The apple does not fall far from the tree. A few weeks ago we featured the legendary Donny Hathaway on our Sunday Jazz Corner and in it we briefly mentioned his daughter Lalah. This week it is all about Lalah Hathaway, daughter of the jazz and R&B great Donny Hathaway. Though she may be under the radar to some, if you do not already know about Lalah, you will know about her soon as she continues to rise at a rapid pace amongst her peers.
Born as Eulaulah Donyll Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway is referred to as the First Daughter of Soul. She is considered a contemporary R&B and jazz singer. In a sea of high pitched soprano female pop culture singers, it is so refreshing to hear Lalah Hathaway in the mix. There is something about her texture and tone in the same context as Sade or Sarah Vaughan and other infectious swooners that just makes you feel good inside. When you think of pop culture singers these days, you emmediatialy think Beyonce, Rihanna, pop, Hip Hop, soul etc. But with the Esmaralda Spalding’s and Janelle Monae’s and other newbies quietly making themselves heard, please take note of Lalah Hathaway and check out her music on iTunes.
The first video you will listen to below is “Something” by Snarky Puppy featuring Lalah Hathaway. I was referred to it by a friend and watched blindly, and unprepared. I started off listening, watching calmly, inquisitively, maybe slightly judgmental, sitting in my chair… watching, waiting… and as it continued I started getting this feeling, this emotion inside of me. I sat up straight in my chair and tuned everything else out around me. Now, in one hundred percent concentration mode listening and watching this video in front of me, completely committed with Lalah and her performance I begin talking to my computer screen… next, I am standing, now I’m yelling at my computer, clapping, cheering!! Alone in my apartment, goose bumps running all through my body up and down my spine I sit back down. Of course because I’m a man, I did not cry. Maybe just one tiny tear but I fixed that real quick and like I said, I was alone and nobody was there to see a thing.
I think jazz, gospel, good soul, rock whatever, is supposed to make you, make us feel this way, right? Sometimes rarely, music can take you there to this place and so when you do feel it and are a part of the art and why music exists in the first place, it is such a great experience. So ya, that’s kind of what my experience with Lalah was like. And just remember, nobody cried here!
Here are two videos below one Live in Harlem with Robert Glasper at Marcus Garvey Park, and the first one is by Snarky Puppy “Something” featuring a live recording of Lalah Hathaway. I could have posted 20 more like this but I kept it down to two. While writing this piece and listening to this music all I could think of was all of the music that we still can look forward to with future recordings of Lalah Hathaway.
P.S. At the 6:12 minute mark of this song does she sing a chord? I think she sang a chord!! And I love the drummers reaction, he literally got out of his seat as if to say, what just happened.
Singing with Robert Glasper in Harlem, Live at Marcus Garvey Park in August 2012, a classic Nirvana rock song “Smells Like Teen Spirit ” with a jazz twist. Brilliant.
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Happy Holidays from Harlem Condo Life!
Please enjoy this 2012 FREE DOWNLOAD Holiday Compilation Podcast – CHRISTMAS MIX 2012.
Jazz, Soul, Classical, Traditional, R & B and Country featuring musical artists Mary J Blige, Michael Buble, Whitney Houston, Sinead O’Connor, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Michael McDonald, Take 6, Enya, Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum, Harry Connick Jr. and many more.
Wishing all of you the very best in 2013!
For iTunes CHRISTMAS MIX 2012
For Podbean http://harlemcondolife.podbean.com/2012/12/22/christmas-mix-2012/
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All of your favorite old school jams compiled by RhythmDB with something for everyone on this mix. To download click on the link…
FAVORITE CLASSICS (Vol. 1) by RhythmDB
Part 2 will be coming soon.
1. Georgy Porgy – Toto
2. Serpentine Fire – Earth Wind & Fire
3. Dancing Machine – Jackson 5
4. Maybe I’m A Fool – Aretha Franklin
5. Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
6. Shining Star – Earth Wind & Fire
7. The Groove Line – Heat Wave
8. I’m Still In Love With You – Al Green
9. Don’t Stop The Music – Yarbrough & Peoples
10. Miss Sun – Boz Scaggs
11. Genius of Love – Tom Tom Club
12. Strawberry Letter 23 – The Brothers Johnson
13. Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
14. I Wish – Stevie Wonder
15. Love Rollercoaster – Ohio Players
16. Got to Give It Up, Pt.1 – Marvin Gaye
17. The World Is a Ghetto – War
18. Mary Jane – Rick James
19. You Ought to Be With Me – Al Green
20. Me and Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul
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