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Your Moment of Zen: James Vincent McMorrow’s “Higher Love”

I love covers that take a beloved song and present to you aspects of it that you hadn’t otherwise considered. While Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” is a classic, it’s also bombastic, loud, heavily instrumented, and in your face. Very 1980s.

James Vincent McMorrow’s “Higher Love” is so quiet and pleading — just a piano and a single voice, asking for something beyond what we can see in this world. I listen to this version when I need to center myself. I hope you enjoy it too.