It's official: my blog has had one thousand hits. Exciting, eh? The standard course of action would be to give you all some story about how I started this blog four months ago on nothing but a smile and a shoeshine, but I'm not, so you can breath easy now.
Rather, I figured we should celebrate, and since the blog's taken a musical turn in the past while (we are in the midst of the White Album Redux Project, after all), what better way to celebrate than with some great music?
Kicking things off is the marvelous Chantal Kreviazuk, who performed "Souls" live at the Canada Day celebrations way back in the year 2000! Amazing what nine years can do.
Next, a pair of Nicole Atkins songs -- her cover of "Blue Christmas" (tis the season) for The Hotel Cafe Presents Winter Songs and "Maybe Tonight" live on Later with Jools Holland. I haven't given her a Saturday Spotlight yet, but she is so worth checking out. I can't stress this enough.
I found out about this next group through Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe radio show, and have been an ardent fan of theirs ever since. Their harmonies are spine-tingling. This is the song that started it all -- here's Dala, with "Sunday Dress".
Aren't they stunning? Amanda Walther almost looks like a young Joni Mitchell.
Speaking of Joni, you might be aware of a great tribute album to Saskatchewan's favorite daughter (yes, it sounds corny, I know), called River: The Joni Letters. Organized by Herbie Hancock, everyone from Norah Jones to Leonard Cohen lent their vocals to covers spanning Mitchell's illustrious career. It even won a Grammy for Album of the Year!
Below are Melody Gardot with "Edith and the Kingpin" (covered by Tina Turner on the album) and Corinne Bailey Rae, who does a stunning version of "River".
Finally, here's Sara Bareilles with a laid-back, off-the-cuff cover of "Oh! Darling" by the Beatles, from the album Abbey Road -- recorded, as luck would have it, at Abbey Road itself. Hope you enjoy.
Thank you to all that have visited Paul's Winnipeg over the past few months! Without you, there wouldn't be this post. 1000 hits... Let's hope for one thousand more.
Until next time,