I love flying BA, because they have such a great music selection I always end up discovering new things.
I’d read about ’12 Little Spells’ when it came out a year ago, but hadn’t ever listened to Esperanza Spalding’s work.
Each little spell is dedicated to a specific part of the body – conjuring and celebrating its essence.
Here’s a Vanity Fair piece of her talking about the creative process:
“Alchemy and magic are about how mundane, benign, and abundant materials can have an effect that is greater than the sum of their parts. To me, creativity is alchemy.”-Esperanza Spalding, Vanity Fair
As someone working to heal and connect with her body, I found this album so inspiring.
It is playful, complex, catchy, and inventive.
The music is extraordinary – no surprise there. But it was the lyrics that kept pulling me back in.
This is the introduction from the song ’12 Little Spells’ about the thoracic spine:
Twelve little wells of golden ink
Bone bottles stacked mouth to tail
How beautiful is that imagery?
This is the phrase that I kept chewing over from ‘Ways Together’ about shoulders:
I thought the more I carried
The more that life would bring
And it made my life so heavy
I couldn’t give a thing
How many of us have chosen to carry too much? Yet the way this is set is light, hopeful – it’s a song celebrating release and connection that helps with life’s load.
I listened to this album over and over – to the point where they did start to feel like spells, healing and nourishing my body and my sense of myself.
When I got home and googled to learn more, I discovered she also made music videos to accompany each song.
Another realm of magic to explore.