I've been taking a break from movies, comics and books of late. Working on a few projects of my own, but whilst I've been doing this I've been expanding my music tastes. So consider this a list of people its worth checking out. Some you may remember, some you may never have heard of... and some you may be shaking your head at that it took me so long to find, but these are just a few of the people flooding through my speakers.
A while ago my friend had a speakeasy themed party, the music selection was planned to be jazz. Prior to the party I started doing a little digging on some singers. I came across Peggy Lee singing one of her most famous songs... one I had only know from Jessica Rabbit's seductive version in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Peggy Lee singing 'Why Don't You Do Right?' sent a shiver down my spine and I quickly sought out her greatest hits. Personal favorites at the moment include...
'It's a Good Day'
'Hallelujah, I love him so'
There's always a particular anarchist delight to be found in taking something classical and playing with it. However rather than simply taking the violin and playing famous rock songs such as David Garrett (my second favorite violinist after Lindsey) she brings a whole new energy to it. It can be easy to bring a personality out through vocals, its something that is much harder to do with an instrument. If you haven't seen her work yet, check her out. Even if she doesn't end up being your cup of tea its always good to give some attention to people who use their skills in different ways. Current favorites...
'Zi Zi's journey'
'Song of a Caged Bird'
Hunchback of Notre Dame Soundtrack & Prince of Egypt Soundtrack
I decided to group these together since they are both animated kids movies that, in my opinion, are highly underrated. They are not perfect movies, Hunchback in particular suffers from its... *cough* *cough* comedy relief Gargoyles, however I find the soundtracks to be great listens. If you haven't seen them I'd recommend checking them out, the visuals are actually quiet spectacular. Current favorite songs include...
'The Court of Miracles'
'Through Heaven's Eyes'
Nat 'King' Cole
Unlike Peggy Lee, I had heard the name Nat King Cole before I went searching for jazz singers but I'd never really know his work. Nat's voice is... comforting, I know that's not the most exciting way to describe a singer but it's the word I keep coming back to for him. Don't like it? Give him a listen and come up with something better :P
'Send for Me'
'Those lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer'
This one may be familiar to players of the game Fallout New Vegas
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