much more.
I saw this man perform live at Bloombars couple of weeks ago and was absolutely blown away. He created richer rhythmic tapestries with a guitar, beatboxing, and a loop machine than most can do with a full band. His CD, Viva Los Angeles, has been on constant replay in my car and I have yet to tire of it.
This is artistry at its best.
Not only is Kevin Sandbloom an engaging performer and soulful vocalist, his music just plain ol’ gives you life. You simply feel better after listening to it. There’s a pureness and a rawness to his music that’s refreshing. The type of expressive freedom you’re not going to find on the Top 40; it belongs solely to the independent artist.
More of a lyrical poet than your typical songwriter, Kevin Sandbloom can talk about love and sensuality without being vulgar. Yet his lyrics will still hit you in a deep place. The emotion he pours into “Woman” will make you feel like you’re the one lamenting a breakup. His rendition of Prince’s “Beautiful Ones” is a bold remake to attempt (you just don’t mess with the Artist!) but he pulls it off spectacularly. “All Night Long” is the type of tune you’d play at that backyard party you dream to be cool enough to throw one day. It’s a lively love song with a hook that’ll get everyone dancing. Viva Los Angeles also tosses a bluesy cover into the mix, with lyrics so full of soul you’ll throw your shoe at the speaker and yell out “WELL!” like a grandmother in a southern church.
Each of his tracks flows seamlessly from one to the other and will keep you laid back, kickin’, enjoyin’ the ride no matter the antics of you whacky relatives.
Mere words can’t do this man’s work justice. Do yourself a favor and get hip. Download his music. Any of it–he has 9 albums! Put his latest, Torch Ginger in your repertoire, some bourbon in your cup and be the hero of your holiday get together!
–This fawning fangirl post has not been sponsored in any way. I just really like good music. Kevin Sandbloom has no idea I even exist and may never even see this post. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
*10 points if you got this throwback. 20 points if you threw it back farther than Timbaland and landed on Eric B and Rakim.