Here is the latest cornucopia of songs I’ve been enjoying lately, in no particular order.
KT Turnstall – Hold On Wonderful jazzy voice, very catchy song, and thoughtful lyrics. She said in an interview (paraphrasing) it was a nod to Bob Marley’s work.
Alicia Keys – No One I can’t decide which I like more in this song, the potent vocalizations, or the most excellent keyboards. (I especially like the synthesizer riff that starts after about 35 seconds, and I love the music box piano melody. Love the classical influences using the funky synthesizer also.) This song has a delicious swing to it, as well.
La Lupe – El Carbonero and La Salve Plena I saw a PBS special about her life and work. She was a fascinating performer, and I don’t understand how some people could say she couldn’t sing. She practiced Santeria for much of her life, and watching some of her performances you really wonder if she wasn’t in a trance and being moved by a Saint at times. (I can understand enough Spanish to get a bit of the gist of the second song, and the PBS special played the first song with subtitles.)
Regina Spektor – Better I’d heard and enjoyed this song some time ago, when I first discovered Regina Spektor’s whimsy. This video is new. (ETA: I love her dress in this.) One of the things I like about Regina Spektor’s videos is, you find yourself watching them again to catch the nuances, and pondering just what it all means. That’s art.
Leann Rimes – What I Cannot Change I love the cello in this. This is a nice ballad. Her style has matured a lot, she evokes emotion well.
A song by an artist who goes by the name of Buddy has caught my ear. For now, you can hear it on his MySpace page, Say A Lot. I like the way he plays the guitar, and the song is wistful.
Finally, Beethoven’s Symphony #3, Eroica has been pleasantly playing for me at times, due to it’s mention in the flashgame Beethoven’s Hair.