Live Performance of the Week: Daniel Caesar sings at NPR’s Tiny Desk

Live Performance of the Week: Daniel Caesar sings at NPR’s Tiny Desk

July 25, 2018 – I once was at a safari camp in South Africa, where daily in the late afternoons a large tribe of elephants silently walked together nearby along a dry riverbed. They were nothing short of mesmerizing, these majestic giants, with the elders walking up front, what appeared to be adolescents in the middle, and the babies pulling up the rear. I could watch them for hours, and it got me thinking that over the years the elders would one day step off to the side and the kids would move up front, only one day to be replaced by their kids, and so on. The relentless, albeit graceful, forward movement of life.

Live Performance of the Week: Daniel Caesar sings at NPR’s Tiny Desk

July 25, 2018 – I once was at a safari camp in South Africa, where daily in the late afternoons a large tribe of elephants silently walked together nearby along a dry riverbed. They were nothing short of mesmerizing, these majestic giants, with the elders walking up front, what appeared to be adolescents in the middle, and the babies pulling up the rear. I could watch them for hours, and it got me thinking that over the years the elders would one day step off to the side and the kids would move up front, only one day to be replaced by their kids, and so on. The relentless, albeit graceful, forward movement of life.

When I came upon our featured video of Daniel Caesar, I was reminded of the quiet majesty of that tribe and its relevance to music. No stranger to this site, Daniel has risen quickly at age 23 to the front of his pack with his delightful brand of melodic and languorous R&B. His live performance last month in NPR’s Tiny Desk series is proof positive that he has fully arrived:  Over three tracks, Daniel deftly leads a group of harmonious, in-the-pocket musicians in the creation of a comforting, organic chill vibe that you should not miss.  And the icing on the cake is the appearance of H.E.R. (now all of 20 years old) on the last song, where she duets with Daniel on their hit “Best Part.” If Marvin and Tammi are looking down, they’re no doubt smiling to see these two carry things forward so beautifully. Enjoy. 

By Robb Patryk

 
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