Touch the Sky

Black Pumas is a psychedelic soul music group I featured in January after hearing their song “Colors” earlier that month on The Morning Show with John Richards on KEXP Seattle (which, by the way, I have not listened to very much lately).

I updated that post a couple of days later after serendipitously hearing the same song played at a concert celebrating the US presidential inauguration. If you haven’t heard it yet, I invite you to head over there after finishing this post and song.

This past weekend, I had a strong desire to listen to the song when driving to a family gathering, though when I requested it, Apple Siri/Carplay played the (shorter) album version. The live recording studio version, at nearly double the length, is much better.

After “Colors,” Siri played some similar songs, and one of them was “Touch the Sky,” also by Black Pumas’ and from the same album, their 2019 debut, self-titled release. The collection has since been re-issued as an expanded, deluxe version (three discs instead of the original one).

When hearing “Touch the Sky,” my sweety and I were really taken by the long and intricate acoustic guitar riff that forms the central part of the piece, surrounded at times by a rich horn section and later, a short but ripping electric guitar solo. While brilliantly instrumented, I don’t think the song carries the power and depth of “Colors.” However, it does show the diversity of talent in the duo of singer/guitarist Eric Burton and guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada and their backing band, and is definitely worth a listen.

This morning I woke up well before dawn. I decided to go for a walk and then shovel the light, fresh snow from last night since the temperature was mild and a lot of last week’s uneven ice on the sidewalks and car parking area had softened. The sky was uniformly dull, though it was not so dark due to light reflected from heavy cloud cover. The clouds seemed almost low enough to touch in the quiet of the early morning, and it was a good time for a slow, contemplative walk with only the occasional car’s spray interrupting the silence.

Now you know a little about why this is My Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the official audio from the Black Pumas’ YouTube channel:

Full, unofficial lyrics are available courtesy of AZLyrics.com.

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