Friday, May 20, 2011

A Little Jazz, A Little French

I have a feeling I'll be saying this phrase a lot, "my husband introduced me to…" What can I say,  he has good taste in a multitude of things. No complaints here. Without further adieu then.
My husband introduced me to jazz singer Stacey Kent, whom I quite enjoy.
She is an American born jazz singer who studied French, Italian and German in Europe for a Masters degree in comparative literature before venturing into her love of music. Without overwhelming you with many factual details, please read more about her here.

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I've been listening to Kent's French album Raconte-Moi the most thus far. If I had not known she was American, I would've thought she was a native French singer from listening to her album. I'm sure native speakers could easily tell she is not (perhaps), but I am easily fooled since I am not accustomed to French. I had a brief 'introduction' to French when I was in the 7th grade and I barely remember anything from it.

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It is not simply that I love jazz as to why I like Stacey Kent, but of course her voice is very lovely to hear. She has an effortless old jazz feel to it like Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald, but with a modern, if you will, touch. It is very relaxing listening to her music. I get the feeling that I am in a quaint coffee shop in Europe.
A couple English songs I particularly enjoy is 'Hushabye Mountain,' which makes me think of Narnia and 'What A Wonderful World.'

1 comment:

  1. You should tag "Jazz" and "French" to this post, too. :D