I'm listening to Martha Wainwright recently. I've heard great things about her for a while now, and I just picked up her self titled cd (thanks Ben and Neen...) It's a gritty rose petal, a smoky red strand of barbed wire, a bright shiny mouth of fangs, a poetic string of ruthless melodies...She performs "Wither must I wander" a Robert Louis Stevenson poem set to music by Ralph Vaugh Williams. Beautiful. How many pop artists out there are paying homage to a couple of turn of the century artisans? Coincidentally, I sang the song on my recital at NAU, so I have a special connection to it. It's a haunting melody that fits well with the tales of travel, heartbreak, and creation inherent in the whole album.

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