Friday, April 25, 2008

Indiana Wants Me...

Does anybody else remember that all-together forgettable song? Ah, well. Some things stick. Its not always good.

But as I'm heading to Indy for a whirlwind of family fun, celebrating Cousin Donna's SHHHHH! birthday, I thought I'd leave off with some new music I think will keep me happy on the airplane. Please meet Serena Ryder (if you've not already).

A Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist, she won the 2008 Juno for New Artist of the Year. I recently bought her 2006 release "If Your Memory Serves You Well" after hearing just a couple clips on her promotional website. The recording is largely a tribute to great songs written by Canadian artists. She KILLS me; her voice is huge and powerful, or small and evocative... back to back tracks remind me of Melissa Etheridge and then Rickie Lee Jones and then downright Amy Winehouse-ish. Tough to categorize by genre, too; she just seems to have ears that are wide open for a good song and the knack of shaking them up in a really pleasing way. I'll be really interested to hear what she does next as its supposed to be heavier on original material.
Check out "This Wheel's on Fire":



kbmulder said...

Oh, you are in Indy? Hope you all are having fun and I'd love to see some pics of the festivities!

Kathy said...

your wish is my command... hope you're well!