The old saying about the weather is that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. I’ve spent a few days thinking, in jazz, who is the lion and who is the lamb?
I went to Google to find out. I put in Jazz Lion. I got back Gregory Porter’s song "Be Good (Lion's Song)." That was not what I was expecting. I thought I would get something by Sun Ra, the Last Poets, Osibisa, Earth, Wind and Fire or the group War. I was positive that Bob Marley had done something about the Lion of Judah, Haile Selassie. But nothing like that came up.
And just as well. I dug a little deeper, perusing Sun Ra. His record label was called Black Lion, and on it he had a song called "When There is No Sun." Since that has been what we have been living through most of January and February, I gave it a listen. It’s a wonderful jazz piece, but after what we have lived through, it only prolonged the agony.
So I went to Gregory Porter’s video. His butterscotch voice sings about being a lion in a cage who watches a lady named Be Good dance around him. It’s enchanting. The jazzy waltz has nonsense lyrics, but it has everything to make your day better. Thanks Gregory, for making the lion of March a gentle creature that I could get used to dancing around.
~Lydia Barnes (email@example.com)
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