As I chopped the fresh basil and oregano this morning, I remembered the words of my Italian neighbor as she taught me how to make an authentic red sauce.
She shot to international fame with “Songs in a Minor”, her first studio album, and sold 12 million copies worldwide in 2001. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it as six times Platinum. She was tagged as the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist. She went on to win five awards at the Grammy Awards making her the second female solo artist to win soundtrack lyrics five Grammy Awards in a single night. She won the Song of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best R&B Song for “Fallin”, Best New Artist, and Best R&B Album.
Even though many of the lyrics on her album “Loose” are sexually suggestive, Furtado has repeatedly rejected attempts by outside influences to oversexualize her image. She turned down $500,000 that was offered to her by Playboy to use Nelly Furtado pictures. She refuses to pose in sexy outfits for magazines, and was very upset when a men’s magazine digitally removed portions of her outfit so it appeared more revealing.
“Wade in the Water” sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers is a song that many internet sources and popular books claim to contain explicit instructions to fugitive slaves on how to avoid capture and the route to take to successfully make their way to freedom.
I’m not sure if it were meant to be used by characters in the Narrative, which renders the device defunct in my hands, but since we’re allowing ourselves some liberties reserved for the novice, I’d like to plead “Unreliable Narrator,” and assure that I cover this very contentious issue-Lazoo’s son and the light in which he’s portrayed in GUIOPERA II by “The Guy,” which I might add has something to do with Metofeaz Litigatti, good old Feeaz, the whimsical one, the fall guy; where the hell would I be without that guy, ah?
This recording is a triumph. The text along with the music for the refrain comes from a 16th-century Scandinavian manuscript and the verses were set by Mediaeval Baebe Ruth Galloway. I love this synthesis of vital creativity with reverence for the past.
Pandora: This site acts as your own personalized DJ. You specify an artist or song you like, and it creates a custom radio station, offering songs that are selected based on sophisticated algorithms that take into account the styles of instrumentation and vocals you like.
The one unarguable necessity of any road trip is music. Every movie needs a soundtrack. It sets the mood, it frames the scene, and it eases the passing of the miles. Whether or not you should choose literal road tunes like Born to Run or King of the Road is a matter of personal preference. I invariably take several CD’s by Australian greats The Church. Their dreamy sprawling sound scapes are the perfect compliment to the land as it rolls by, and Steve Kilbey’s lyrics take one on a simultaneous journey to that place where ideas download from cosmic consciousness.