We’re big fans of media making meaning out of life. That is, we prefer deeper analyses of our human and cosmic condition than the typically impulse-driven, “I wanna sex you up”-type of advertising and entertainment. To that end, the great pianist Robert Glasper and inimitable soul-singer Bilal teamed up to produce a breathtaking version of the latter’s song, All Matter.
Note that Bilal’s treatment of the question “What is love?” leads not to the request “Baby don’t hurt me,” but rather to the assertion that love is, in fact, all matter (i.e., the entire material universe). And, to boot, you ain’t even gotta try—all you gotta do is realize. Amen.
Watch this user-generated video interpretation:
With lyrics like “One great big small thing/Like humming in the spring breeze/A speck of dust in this vast universe/Just like a raindrop,” it’s clear that Bilal’s on to something…cosmic. One might even call him an Evolutionary.
(Editor’s note: I didn’t speak much about Glasper in this post, but as a fellow jazz pianist, I feel it’s my duty to say: check him out, listen to his latest album, Black Radio, and recognize the innovation. Okay. I said it. Guilt assuaged.)