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A soul-rending voice

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Allison Crowe is a Canadian singer and pianist, and if you listen to any of the songs on this album, you will quickly see that her voice and her musicality are amazing. Yes, she tends toward the very depressing, so you have to be in the right mood to listen to her, but that only means that her talent is all the more affecting.

At this point, I still haven’t listened to the lyrics closely, but that doesn’t really matter to me at the moment. There are three songs in particular that clutch at my heart — “Northern Lights”, “Little Light”, and “Disease”, which is a live performance and just stunning, a sledgehammer of emotion.

“Disease” is supposed to be some sort of social commentary, and its the song whose lyrics I’ve paid the least attention to, in part because of that. But listen to that piano. Listen to the tones of Miss Crowe’s voice. Whatever political agenda she brings to this song, she also brings ten tons of soul-ache, which makes up for whatever agenda the song might have.

Again, this is Jamendo, so the download is free. And as usual, I recommend the OGG Vorbis files over the MP3. I’ve listened to both, and the Ogg files are just a bit sharper. Miss Crowe is one of Jamendo’s biggest artists, so all her albums are well seeded in BitTorrents.

A soul-rending voice

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Allison Crowe is a Canadian singer and pianist, and if you listen to any of the songs on this album, you will quickly see that her voice and her musicality are amazing. Yes, she tends toward the very depressing, so you have to be in the right mood to listen to her, but that only means that her talent is all the more affecting.

At this point, I still haven’t listened to the lyrics closely, but that doesn’t really matter to me at the moment. There are three songs in particular that clutch at my heart — “Northern Lights”, “Little Light”, and “Disease”, which is a live performance and just stunning, a sledgehammer of emotion.

“Disease” is supposed to be some sort of social commentary, and its the song whose lyrics I’ve paid the least attention to, in part because of that. But listen to that piano. Listen to the tones of Miss Crowe’s voice. Whatever political agenda she brings to this song, she also brings ten tons of soul-ache, which makes up for whatever agenda the song might have.

Again, this is Jamendo, so the download is free. And as usual, I recommend the OGG Vorbis files over the MP3. I’ve listened to both, and the Ogg files are just a bit sharper. Miss Crowe is one of Jamendo’s biggest artists, so all her albums are well seeded in BitTorrents.

The Happy Cat Hit Parade

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[audio:http://blog.ianhamet.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/hoagy-carmichael-20-the-old-music-master.mp3%5D

— “The Old Music Master”, Hoagy Carmichael

Not much to say about this one, it’s just fun.

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8 April 2009 at 8:47 pm

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Dancing when the day breaks

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[audio:http://blog.ianhamet.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/hoagy-carmichael-19-old-man-harlem.mp3%5D

— “Old Man Harlem”, Hoagy Carmichael

And he provides his own backup, too, which is very cool when he does it.

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7 April 2009 at 8:50 pm

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Mm-hmm, I called him “Pop”

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[audio:http://blog.ianhamet.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/hoagy-carmichael-13-two-sleepy-people.mp3%5D

— “Two Sleepy People”, Hoagy Carmichael & unknown female vocalist, lyrics by Frank Loesser

Man, I love Hoagy Carmichael. I mean, not only did he write excellent melodies (he only did a few lyrics, early in his career; most lyrics to his songs are by others), but he was an interesting onscreen presence in movies, and he had a hell of an interesting voice. You’re going to hear a lot of his voice this week, starting with this utterly charming love song that made its debut in a Bob Hope movie.

Can you imagine something this simple, sincere, and well-observed in an Adam Sandler movie? Or Seth Rogen? Me neither.

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6 April 2009 at 5:36 pm

“Now don’t stop and shout to me”

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[audio:http://www.archive.org/download/1930s-ArtieShaw-41-50/ArtieShaw-ItAintRight1936.mp3%5D

— “It Ain’t Right”, Artie Shaw (vocalist unknown)

Courtesy of Archive.org.

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3 April 2009 at 7:49 am

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And tell me you’re willin’

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[audio:http://www.archive.org/download/1930s-ArtieShaw-81-90/ArtieShaw-Rosalie.mp3%5D

“Rosalie”, Artie Shaw (vocalist unknown)

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2 April 2009 at 8:19 am

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And tell me you’re willin’

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[audio:http://www.archive.org/download/1930s-ArtieShaw-81-90/ArtieShaw-Rosalie.mp3%5D

“Rosalie”, Artie Shaw (vocalist unknown)

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2 April 2009 at 8:19 am

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As you’ve never heard them before

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[audio:http://www.archive.org/download/1930s-ArtieShaw-41-50/ArtieShaw-IntroductionByAdolfHitlerBeginTheBeguineprimeMinisterNevilleChamberlan.mp3%5D

— “Begin the Beguine”, “Remember Pearl Harbor” and “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition”, by Artie Shaw, with help from Adolph Hitler, Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, and FDR.

Despite the date, none of that is a joke. Just listen.

Courtesy of Archive.org.

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1 April 2009 at 8:00 am

A swinging concerto

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[audio:http://www.archive.org/download/1930s-ArtieShaw-11-20/ArtieShaw-ConcertoForClarinet.mp3%5D

— “Concerto for Clarinet”, Artie Shaw.

I was going to do a Ray Charles weak, but I’m too lazy to convert the files to mp3 right now, so I’m sticking with good old Artie for the moment. Which is okay, because Artie is awesome.

Courtesy of Archive.org.

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31 March 2009 at 7:35 am

Mucho de Nada

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[audio:http://www.archive.org/download/1930s-ArtieShaw-51-60/ArtieShaw-MuchoDeNada.mp3%5D

— “Mucho de Nada” by Artie Shaw

This kicks ass, even by Artie Shaw standards.

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30 March 2009 at 8:35 am

Misguided Angel

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[audio:http://www.archive.org/download/cj2003-10-11.flacf/cj2003-10-11d1t04_vbr.mp3%5D

— “Misguided Angel”, Cowboy Junkies, live, 11 October 2003

Courtesy of Archive.org.

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24 March 2009 at 8:29 am

A little something by Joe Green

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[audio:http://www.liberliber.it/audioteca/v/verdi/aida/rai/verdi_aida_07_su_del_nilo_al_sa.mp3%5D

“Su! Del Nilo al sacro lido”, from Aida, by Giuseppe Verdi.

Courtesy of Liber Liber, where you can download over a gigabyte and a half’s worth of Verdi’s operas(!).

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20 March 2009 at 7:34 am

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Round and round again

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[audio:http://www.archive.org/download/TommyDorsey_492/TommyDorsey-TheMusicGoesRoundAndAround.mp3%5D

“The Music Goes Round And Around”, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

This song is pure fun, no matter who does it.

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18 March 2009 at 9:07 am

Lucky

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[audio:http://www.archive.org/download/Cracker2005-12-01/Cracker2005-12-01d1t01_vbr.mp3%5D

“Lucky”, Cracker, live acoustic show

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16 March 2009 at 8:31 pm