Sunday, June 28, 2009

Summerstage Fever

I spent the day in the SUN!!! I'm so happy to know that I live in New York City again. It's been Seattle here since May. The sky was so many shades of blue, and the clouds were just plain showing off.
It was a thankful to just be alive day.
Summerstage blew my mind today. More specifically Esperanza Spalding blew my mind today. It's rare that I find someone who leaves me in complete and utter awe. Her performance was inspiring in every way. I watched most of it with my mouth wide open in shock at her shear genius and presence.She bopped around so quickly and switched from instrument to instrument so often that I stayed in quickdraw mode. That bass is just an extension of her arm, she tosses it around like it ain't no big thing. "Oh, I just happen to be able to sing with more confidence and clarity than anyone has a right to while I play this upright bass better than anyone you've ever heard play an upright bass. What's new with you?"

Eventually she covered a Nina Simone song that gave me goosebumps. I abandoned my sketchbook for standing and swaying and clapping.
Good times.

3 comments:

Tiffany said...

Thanks for adding a link to Esperanza Spalding's site. This was my first time hearing of her and now I just added her cds to my wish list! I love finding out about new artists.

Amberbop said...

Oh Tiffany, I'm so glad you looked her up! I'm totally buying her CDs and finding out where I can hear her live next.

Sandra Gaddis said...

These are GREAT Amber!! They have so much movement just a few inbetweens and you'll have a really nice piece of animation.

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