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Monday, December 04, 2006

Something So Right

Speaking of singer/songwriters . . .


Blogger stewdog said...

Paul Simon. . just brilliant. There were a slew of great singer/songwriters to come out of the 60's and 70's. . Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bonny Raitt, Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, Sting. . . to name a few. . but what about today. . in this over produced corporate junk music world. . a few like Sarah McLaughlin sneak by, but it is a pretty bleak market.

December 05, 2006 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might want to listen to Nickel Creek. Allison Krauss took this talented young trio under her wing several years ago. Fiddle, mandolin and harmony. Steve Wariner is another talented singer/songwriter. Neither are mainstream entities, but they have their followers. Evanescence is along the lines of Sarah McLachlan, though a bit on the "rough around the edges" side.

December 05, 2006 6:06 PM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

Hey, thanks for the recommendations, Anon.

December 05, 2006 9:32 PM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...


I like your list, . . . but Sting?

December 05, 2006 9:34 PM  
Blogger stewdog said...

Absolutely Sting. . Get past his politics. . He is an accomplished musician, surrounds himself with other great artists, and has a way with a song. . writing and performing. I'll lend you my Sting CD's if and when I ever get back my PJ O'Rourke books. Ten Somoners Tales is excellent.
And thanks to Anon for those tips. Always looking for something kind to the ear in a world of broadcast noise.

December 06, 2006 3:08 PM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

I wasn't really thinking of his politics. Actually, I don't really know what they are, though I assume his political voice blends in with with the rest of the echo chamber that is the entertainment industry.

I just can't think of any of Sting's songs that still really appeal to me, the way I can for most of the others you mentioned. But heck, I'm willing to listen to something new. I don't think I've heard Ten Somoners Tales. Does it have something to do with Chaucer?

December 06, 2006 3:40 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Sting is a good songwriter, but I don't think he's the best performer of his own songs. If you've never heard it, listen to the beautiful, pure rendition of "Fields of Gold" by the late Eva Cassidy:

December 06, 2006 11:05 PM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

Jeff, that was gorgeous. And I'd forgotten that song completely. Maybe you guys are right about Sting, but I should just listen to other people sing his songs. Maybe the problem is he's not a great singer.

December 06, 2006 11:32 PM  
Blogger Conservative in Virginia said...

Off topic, but here's a cartoon for you.

December 09, 2006 6:28 PM  

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