Hey guys! Mental Health Awareness Day was on October 10. Although, I was busy with work and couldn’t talk about it on that day, I was nominated by Laura Spoonie to talk about how music helps my mental health and what songs helps me to stay positive. See what songs I picked under the cut!
It’s already August! Can’t you believe it!? Time has flown by. Before I begin, I want to thank everyone who came and visited my blog last month. This blog had 1,200 views for July, and I can’t thank you guys a lot! If you haven’t had a chance to see it, I am still looking for feedback, and I am giving away a free CD to five lucky people who fill out the survey. Check out the details here.
I recently had to work six-day work weeks. To de-stress from working too much, I been listening to more jazz; either classic or smooth. I love jazz, more so the smooth jazz type, as it is soothing, exciting, and fascinating. Jazz has that element that can soothe the listener’s soul while exciting their souls, quenching it for more. Any type of jazz (classic, smooth, fusion) is never dull, it is the opposite! Don’t you feel the same way?
If you are like me, you might be already suffering from the stress and some burnout from work .I thought we could take a breather and relax with the music of Art Porter, Jr. He is well-known in Arkansas for the “Art Porter Bill”; a law that was pushed by then-Attorney General Bill Clinton to allow minors to work in alcohol-serving bars with parents’ supervision. The law was created because Art Porter, Jr played in his father’s band and then as an independent artist in many events and locations, including night clubs, as a drummer and saxophonist since he was little. After graduating from Northwestern University, he moved to Chicago to study and perform extensively. It was there where he received a recording contract with Polygram and Virve Forecast Records in the early 1990s. He released his debut album, entitled “Pocket City”, in 1992. Sadly, four years later, Art was killed in a boating accident in Thailand.
Art’s music, even to this today, is a subtle sensation as he fused jazz with the sounds of 90’s hip hop and R&B. The pinnacle of his experimentation came in 1994 when he released “Undercover”. In this album, you can heard the chilled atmosphere of the album prominently in the self-titled song. Also, how Art tackles each musical phrase is simply magically; they are full of warmth and emotion. During the break, he keeps the song attractive by changing the rhythms, going from the warm, rich long phrases to accented, quick ones full of scale slides, sixteenth notes, and some saxophone blows. Although a summer-like song, “Undercover” can help you to feel the warm sun and cool ocean breeze in winter’s frigid nights.