Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 6

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve shared musical musings with you all.  In that time, I have seen live shows (Anberlin, Carly Rae Jepsen), I have listened to a few delightful new albums which may be the subject of future reviews (Willow, Thom Yorke, Cassius, Banks), and I have consumed a bit of wine (too many to list here).  There is, though, something I’ve been looking forward to reviewing for some time, and that time has finally come.  The flute playing, booty-shaking phenom that is Lizzo performed in the GREAT CITY OF BALTIMORE (commentary), and I was there.  The hearing loss I sustained from the throngs of screaming adoring fans was worth it…because I got to see Lizzo at a sold out show.

If you’re not familiar with Lizzo, please take the opportunity to listen to a song now before continuing.  Try Truth Hurts.  I’ll wait.

I‘m guessing you liked it, or at least involuntarily bobbed your head or tapped your toes.  It’s just one in a series slamming songs that just makes you feel good.  We’ve all been there, dumped, down, underappreciated.  Her ode to loving yourself, a vibe that permeates her entire new album, is everywhere and deservedly so!  A body positive, mental health advocate that is by no means shy about saying what she feels if the kind of pop star we need right now.

Lizzo and her dancers ripped through the set so quick the show almost seemed short, which is a shame since she has other excellent albums from which to pull songs.  But this tour, and the subsequent add on dates are more like a victory lap around the release of this album, and future headlining gigs will see her expanding into larger venues, larger sets, and larger than life performances.  I implore you if you like dancing, laughing, crying, and singing manically to well-crafted pop/hip-hop/R&B, then see Lizzo as soon as you can.  In the meantime, pick up Cuz I Love You, and practice your twerking.  As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the music and the wine.

For Lizzo, I recommend the Menhir Albanegra from Puglia.  It’s big.  It’s dark.  It’s juicy.  And it’s sexy as hell.

“I found my soulmate y’all, it’s me.”