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Can’t Stand Still

Jon Batiste

Sometimes when things get really tough, the fates send a messenger like Jon Batiste to remind us that the world’s full of light. Maybe you know him as the leader of Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. New Orleans, however, has known him since he was eight, when (like the kids on bucket-percussion who kick off this irresistible video), he picked up a pair of sticks and started performing. Lucky for us he’s never stopped. 

Batiste’s message here is simple and universal: “Free to live (how I wanna live)/I’m gonna get (what I’m gonna get) Cause it’s my freedom.” But the delivery, the passion, and the joy lift this number up into regions sublime. That and the El Dorado, of course. 

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