The Waking

Meet My Love:  The Waking from the album Nightmoves, Concord Records, 2007 Performed in Jools, Holland Kurt Elling , vocalist  //  Rob Amster, acoustic bass

How We Met: I discovered Kurt Elling through my soul sister, Kellie.  Thank you dearheart!

Getting to Know You: Kurt Elling is well known for his wide repertoire, lush baritone timbre and for being masterful at the art of vocalese; the act of adding text to the improvised solos of jazz artists.  However,  with “The Waking” he also shows off his songwriting versatility by creating and setting a most endearing melody to the text of Theodore Roethke’s 1953 poem (special note:  the collection of poetry which included “The Waking” won Roethke the Pulitzer Prize in 1954).

Endearing Qualities: Elling gracefully demonstrates exactly what the voice is capable of  when used to its fullest potential.  I am often lifted up and out of whatever funk I might find myself in when I listen to this song.  It is executed so well; painfully beautiful.  The bass player must also be mentioned for providing such an incredible foundation of support for Kurt to sail so smoothly, well done Mr. Amster 🙂   Kurt Elling has been given a tremendous gift and I think in his hands, has become a gift to us all.

First Impressions: What do you think?  Post your comments below.

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4 Responses to The Waking

  1. Wesley Triplett says:

    Supper dope I will be looking for him on tommrow! Love finding new artist to listen to. And it’s real music!

  2. Kellie Bledsoe says:

    I agree! Imma go listen right now 😉

  3. Tessa says:

    Lovely, sweet…his voice is beautiful!

  4. Jennie says:

    Thanks for sharing, dear one.

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