You know those times in your life when you come across something that completely and utterly relaxes every muscle in your body? Its something that takes you by surprise, whether for a few seconds or an endless amount of time because you didn’t know it could have this affect on you. As you engulf this new found appreciation, you can’t help but be completely thankful but also, completely baffled. Baffled because it has been present all throughout your life but you are just now embracing it. Ladies and gents, I’m speaking of the beautiful and timeless vocals of 1940′s jazz and blues artists. The other day, my friend had the glorious Billie Holiday softly cascading from her computer’s speakers. As soon as her distinct voice hit my ears, I was immediately in a trance. My body untangled, so-to-speak, and all the cloudiness in my mind washed away. It literally felt like therapy for my mind. It was wonderful.
So, as I am writing this, I am taking in a sweet collaboration of sounds: a soft breath on a saxophone, a light stroke on a bass, a soft sweep of brushes across a snare drum, and the crisp vocals of the ever-wonderful, Billie. Drape the light and warming radio crackle over this enchanting ensemble and its as if I’m right there, in the 40′s.
I’ll leave you with this picture from a wedding I second shot back in September. More from this beautiful day to come. Happy Wednesday.