Summer around this part of the world is just about around the corner, and summer that means… summer shows! I’m thoroughly jovial about getting the sun, the delectable warm and brights nights and live music back in my life again. And although I might need to hang on for another few weeks still for the former to get here my concert summer begins already next week with two shows at Gröna Lund in Stockholm. I can’t even put into prose to describe exactly how pumped I’m for this!
Therefore, not surprisingly, the feature song of the week is by one of the artist I’m planning to see live this coming week. Non other than Romeo Blue himself; Mr. Lenny Kravitz.
Do you guys remember Lenny Kravitz? Although I grew up in the late 90s/early 00s when Mr. Man was in the absolute limelight when his record “5” blew up by the turn of the millennia it wasn’t a name until about roughly a year ago I hadn’t thought about much until his most recent album “Raise Vibration” popped up in my Spotify feed. I gave the record a spin and very rapidly it came back to me the realization about what an kick-ass artist Lenny Kravitz is. I mean, we are talking about a guy who won the Grammy Award for “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” for 4 years straight(!) between 1999 – 2002.
While the sound of Lenny Kravitz to me is fondly anchored around classic sounding Rock with super slick riffs and guitar tones that leaves you thinking of days of yore, the way he weaves in elements of Funk, R&B, Blues, Soul in to his music is just really cool and it make his discography remarkably diverse and very enjoyable to explore.
As I learned a about a year ago it turns out that Mr. Kravitz hasn’t exactly been idle since his tour de force years around the turn of the millennia. “Raise Vibration” is his 11th(!) studio album, so there is a lot of music to sink into for a thirsty soul.
I haven’t got the chance to see him live before so fingers crossed notwithstanding any unforeseen events I’ll get to do that later this week. Last time around he was in Stockholm he put on quite the show, although he perhaps gave the audience a bit more than he had intended in hindsight. So I have my hopes and expectations up quite a bit for his return to the city where sweet meets salt, haha.
For the featured song I thought about putting the light on one of his new-ish tracks off “Raise Vibration” but the nostalgia got the better of me and I decided I had to go old school. Therefore his arguably most famous track “Fly Away” of “5” was ultimately the pick. The groovy, raunchy guitar tone paired with the otherwise so slick arrangement of the song create this seemingly boundless space for one to just… fly away.