This Happened: I Interviewed the Resplendent Dianne Reeves
I love love love Dianne Reeves.
I’ve seen her live several times and each concert is a transcendent experience. With that in mind, can you imagine how ELATED I was when Revive Music asked me to interview her about her brand new album Beautiful Life?
I was ecstatic.
So read a bit of my interview here and then check the rest of it over at Revive.
DR: Someone used the term “neo-soul” and I said, “Hold up. I am soul. There’s nothing new about me.” I was here before that term was even put into play. But at the same time, I love [that] all these wonderful and incredible jazz musicians are making this music so that it touches everybody. When I grew up the music I listened to my mom also enjoyed. So I love that the feeling is back and that was another inspiration for the record.
FMH: I think that’s a great point because I’m definitely a part of the hip hop generation and there’s a whole side of musical life that I didn’t share with my family. I couldn’t play Doggystyle around my parents and I wasn’t supposed to play it around the younger kids in my family. So there’s something to be said for music where you don’t have to cringe while listening to it with the elders or cover the baby’s ears.
DR: Or the elders are buying the music. Gregory Porter sounds like someone that came out of the 1960s. They’re loving him across the board. It’s a broad demographic and I love that.
You know, when I grew up, music was not just entertainment. It was a way of life. It was the backdrop of everything. The music was talking about what we were dealing with right then and right there. There were songs that you would sing like a Bible verse because that was going to help you get through. Those songs were for the head, and for the heart, and for the feet.
Read the rest of my interview AND hear her new single with the late great George Duke over at Revive Music!