I know, how lame is that. Can’t help myself. I’m working on stuff I’ve put off a lot–stuff that doesn’t require me to engage my whole brain. And so I’m playing the three new-to-me songs that I got from listening to NPR on my hour-long one-way commute. One is Jeff Buckley, who sings that haunting Hallelujah you will have heard if you have watched Shrek and/or the West Wing. It’s beautiful–the kind of song that, when heard directly in your ears, makes you think that there is a God and this is exactly the kind of music s/he wants made. I heard a story about the 10th anniversary of Buckley’s death (two, in fact) on NPR and I knew that I had to download his songs as soon as I could. I just did the one for now, but I see an entire library going on my new best friend any second now. Wish I had known about him while he lived. Wish he lived long enough to keep singing. What a voice!
The other artists I learned about through NPR is the group Pink Martini and their new CD Hey Eugene. Go to their website and you will see this quote: “Pink Martini are on a mission to bring back romance and beauty.” – The London Telegraph. This sums it up–mostly. They are also a lot of fun. So, all you hipsters out there are probably all aware of all this “new” stuff, but I got to say: Thanks NPR. You’ve brought romance, beauty, and a really danceable song straight into my ears. Woo-hoo!