Motivational Music for the Syncopated Soul are precisely what I have in mind. The opening track could be a collaboration between Bruno Mars and Snarky Puppy. Other selections sound as if members of Celine Dion’s pit band are on a woozy jazz bender. “Today I’m Gonna Get Myself a Real Job” resembles an outtake from the score of La La Land while “Starting Line” is cheesy chorus line-style pop. The pep talk freakout “Compassion Pass”- “you’ll never be as good at being Pat Metheny as Pat Metheny is at being Pat Metheny”- is worthy of prime Was (Not Was). Much like Las Vegas, Motivational Music for the Syncopated Soul is garishly tacky and curiously beguiling.
I featured tracks by Jay McShann, Drugs and Attics, Anderson.Paak and Solange on a Best Music of 2019 (So Far) segment on KCUR’s Up To Date.
I made a contentious appearance on 90.9 The Bridge’s Thursdays with Timothy Finn show.
I write weekly concert previews for The Kansas City Star.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)