Song of the Day: “Heaven On The Ground” by Jose James feat. Emily King
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The word “chill” has become so overused in today’s culture, but when I think of today’s Song of the Day, that is the first thing that comes to mind. In “Heaven On The Ground,” by Jose James, the soft bass and brush pattern is subtly layered behind a simple guitar pattern and some mild keyboard interjections. While the band is on point, James and featured singer Emily King make for an excellent vocal duo. James has all the smooth sensibility of Isaac Hayes or Al Green, but also the deep soul of Billie Holliday or Nina Simone. King’s background harmonies and call-and-response work is mellow and light hearted, allowing the song to breath in between James’ verse. The lyrics are all about finding someone who is “heaven on the ground,” but not being able to get close to that person. This topic seems like it would be melancholy, but the song comes off more as relaxed, almost as if King and James both know that everything will work out in the end.
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