Friday, February 26, 2010

Rockwell's Blues

The first and foremost artist gracing my musical listenings, as of late, has been Sylvie Lewis. {Hm, sorry. I've been in the Jane Austen era all afternoon. Apparently the way I speak has been greatly affected. And I suspect it is for the worst...}
*ahem* Yes, well... back to Sylvie Lewis!



When I first heard Sylvie's music I fell in love with everything about it: her vocals, her frequently clever/humorous lyrics, and her cabaret-jazzy feel.

Apparently, Sylvie, at one point, quit music and became a teacher. But a couple years later she was reading a newspaper survey of the worst paid jobs in the U.S. It said the first was "Singer/Songwriter" and the second was "Teacher". She then decided not to settle for second best, and became a musician again. And I am so glad she did!!! ;)


Listen to her song 'Rockwell's Blues' off her first album Tangos and Tantrums:




{And yes, the "Rockwell" mentioned in the title and the lyrics is, indeed, the fabulous Norman Rockwell. How cool is that?}

Monday, February 22, 2010

March Forth

Here is my promised post about last month's "Artist of the Month": KaiserCartel.
KaiserCartel has quickly grown to be one of my favourite artists. A few months ago, I bought their debut album, March Forth which I have been enjoying extensively! Sure, it has a couple of tracks which I don't care for as much, but they're still pleasurable!
I love Courtney Kaiser's clear, lovely vocals. Benjamin Cartel's voice is so pleasant and different from other indie guys who all start sounding the same after a while... it's weird. Anyhow, I digress.
I was going to do an album review of sorts, but I got so distracted listening to it that I didn't want to write about it!
So I made this video with pictures of Benjamin and Courtney put to clips of 5 of my favourite songs off of March Forth.


{I'm a little nervous: I've never posted a video before... and this is not the best video I've ever made. So, here goes nothing! :)}

video


{Read more here about how Benjamin and Courtney met and how KaiserCartel was formed!}

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Hill

I am back! My computer is all fixed!!
Though I did rather enjoy not having a computer... I wrote more, I played the piano more, and I read more. It was very lovely. :)

Oh! Speaking of playing the piano, I learned how to play "The Hill" by Markéta Irglová on the piano! It's also in the movie Once (see this post).



It's so beautiful, I love to play it... and sing along when no one else is home. =D
Listen: {to her playing it, not me. :P}


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

When Your Blackening Shows

My laptop is still not fixed but I thought I'd grab a moment here and post a music video I love,
'When Your Blackening Shows' by Our Broken Garden.
The artistry, and woebegone wistfulness of this video appeal to my innermost soul. :)





I hope you all are having a nicer winter than I am. What is it like to be warm...? I don't remember.... {This song definitely fits my mood right now.}

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Out of commission...

Well, due to my clumsiness (*blush*) my laptop is out of commission for the time being.
Thankfully it can be fixed!
But... I won't have it back until mid-February. So, I won't really be able to update my blog cause all my music is on my laptop.
And I don't know how often I'll be on the computer to comment on blogs either.
Yes... I'm rather vexed and sad.
Such is life.


I didn't get a chance to do a post about the artist of the month last month, KaiserCartel. But, it is coming eventually! Till then I'll post the music video for their song 'Blue Sky'.


Ta-ta for now!