Can I love the world and hate how it makes me feel?
I truly don’t know how to accurately describe the beauty this song conveys both in lyrics and visuals. It’s so chill, but filled with so much emotion. As a black man in America, Son Little (Aaron Livingston) is speaking directly to the issues that are constantly swirling and striking.
Hearing what happened to Michael Brown in Ferguson, and Eric Garner in New York, Little felt compelled to write a song speaking to the pain he feels at the hands of others.
He took inspiration from Marvin Gaye’s song, “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler),” according to The New Yorker, and extended the conversation through to a more intimate approach.
The video is mixed with stunning images of caged wolves and a sleeping Son Little. The song is a beautiful blend of vintage soul and a modern, lamenting consciousness.
Better known for his song, “The River,” Son Little is in the midst of his first headlining tour, hitting cities and villes such as Boston, Nashville and Chicago. Little may still be unfamiliar for many listeners, but he’s established himself at festivals like SXSW and with artists like The Roots.
Having lived in Los Angeles, New York and most recently, Philadelphia, Little is a man filled with awareness of the world around him, and he has a talent for presenting that to the audience in a way that’s truthful, but still palatable.