Today’s band of the day, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, was originally molded in Falls Church, Virginia. They are currently based out of San Francisco, California. Thao Nguyen is the star of the group and began playing guitar at the age of twelve. The band has been performing and recording since around 2006, and has had some marginal success. In my opinion they are a band that was five years to early, but in a way, their music has matured into something to be reckoned with, in the Folk Rock arena. Timing can mean everything in life, and it can be everything to musicians as well. I think adding the banjo and steel guitar to their newer songs, adds an element that seemed to be missing from some of their older stuff I was able to listen to. Their new material grabbed my attention. The more I listen to it, the more fulfilling it is. The lyrics speak out, in a very giving tone, and are inspiring if one takes the time, to let them ferment in our minds.
Thao is one beautiful Lady with a heart to match. She is a giver in a world full of takers. She works with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, which is how she met Valerie Bolden who is a prisoner with a life sentence. Thao was so moved by their meeting that it inspired her to write “We the Common.” She has also worked with other groups that help those in need, and I got nothing but great respect for her as a person and an artist.
The first video is “We the Common.” I love how the song starts and kicks it up a notch later. The lyrics are a cut above and from her heart. What more can a listener ask from an artist? The second song “Holy Roller” is a smooth and catchy. The banjo play stands out here as well. The third video “Kindness Be Conceived” has the recently engaged Joanna Newsom sharing vocals with Thao. Congrats to Joanna and Andy Semberg (Saturday Night Live), and good luck. Hopefully, you will beat the odds and succeed, along with the other 40 percent of marriages that last through sickness and health.
Have a blessed day. Fill your hearts with kindness and remember nothing is more important than today.