I will admit as much I was and still am a listener of NPR I still find myself coming across stuff from them that is totally new to me. Tiny Desk Concert is one of those things. While going through things on Youtube, completely out of boredom waiting for game 2 of the NBA Finals to start, I saw Rapsody’s Tiny Desk Concert. Thought it was dope and then saw that this man had one as well. I’m Gregory Porter fan and feel his sound is needed in music.
July 18, 2016 by BOB BOILEN • Gregory Porter’s healing soul music sends a message of compassion, and he’s got a baritone voice that resonates love. When Porter visited NPR, we’d just learned that our colleague, photojournalist David Gilkey, had been killed while working on a story for NPR in Afghanistan. When Porter began singing the calmly beautiful “No Love Dying,” he may not have known how much it would mean to us. Yet this song of compassion and hope, from his Grammy-winning 2013 album Liquid Spirit, was just what we’d needed.
Porter and pianist Chip Crawford continued their thoughtful, entrancing set with “Take Me To The Alley” (the title track to Porter’s new album), a song about how we treat and think about those who live on society’s margins. Closing this Tiny Desk concert is “Don’t Be A Fool,” another new song of love, loyalty and trust. For us, Porter’s set provided a timely reminder that we can all use comfort, counsel and guidance — and that music can be serious and heartwarming without losing its sense of wonder and delight.
“No Love Dying”
“Take Me To The Alley”
“Don’t Be A Fool”
It’s the month of love and sometimes there are those who aren’t as lucky with love out there. I put together mix of sad love songs where men are just trying to keep it together. I rather hear heartbroken love songs from dudes because we as men truly have to humble our self to admit it’s not working out and we are hurt by that fact. Click here and Enjoy
1. Intro/ SMokey Robinson – Quiet Storm
2. Al Green – How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
3. Stevie Wonder – I Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer
4. Gregory Porter – Hey Laura
5. Jodeci – Cry For You
6. Anthony Hamilton – I’m A Mess
7. Hall & Oates – She’s Gone
8. Teddy Pendergrass – -Love T.K.O.
9. Kem – Why Would You Stay
10. Luther Vandross – A House Is Not A Home
11. Brian McKnight – One Last Cry
12. Sisqo – Incomplete
13. Boyz II Men – End Of The Road
Best Hip Hop Album: Black Milk: No Poison No Paradise
The Drums, the sample chops, the flow….. It’s all there as if it never left. No Poison No Paradise is another great album from Black Milk. The sound of Hip Hop Detroit Hip Hop is in this brother’s hand without a doubt.
Best Hip Hop Song: Jay – Z: Jay Z Blue
Another favorite song off the Magna Carta Holy Grail album, the album isn’t on my list but these songs are. What’s cool about this song, pass the touching fact he ( Jay) addresses how it is to be a father and how he doesn’t want to fail\ at being a father, is the why B.I.G is a major part of the song. The message isn’t as heartfelt as it should be, I mean let’s be real if this was The Blueprint album this could be a tearjerker of a song. With that said Jay still gets his point across well.
Non Hip Hop Album: Gregory Porter: Liquid Spirit
Liquid Spirit is a strong album. The mellowness is put up against the powerful vocals of Gregory Porter and it sounds so much older than some 2013 release. Not a song wasted on silliness on this album, this is some old school love blah blah blah stuff here. I say that in a bad way bit it truly is a good thing, to hear the multiple aspects of love is lost in the music these days. Even the cover songs sound original just because of the way they’re brought to the listener on this album.
Non Hip Hop Song: Amel Larreiux: Afraid
It feels good hearing new music from Amel Larreiux. A little more bounce than I was expecting but still sounds familiar to me. I haven’t gotten the album but this is a great first single to run with.