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by Esperanza Spalding
Esperanza! My queen!

Little things about where you grow up can sneak up on you. Things you take for granted in your hometown - or at least home region of the strikingly large nation you live in - weave into the fabric of your reality to the point you don't even notice them until they are gone.

Case in point: there is no soul music in Oregon.

And it is weird. Growing up between the Appalachian mountains and central Ohio soul music is everywhere. The grimiest of punk clubs do not hesitate to play classic soul albums between hardcore sets. You hear it in the background while shopping for groceries. You hear it blaring from passing cars as you walk down the street. When I was performing regularly I was playing in both noise rock and soul cover bands. I took all this for granted and it (naively) never occurred to me that it might be different elsewhere in this country.

At least one of you is reading this and saying (out loud, despite being alone and staring at your computer) "Spalding is a jazz artist, dufus." And you're right. Sure. But the influence of soul is weaved into the fabric of this song the way it was weaved into my life when I was growing up.

No real point to all this other than I'm feeling a little homesick. For the music anyway.
 
Posted: 21st April 2017
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