Ok, I have a new hero. I’m listening to Nellie McKay from On Point from last week. She sings retro-sounding music ranging from 1920’s to the 1950’s, but sings fairly interesting activist charged topics. In her song Mother of Pearl she sings things like “Feminist’s don’t have a sense of humor… they have a tumor on their funny bone.” She sounds so mellow and whimsical and almost vaudeville, but then you listen to the words…
and I just laugh endlessly.
Also, she’s sounds so rewardingly unassuming.
I listen to music for one of two reasons, either i really like the sound of it, or i really like what it’s trying to get at. This stuff is definitely a share between the two, though of late I’ve been going more with the sound motivation. Why? In many ways I am tired of the effort it takes to find music that i find motivational that doesn’t sound like crap. Yes, I said crap. I want technically interesting compositions. Tall order? I suppose, but it’s my ears we’re talking about, and i will listen to pretty much any genre (though yes, I kinda avoid country).