You want to know a secret ?... I sing. Alright, It really isn't a secret at all. It's just something I haven't always felt comfortable labeling myself as... singer. I always feel that I haven't earned that title.
Mostly my audiences are made up of unassuming strangers that I pull up next to at traffic lights or piles of my dirty clothes. Sometimes my dear, sweet husband or my gracious co-workers have to listen, but I'm usually using what I deem my "Disney" voice.
Through my years of belting it out in the driver's seat and pretending be diligent at learning to play guitar, there have been countless songstresses and sirens that I have taken cues from. Here are just a few ladies of song who I admire quite a lot.
Yup, Jewel. My sister and I used to listen to her "This Way" album loud while driving fast down the twirling roads home as teenagers. "Do you want to play" was my favorite song. Her poetic wit and unabashed personal sound always move me. She's like a nineties folk mermaid. Favorite Track: "Everybody needs someone sometime"
Jessica Lea Mayfield.
This girl. There are two groups of people, I find, when it comes to this girl. Those who love her and those who.... don't. At all. I belong to the first group. I think she's moody and honest and her voice is thick as grits. I could sing along to "Kiss me again" over and over and over... and I do. Favorite Track: "Our Hearts Are Wrong"
The Gold Dust Woman herself. She's definitely on the list of people I'd like to have dinner with. Her voice is chalky, like a whipper-will who's been smoking for 40 years... and while that shouldn't be a good thing, it oddly is. I am influenced by her in ways that I don't even think I'm conscious of. Favorite track: Silver Springs
Whimsical, Strong... like a honeypot fireside dream. I would love for her to sing me to sleep. I love that she can come through so emotional and confident and avoid being over-the-top or pushy.
Ever listen to something that you feel was written just for you? I feel that everytime I listen to "Steer", or "Special Two", or "Scar". Heck, name a Missy Higgins song. When I think about it, I don't think it's the song at all (although her lyrics are crystal and direct). Her voice is just so... communicative. She's so solid.
There are so many more where that came from... I had to make myself stop! I think I might do something like this every Tuesday, yeah?