Groove Park is Oren Levine‘s evolving collection of collaborative recordings of his original songs that combine his jazz background with a wide range of other styles and vibes.
For Oren, Groove Park is an opportunity to expand beyond his jazz comfort zone, stretching out as a songwriter and producer sharing ideas and experiences with artistic collaborators.
“Bend Don’t Break” is the second Groove Park release, following “Island In the Sea” in March, another Caribbean-inspired song about escaping with the one you love to a tropical paradise.
This song reflects the diversity of musical cultures on St. Croix and the rest of the US Virgin Islands, and so doesn’t fit easily in one genre.
The lyrics by Oren Levine (from Washington, DC) tell an inspiring story about learning tolerance and resilience from the palm trees of St. Croix.
The rhythm created by Khadijo and his trio (from St. Croix) is a uniquely Caribbean blend of merengue, soca, and other regional styles.