"I know you're at home right now, in your draws, listening to some Jesus music. It's OK. Jesus loves you in your draws!"
Kirk Franklin is 100 percent right about the vibes right now, and, as he said, it's OK! The gospel musician took us to church early Thursday morning with his debut on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series — and we mean that in the best way possible. If you were ever a Black choir kid in your youth, you're about to be hit by a welcoming wave of nostalgia! The famed choir director set up his three-person band and six-person choir in an Arlington, TX, studio named Uncle Jessie's Kitchen after a long-time close friend and filled the air with the familiar notes of some of his greatest hits. You don't have to tell me that you instantly started snapping your fingers after that first "Whoa!" of the joyous "Love Theory," I know you did. And I don't need to see you to know that you were throwing out jazz hands and bopping along to the chorus of "I Smile." I know you were.
Regardless of your faith, there's nothing like a Kirk Franklin song to get you feeling elated, exuberant, another E-word, and ready to take on the world smiling brighter than you were before you heard the first strains. There's a reason the man is known for revolutionizing gospel over his nearly 30-year career! And there's a reason every Black choir kid remembers at least three of his songs by heart. Watch the performance above and let that restorative energy wash over you, soothing your soul. And just smile.