Every once in a while, I fall so deeply in love with something that I have to share it with everyone & Trombone Shorty’s Parking Lot Symphony album is my latest love affair.
I was born in Louisiana, so I have a soft spot for New Orleans Jazz & Lord knows, I sure love the blues. But, I also love R&B (specifically 90’s R&B) and love anything that makes feet move, my hips sway & my heart feel.
I came across Parking Lot Symphony on Amazon Prime’s New Releases about a month ago & I keep thinking I’ll tire of it, but I don’t. My love for this album keeps growing. Below I’m highlighting a few of my favorites, but I’m Really Into every song on this album.
‘It Ain’t No Use’ definitely has some Robert Cray blues vibe to me. This is a brilliant cover of The Meters & I’m always a sucker for a man who is so in love with a woman that he’s just giving up & giving in to her. This song has a bit of a melancholy feel that the blues always gives me, but when that instrumental chorus hits, it’s just so smooth.
You got me where you want me/ I’m shackled to your love
‘Familiar’ has such a 90’s R&B feel to me & I feel like Usher would kill for this song. There’s a girl he’s feeling & he can’t remember how or where he met her. She’s got a ring on, but she’s kind of checking him out, so he’s thinking he might go for it. It’s got this sexy vibe & I can’t get enough of it.
Dancin’ ain’t really cheatin’/ Unless we’re doin’ it every weekend/ Tell your man to come through, yeah/ I’ll show him how to dance with you, yeah
‘Tripped Out Slim’ is a full instrumental & it’s amazing. It’s the best summer song I’ve heard this year & a staple for parties. It’s got this unstoppable funky beat & it’s so much fun. Seriously, try to listen to this song without bobbing tour head or shakin’ your tail- I dare you.
‘Dirty Water’ is definitely one of my favorites on this album. It hits that old school R&B feel head on & it’s about redemption, love & hope. It’s a feel good song & who doesn’t love that?
If you take me down, I’ve got one more round/ Give me the dirty water I can wash my hands/ To every face in the crowd/ before the light goes out I hope the love gets through to you.
‘Here Come the Girls’ is a crowd pleaser for sure. The drum beat hits at the start & you’re just hooked from there. It’s a cover of fellow New Orleans musician, Ernie K-Doe. A song with a man showing some love & appreciation for beautiful women is usually a hit with me. No doubt when he is on tour this summer, this song will be so amazing live. It’s got a catchy chorus with a good beat- perfection!
Look out, blood, let me get further, little closer to the one I love/ Anything better than the opposite sex, they must-a kept it up above.
Oh my gosh, y’all! As if I wasn’t Really Into Trombone Shorty already, he also has a self-titled children’s book that chronicles his early beginnings with New Orleans Jazz. There’s a picture of him as a toddler with none other than Bo Diddley. It’s Really well done & he also has a scholarship set up to help ensure the continued tradition of New Orleans Jazz. Be still, my heart.
We are planning on seeing Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue when they come to Portland this summer. I can’t wait. I’ve got no doubt the live show will be so much fun. What albums are y’all Really Into right now? What are some of your favorite summer songs so far?