“Grazing In the Grass” – Hugh Masekela
Fall is in full swing, and for the most part I’m fine with it. I enjoy fall, and I tend to fully embrace pumpkin beer and bread, (read this to better understand my thoughts on this matter), Monday holidays, and the changing leaves.
But today, sunny skies and a high of almost 70 degrees left me nostalgic of summer, and I can’t help but waywardly ignore the fact that the days of grazing in the grass will soon be replaced by days of slogging through the slush.
Today’s cut is an absolute gem that conveys sunny days, happiness, and the lackadaisical groove that is just so hard to find when the sky gets grey and the temperature drops in the city of Boston.
Hugh Masekela, born in 1939 and still killin’ it, is a South African renaissance musician; trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and signer. He’s also the father of Sal Masekela—the inveterate voice behind the X-Games and many other extreme sports competitions. He took up piano and voice at a young age, and started playing trumpet at age 14 after seeing Kirk Douglas play an American jazz trumpeter in Young Man With a Horn. He mastered it pretty fast.
Throughout his career he’s closely reflected his life experiences, expressing the agony and frustration of 1950s and 60s South African apartheid, as well as the joy and pride of his country.
From beginning to end, Grazing in the Grass is probably the happiest and most perfect amalgamation of sounds I have ever heard. Several minutes of pure bliss.
Enjoy, and share it with your friends. I’m sure they will appreciate it!