Alicia Keys Tiny Desk Concert

Ein Gänsehaut Moment jagt den anderen, sie ist einfach zu großartig. Alicia Keys ist mitsamt Band zu Gast beim Tiny Desk Concert. Der Auftritt wurde bereits im Februar 2020 aufgezeichnet, wurde aber erst kürzlich veröffentlicht. Performt werden Show Me Love, Gramercy Park, Underdog und als Zugabe Fallin‘.

Einfach ganz wunderbar.

June 17, 2020 | Abby O’Neill — On a brisk February morning, Alicia Keys, full of effervescence, entered NPR through the loading dock wearing a canary yellow faux fur coat. During our ride to the fourth floor, she joked about how she hadn’t been invited to play at the Tiny Desk. That, of course, wasn’t exactly true. We worked on and off for years to make this moment happen, and I can say wholeheartedly that it was worth the wait.

Alicia Keys has an aura that you can sense the second she enters a room, or in my case, an elevator. She radiates compassion and kindness. This spirit is the key to Keys’s songwriting, which is rooted in introspection and mindfulness.

As she approached her piano, a bit surprised at the amount of people in the room, she smiled and remarked over her shoulder, „Gee, the Tiny Desk is tiny!“ She kicked off the set with an uncanny ode to combat the darkness of this moment in American history: „Show Me Love,“ a single she released in 2019. No one could have predicted then how much her lyrics and musical healing would be crucial during this emotionally fraught time of unprecedented political and racial unrest, heightened by three months of quarantine due to a global pandemic.

The stand-out moment during her Tiny Desk was the premiere of „Gramercy Park“, a song from her upcoming self-titled album, ALICIA, which is set to be released this fall. It’s one of those timeless songs that will transcend radio formats and genres, with lyrics that address how utter selflessness and worrying about making everyone happy but yourself can throw your own center askew. The song’s spiritual refrain is sure to be a sing-along moment for the rest of Keys’s career.