Monday, February 14, 2005

Music and Housekeeping
I usually post about the "longings" when they go up and neglected to this time. A bit of explanation is in order. I'm getting two Cat Stevens CDs this month. And I very much dislike that I am because I do not want to put another dime in the pocket of self-styled "Yusuf Islam." I'll support Cat Stevens, I'll support Stephen Demetre Georgiou but I do not want to support the Islamic knucklehead he's become. On the other hand, both albums are extremely good - evidence of a popular musician at his peak of creativity. Dammit.

On the plus side, Jake Armerding is coming to my area! It won't be until June but he's worth the wait. I missed my chance to see him when he was at the Kennedy Center late last year which has bothered me since. But now I get a chance to see him again. Could not be happier. The only thing that would make me happier would be a new disc.

Emm Gryner, on the other hand, does have a new disc out. Here's a descriptive snip:
Recorded mostly in her living room in MontrĂ©al but also in locations as unusual as art galleries and hotel rooms, Songs of Love and Death, Emm’s latest record is a diverse collection of songs by contemporary Irish artists. The album includes songs by Thin Lizzy, The Thrills, The Corrs, Ash, and Gilbert O’Sullivan, amongst others.
Interesting. Her "Girl Versions" was a disc of covers that worked miraculously well (it's difficult to imagine that "Crazy Train" would work as a big piano ballad but damned if it doesn't in her capable hands). So odds are that this one will work too. It will lead next month's "longings" so I'll report on it later.

OK. All the musical dustbunnies have been swept, the bins emptied. I'm done.

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