I am a fan of Natalie Merchant's voice and her habit of bringing deserving, but obscure works, to life. Imagine how happy I was to find her singing songs from her 2010 effort, "Leave Your Sleep" on TED. The CD is a collection of songs created from forgotten poems. As always, her voice is wonderful.
If you don't know about TED, you are really missing out. Visit www.ted.com and you will be amazed by the incredible ciollections of speaches, talks, and performances.
On a side note, I once saw Natalie open for Sting in Atlanta, Georgia. While I do remember the concert very well, I also remember that the concert market the first time that I ever talked on a borrowed cell phone. Who did I call? Jodi of course. I had to tell her how incredible the concert was.
Do you remember the first time you spoke on a cell phone? For many of you, you might have grown up with them. For old folks like us, their introduction was like magic.
Another from this weekend's outing. I always wished that I had a musical talent that went beyond singing in the shower. Alas, I can barely hold a tune... A trait that lies deeply in my family DNA. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to pick up or sit down with an instrument and make music?
Music is an important part of my life. I like to think that I walk around with a soundtrack in my head. Often, a particular song can mark a time in my life. When I hear it, I am instantly transported to my memories.
What kind of musical talents do you have? How do you use them?
This weekend, I had the opportunity to see this wonderful 19th century pipe organ in action. I was actually there to listen to a lecture on the restoration of the church's stained glass windows, when the organist started playing. It was all too easy to sit back and imagine the church full of worship peers all decked out in their period attire.
Don't you hate it when the man with the least amount of rhythm on earth still has more rhythm than you? And, since when did David Byrne get so old looking? Still, got to give it to him. He and St. Vincent sound great together and of course his videos are always on the quirky side of the curve.
To me, perhaps even more than my camera, music is an important part of my life. In our home, in the car, and even in my office, I have music plaing all the time. Here are a few songs that have been buzzing in my ears this week:
I have always been and will always be a folkie. This week, the new wave of talented folk artists have had my attention. One band from the UK, one from Iceland, and one from the Goold Ole U. S. of A..
It has been a good week, indeed.
A young woman named Kennedy introduced my to this incredible duo about two years ago. Last year, Sweet Mama and I went to see them and had a wonderful night.
Is it my imagination or is Joy williams pregnant? She's still moving pretty amazingly. Actually, sometimes her hand gestures seem a little too much for me and I often find her easier to watch with my eyes closed. that's not to take away from her beauty, I just don't want to be distracted from her wonderful sound.
Here is a bonus for you, another one of my favorites from their first album. See how generous I am to you?
I arrived at the farm this morning to find my friend Debbie practicing her mandolin by the light of the window. What's a photographer to do?
Debbie and her friend Rob have a concert tomorrow night and she was fine tuning her performance. In case you are wondering, she is playing a nineteenth century mandolin. The instrument is gorgeous and in Debbie's hands, it sounds wonderful.
I had the 70-210mm f2.8 mounted on the camera body & had to back up against the wall to get these shots in. Still, I ended up cropping a little closer to make them feel more intimate. I hope you like them.