Quotation of the day ~ Lester Bangs: The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious.
We were talking on the radio a few weeks ago about our favourite female singers. There i go with the radio again. Anyway, i have quite a few, but my immediate answer was Kate Bush. In retrospect, however, i started to think that maybe, just maybe, it is in fact Joan Osborne.
This video is for "Cathedrals," a song from Joan's 2008 album "Little Wild One." (I didn't know until today that a video existed for this.) The song's chorus was the "quotation of the day" on a post a little while ago, it's a highlight of the CD and for reasons unknown it makes me cry. ("It's because you're a wuss" says Cate. Bitch.)
I don't know if the tears well up because of the sentiment, the attempt to find "home" when home no longer exists or never did; or just because her voice is just so damn' beautiful and powerful and emotive.
There are lots of female voices that wreck me: Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf, Judy Collins, Maddy Prior, Dusty Springfield, Kathy Mattea, Agnetha & Frida from ABBA, Sandy Denny Dagmar Krause, Ofra Haza, the list goes on .... But Joan's music breaks my spine.
Here's the playlist since, er, the last playlist:
Billy Talent -- III
Van Halen -- 5150
Dagmar Krause & Marie Goyette -- A Scientific Dream And A French Kiss
Peter Hammill -- Fool's Mate
Tim Renwick -- Privateer
Sky -- Five Live
Kathy Mattea -- Coal