The band Lawrence on heavy rotation for me. Why? I don’t know, really. I do like soul and funk. I do like a girl singer, and it has that in Gracie Lawrence. I dig the piano of Clyde Lawrence–maybe the sound reminds me of Billy Preston a bit? I’m not really smart about unpacking why something hits my ear and brain and heart in a particular way. The lead two players of Lawrence are brother and sister, which I think blunts the effect of of songs which are duets as necessarily romantic. They are more cooperative. Songs as “conversation,” maybe.
I’m no music critic.
I think their live (live and taped?) performances on YouTube–“Acoustic-ish”–are what sold me. Earnest, guileless, but somehow still smart. It’s absolutely a performance–and of course every performance is a contrivance by its nature–but the sometimes-Gospel-level intensity hits me in my heart.
Give a listen, have a watch:
23 / latest “single”
Don’t Lose Sight
deja vu / (Olivia Rodrigo cover)
i’m confident that i’m insecure / the one I saw first
Today after my session I saw @lifeguardsofsandiego respond to an incident with a beachgoer who needed CPR and advanced life support. I’ve been treated for stingray injuries by them and they’re always courteous and professional—simple first aid. I don’t often think of them as a paramedical service but of course they are. It turns out they’re a great one. Kudos to their quick work and smoothly handing off the patient, resuscitated, to ambulance personnel. I hope the person is okay; I’m grateful the lifeguards are on the job!