Oren Levine of Groove Park continues to broaden the scope and scale of the project and amplify its multigenre nature through collaborations with other artists; most recently exhibited in “Waiting For My Beach.”
Featuring the talents of Angel Bethea, Joey Bennett, Percy White, Renée Bennett, Sol Roots, and Vicki Golding, in addition to Levine, “Waiting” is the third single released by the project to date. The debut single, “Island In The Sea” in collaboration with Aaron Myers, and “Bend, Don’t Break” featuring Francillia Benjamin on vocals and Khadijo on percussion each respectively maintain a much closer relationship to Levine’s Jazz roots. Meanwhile, “Waiting For My Beach” irrefutably dials into the Country, Americana and Bluegrass heritage contained within the DMV music scene (and beyond of course).
According to Levine, “‘Waiting’ is a beachside country party song with an ironic twist about the threats of climate change.” The wry and whimsical lyrics hint at the rising sea levels threatening to bring the beach right to your front door, an appealing idea in mind of the song’s protagonist. An idea made even more timely with the announcement of the increasing water temperatures around Florida being comparable to a hot tub, according to The Washington Post.
The story is beautifully told through “rich guitar and fiddle backgrounds and honky-tonk piano licks,” and we hope sets a tone that will allow Groove Park to confidently collaboration with even more genres in the future. “Waiting For My Beach” is available now on platforms like YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music.
Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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