Well, well, well….
Lookee what I found. A hot new talent named Sara Bareilles.
Run, do not walk, to iTunes and purchase her amazing new download compilation (DC rather than CD) for only $6.99. That’s right. Twelve, count ‘em, TWELVE tracks for only $6.99. This very attractive price caused me to give Sara a listen. I did and I absolutely LERVE her. I feel the same way I did when I was first introduced to Amos Lee and Ray LaMontagne. In researching fare Sara, I find out that she spent the fall opening for cousin Marc. Broussard, that is.
Her website, http://www.sarabmusic.com/ has great features, including a Journal that she writes in blog format. She is a humble, down to earth artist who is simply amazed to “be here”. In her self-penned biography on VIRB, she explains her music:
“I write mostly on piano and I’m a girl, so lots of people say it’s Norah Jones, or Fiona Apple. That’s fine. I love Norah’s subtlety and Fiona’s fierce lyrical prowess. But I also have an affinity for the playful and intelligent-pop of people like Elton John and Ben Folds. And although I don’t necessarily write like them, Radiohead, the Police and Bjork changed my musical consciousness. Ben Gibbard writes better lyrics than I can even imagine up. Etta James and Sam Cooke make me wish I lived 50 years ago. Counting Crows recorded an album that I consider to be perfect, and Bob Marley created music that makes me want to be a better human being.
So there’s all that. And it’s all in there. In me. Somewhere. So do what you will with that information, I know it’s vague, but it’s the best I can do.”
This DC is exactly as she explains it…a little bit of everything. And, they’re all original. I find her writing style and lyrics very appealing and familiar.
Here are some favorite tracks:
Bottle it Up
Pay attention to her monologue on this song about her “record label”.
Likely my new favorite song, this song was featured in the movie Loving Annabelle.
These are not on the DC, but lovely nonetheless:
Opening for Marc Broussard at The Roxy in Hollywood
With a Little Help From My Friends
As if I didn’t like her enough, she covers The Beatles at the same show.
Finally, here are two duets with Mighty Marc….live from The Granada in Lawerence, KS – 10/12/06
Heart to Heart (Kenny Loggins cover)
I Shot the Sheriff (Bob Marley cover)