Saturday, April 29, 2006
...is huge over the water in Scotland, Ireland and the U.K. and is now seeping into the U.S.A.'s music world. I heard some of her music being used as background for U.S. TV's "Desperate Housewives". (How big can you get?) So I suppose her music isn't a secret anymore.
I awoke one Saturday morning to a Scott Simon interview with her that made me run out and buy her collection of songs ("Eye to the Telescope"); the first music I've bought in I don't know how many years.
Her radio performance knocked me out, but also her presence, background, musical techniques, all of it; the whole package.
I've just been watching some of her videos on the internet and have to say I'm sorry so many music videos have been homogenized into pap. When MTV first started, the videos were exciting and creative and fabulous. Now: pap or soft porn. Or maybe I'm talking out of my (ahem) hat--I haven't watched MTV for years.
BUT I do recommend watching her "Under the Weather" and "Suddenly I See" videos. They are fun.
Like in films, books, and everything else, I guess we have to hunt for the good stuff.
I need to be patient
And I need to be brave
I need to discover how I need to behave
And I'll find out the questions when I know what to ask.
But I speak a different language
And everybody's talking too fast.
(From "Miniature Disasters; Minor Catastrophes")