Do you realise it’s now five months since I started this journal?
Thomas, I just noticed that you’re listening to Diane Krall. I used to be a pianist, but (for various boring reasons) gave it up – I also used to sing jazz – so I’ve seen things from both perspectives. One night my husband was watching BBC 4 and he shouted “you’d better come and see this woman!!” (or words to that effect). Well. Canada. You have given us Celine Dione and Bryan Adams. and Gordon Lightfoot (ha! bet you’ve never heard of him!). But. You have also given us Joni Mitchell (i used to do impressions of her before karaoke was invented) and now the sublime Diane. She does not have the most melliflous tones. She does not have the creamy potency of some vocalists. what she is, is music. I listened to her doing those old Cole Porter standards, and it was as if they had only just been written. I forgot about Ella and the rest. I have rarely seen an example of such musicality. and she looks good too.
Re: Diane Krall
I’d never heard of Diana Krall until this last Christmas, when my brother had the DVD version of my “currently” CD as a present. I was sitting in the lounge set up at the end of the sofa with David Attenborough’s Life on Air on one knew, some nuts and chocolate not far from reach, the album of American photos (from when I was 5), my Mum’s laptop and the new slide/negative scanner in front of me, the DVD of Diana Krall on the tv in the corner. So I was listening, scanning and reading all at the same time. I really liked what I was hearing, and popped out to Salisbury on New Years Eve to spend a little bit of extra christmas money on the CD.
I’ve since got the Nora Jones Come Away with Me, which I bought and enjoyed the meerest fraction of time before she won the grammy and became the latest big thing!
(wow – all of this seems so recent, and yet it is life before livejournal – what a strange (and wonderful) year this has been so far…)
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