Leslie Odom Jr. was barely on tour when he needed to begin suspending dates resulting from coronavirus considerations.
The Tony-winning actor and singer, who grew to become a star taking part in Aaron Burr in Hamilton, launched his first album of unique music, Mr, late final 12 months. He was trying ahead to performing these songs, alongside together with his self-titled debut, which featured jazz requirements and picks from musical theater, on his Strong Magic Tour. It can be the continuation of a fast ascension that additionally discovered him performing in films like Murder on the Orient Express and Harriet. But now he’s discovered himself at house with loads of time on his fingers.
“It’s been almost four years straight of barely being at home — I’ve been ‘grinding,’” he tells Rolling Stone through electronic mail of how he’s utilizing his break day. “So now I’m taking the time to read to my kid, getting better at ‘make believe’ each day — even as a professional, my daughter’s improv skills put me to shame — and taking walks around the neighborhood with my wife. We’ve been having family dinners each night.”
Odom has additionally been having fun with the time to get pleasure from studying and listening to music. “There’s always a list of incredible unread fiction for me,” he says. “I’ve only read three of the great Toni Morrison’s novels. In her honor and for my enjoyment, I am making my way through all the rest.” As for his musical tastes, he says he’s been turning to what he calls “music with meaning.” “I’m drawn to the soulful stuff — the stuff scratching at those ageless and universal truths,” he says. “I’ve been listening to a fair amount of Jay Z, as well as Big Maybelle, Bill Withers, and Moses Sumney. We could be here awhile, so we’ll see how deep in the crates this all takes all of us.”
Despite the uncertainty of the present scenario, he hopes the world will get stronger due to it. “Adversity is a teacher,” he says. “Let’s try to learn the lesson(s) well and quickly if we can. A little kindness goes a long way right now.”