Friday is for favorite lyrics. Now you know.
Artist: Amelia Curran
Song: The Mistress
“I don’t come with no disclaimer I’m like everybody else
we keep our demons on the burner and our morals on the shelf”
There are a lot of words in this song, and Ms. Curran can certainly turn a phrase. I’m a fan.
Check out Amelia Curran’s repretoire on CBC Radio3
Or watch a live performance:
In the Dead of Winter is a Halifax music festival that was created by Heather Gibson with local musicians Jill Barber, Rose Cousins, Jenn Grant, and Amelia Curran. The festival will bring a jolt of life and energy to the otherwise dark and chilly end of January.
The headliner this year is Grammy award-winning Shawn Colvin. If you don’t know who she is, here’s a quick refresher.
Yeah, you know that song.
The music starts tonight (with Don Brownrigg opening for Shawn Colvin at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium) and runs through Saturday with shows all over the city. Tickets range from $10 to $32.50.
The line-up is pretty fantastic. Some of the artists you can look forward to seeing include:
- Martha Wainwright
- Steven Bowers
- Kev Corbett
- Lennie Gallant
… and many, many more. Go check it out!
Aside: Wikipedia tells me that Shawn Colvin is in fact 56 years old. Wow. I hope I look that good when I’m 56.
So not every single post is going to be about east coast music. Maybe like a 70/30 split. Sometimes I might feel inclined to write about other things… so here are some musing that fit into that “other 30%” bracket.
At first I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about. When I googled Lana Del Rey, my initial impression was that she must be a singer from the 50’s or 60’s I just hadn’t heard of. (If this makes no sense to you, do a google image search for her and things should click). Then I went to YouTube and saw what was going on there. With millions of hits on her songs Video Games, Born to Die, and Blue Jeans (which sounds a LOT like Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game), Lana Del Rey seems like the next big thing from the internet… the latest in Bieber-esque success stories. She’s pretty, she’s young, and her voice is unique and not what you would expect to come out of her body. For the purposes of first impressions, she seemed cool. Then she showed up on SNL, possibly under the influence of something, but most definitely nervous (as I can only assume is fairly normal for most artists performing on a show of that nature). It wasn’t the absolute worst performance of all time. You could tell she was really singing and not lip-syncing or auto-tuned, but it certainly wasn’t an A+ delivery of the song. She was subsequently dragged through the mud by the critics, and I don’t know if we’ve heard much from her since.
Based on this whole to-do, my interest in her was once again piqued. I like the song Video Games, and I really like Born to Die (although I don’t love the video). But who exactly is this young lady who came out of nowhere and made such a name for herself? My googling re-commenced.
So as it turns out, Lana Del Rey is actually Lizzie Grant. She released an album under her previous name which didn’t do so well. So she had an image makeover (and perhaps a facial injectable or two) and TA-DA! Nancy Sinatra look-alike and internet phenom Lana Del Rey was born.
And I still can’t decide how this sits with me. Does she have a talent? I would say yes. Is she manufactured? I would also say yes. But I don’t feel that just because an artist has a management team who “put them together”, that should really make them any less enjoyable. I’ve got a lot of love for Lady Gaga, and she too created an alternate persona for herself, and then became wildly successful. Still… my gut instinct is to favor the artist who “does it themselves”. One who writes their own songs, one who can play an instrument, one who is perhaps more authentic. But who knows, Lizzie/Lana is still relatively young. Maybe she’s just finding herself. We shall see. For now I’m a fan of the songs, but I’m withholding judgment on whether or not I’m a fan of the artist.
Are you more inclined to listen to Marshall Mathers than Matt Mays? More into LMFAO than I-FS? Fair enough. No judgement here – listen to what makes you happy! But when you need a break from your standard rotation, take a spin through these tunes by some local boys and girls (if they’re not on your playlist already). In no particular order, here are some of my top east coast tunes.
7. Joel Plaskett – Fashionable People, Questionable Things – one of the catchiest Plaskett tunes (that also doubles as the name of a fabulous local blog).
6. Jenn Grant – Getcha Good – This fun song makes me wish that I too could break into a spontaneous dance routine with a crowd of joyful friends and strangers in Halifax’s colorful north end.
5. Ria Mae – Under Your Skin – The title track off of Ria Mae’s recent release – video featuring the streets of Halifax at night.
4. In-Flight Safety – Surround – From 2007, this one is a little bit of an oldie, but definitely a goodie!
3. Steven Bowers – Boy Who Lost an Eye – Bowers has a new album, but this song from his 2008 release ‘Homing’ is one of my favorites.
2. Rich Aucoin – Brian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E – This song (and the rest of the album) is joyous and infectious. Just accept that you will be dancing when these beats hit your ears.
1. Kathleen Edwards – Change the Sheets – Edwards was just on David Letterman performing this song and she was awesome.
* Edit – As a clever reader pointed out, Kathleen Edwards is actually from Ottawa. But she’s got some east coast connections, as she’s lent her vocal abilities to Matt Mays & El Torpedo and collaborated with lots of other East Coast musicians. So I’m keeping her on the list.
They say write about what you know. If I said I know a hell of a lot about music, well… I’d be lying. But I know what I like and I know what I think sounds good. So I’m going to take that and go from there. Specifically, I want to know more about music on the east coast. I want to know about the artists, I want to know about the song-writing, I want to know about the shows. And when I learn about all that good stuff, I plan on writing it down.
To get things started, here’s an old review of Rich Aucoin’s HPX show. Stay tuned for more.