Spalding has gotten, justifiably, a lot of accolades since her debut a few years ago, but somehow a black woman with a huge afro who usually plays bass and sings like Alicia Keys is still not accoladed enough to me.
The lyrics here are fairly simplistic (“Hold your head as high as you can, high enough to see who you are, little man,”) and somehow reminiscent of Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Shining Star,” but the whole tune is cool as hell and uplifting, if not revolutionarily-new.
It’s a fun, simple, more-pop-than-jazz tune. But put it on in the background and you’ll feel good about yourself.
I guarantee it.*