The song is a poem by William Blake set to music by Spalding.A vinyl version of the album was released in February 2011.With Esperanza, Spalding's material was meant to be more reflective of herself as an artist, with musicians selected to best present that material.
But many locals vacate the city that week, and the favored slogan around town is "Keep Austin Weird." Just the right balance between glamour and grounded for Spalding. Incredible," she stage-whispers while scaling the LBJ Library & Museum's massive great hall staircase.
She moved here from Jersey City two years ago (but keeps a West Village pied-à-terre for work visits and to see her NYC-based musician boyfriend) into a garden-level duplex in the bobo-inhabited 78704 zip code with her best friend, jazz singer Lian Amber. Above her, the thirty-sixth president's papers (such as his 1964 "Great Society" speech) are bound in four floors of red books.
She was later both self-taught and -trained on a number of instruments, including guitar and bass.
Her proficiency earned her scholarships to Portland State University and the Berklee College of Music.
"I go in my little lair, I open the doors to my yard," she says, "and I just practice."Which doesn't leave much exploring time, so when Spalding finds a hangout she likes, she greets it like a hiker who's just seen a double rainbow. Outside, picnickers dot the grounds of this prime example of the New Formalism that informs Texas' dalliance with modernist architecture.
When it's time for dinner, Spalding takes a bar stool at the North Loop's Foreign & Domestic, a charming 42-seat open-kitchen restaurant, and explains her gravitation toward quirk—you'll regularly find her at South Congress vintage boutique Feathers—and how it sets her apart from her classical-leaning counterparts.
In a 2008 interview, she said, "[W]hat can be difficult is being a singer, in the sense that you are engaged with the audience, and really responsible for emoting, and getting into the lyrics, melody, etc., and being an effective bassist/band leader." Spalding left high school at 16, and after completing her GED, enrolled in a music scholarship in the music program at Portland State University, where she remembers being "the youngest bass player in the program." Gary Burton, Executive Vice President at Berklee, said in 2004 that Spalding had "a great time feel, she can confidently read the most complicated compositions, and she communicates her upbeat personality in everything she plays." Ben Ratliff wrote in The New York Times on July 9, 2006, that Spalding's voice is "light and high, up in Blossom Dearie's pitch range, and [that] she can sing quietly, almost in a daydream" and that Spalding "invents her own feminine space, a different sound from top to bottom." Ratliff wrote in The New York Times again, two years later, on May 26, 2008, that one of Spalding's central gifts is "a light, fizzy, optimistic drive that's in her melodic bass playing and her elastic, small-voiced singing," but that "the music is missing a crucial measure of modesty." He added: "It's an attempt at bringing this crisscrossing [of Stevie Wonder and Wayne Shorter] to a new level of definition and power, but its vamps and grooves are a little obvious, and it pushes her first as a singer-songwriter, which isn't her primary strength." Pat Metheny said in 2008 it was immediately obvious "that she had a lot to say and was also unlike any musician I had ever run across before.
Her unique quality is something that goes beyond her pretty amazing musical skills; she has that rare 'x' factor of being able to transmit a certain personal kind of vision and energy that is all her own." After Spalding's Grammy win in February 2011, the album entered the Billboard 200 at 138.
Comes in with her hair tied (doesnt do the signature afro) and looks very plain.
Flirts with one of this hostess' (very pretty Asian/black girl) and often has drinks there with a woman (no details about her) who is OBVIOUSLY either her lover or someone she's slept with. People who know her from Berklee know she's gay or at LEAST bisexual Her relentlessly positive outlook - some would call it naively idealistic, but it's undeniably refreshing - draws people to her, often for reasons she finds difficult to understand."Some night when we've just played our asses off, someone will come up and say, ' Man, your arms are so sexy.' I try to be nice.
Then I would come home and I would be playing her stuff that her teacher had been playing." One of the seasoned musicians with which she played that first night invited her to join the band's rehearsals "so she could actually learn something," and her rehearsals soon grew into regular performances spanning almost a year.