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In Love With She & Him

Dear Audy,

Oh, it has been a crappy 18 hours. For some reason, my knees have gone into a crazy flare. It’s extremely painful and I don’t really want to think about it, but I can’t concentrate on very much else. I am taking the pretty music escape route.

Now playing is She & Him Volume 2. Pretty, pretty, pretty. She & Him are Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward (which feels weird to type because I know a guy by that name). Everything about their music is pretty: the instrumentals, the vocals, the gorgeous harmonies, the bittersweet lyrics…everything.

See?

She & Him – Don’t Look Back from Merge Records on Vimeo.



Everyone should dance like that.

I think that if I could adopt the appearance and talents of anyone, it would be Zooey Deschanel. Not only does she have a stunning face, gorgeous figure and immaculate vintage style sense, but she sings like a bellbird in Spring. Somehow, she manages to be incredibly beautiful, yet humble; quirky, yet not oddball, just interesting.


Everything about her enchants and earns my respective envy. Her music and dresses alone are enough to draw my attention, it’s kind of easy to forget that she has also had a pretty amazing acting career. I love that She & Him don’t exploit that fact, their music really speaks for itself.

It doesn’t hurt that as a band, they look adorable and take lovely photographs.








(click images for sources)


If you’ve not yet had the pleasure of bopping along to the melodies of She & Him, I thoroughly recommend going to iTunes right now and buying both of their albums. Right now. My favourites from Volume One are Change Is Hard and Sweet Darlin’. Frontrunners for Volume 2 include Thieves and Home. If you happen to share my girl crush, you can also find Zooey on Twitter and Tumblr.

Enjoy.

Love & Girly Music Crushes,
Caf

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  • A Helluva Lot Of Ella

    Dear Audy,

    Thanks so much for all the fabulous feedback about Loretta! I am so very proud of her, I can’t wait to get started on the next one!!

    Not today, though. Today I am sick. I have picked up one of those cold and flu bugs that like to infect people. Lots of fun!

    So, what am I doing, apart from sitting in a haze on the couch? Why, downloading 134 of the 254 songs that I purchased on iTunes yesterday, of course! No, I didn’t win a bunch of iTunes credits, the lottery, or find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In fact, I didn’t spend up big at all, the entire loot only cost me $14.99!

    You see, yesterday, I was also sick. I decided that a nice relaxing bath would help me to feel better. I also decided that I felt like something new to listen to whilst I was soaking. Something jazzy, pretty and stress-relieving. I have recently been enjoying the sultry sounds of Etta James and so I searched iTunes to see what other artists people who had purchased Etta were into. I don’t really have a lot of music history ingrained in this brain of mine and searching iTunes recommendations has proven a great way for me to find more music that I like!

    What I came across was Ella Fitzgerald. A name that I was familiar with, but not so much who she was or her work. I had a quick listen to some previews of this album and liked what I heard!



    It was only $14.99, which I thought was strange as the opening line in the album’s description is “This admittedly pricey…”. I didn’t really think it was pricey at all, not for 15 tracks, that’s only $1 a track!

    After purchasing, I got rather a shock when iTunes told me it was downloading 254 items. In fact, my eyeballs just about hit the wall on the opposite side of the room! Surely, it was a mistake! I headed back to the iTunes store to find out…



    No, no mistake. There it is in fine print at the bottom. There is the ability to scroll down, I just didn’t notice it the first time around. Uh oh, I thought, $14.99 can’t be right, I’d better see how much I’ve actually spent….But, there it is! Correct after all. It turns out I actually paid 0.06 cents a track. How insane is that?



    I realise that this music is over 50 years old, but still, I kind of feel like I’ve ripped off Ella! Even though she’s, sadly but naturally, no longer with us. Have I just bought someone’s entire life’s work for $14.99?! Holy guacamole. Many are songs that I’ve heard before by other artists, but the majority is all new to me!

    I did end up in that nice, relaxing bath that I had planned. Where I soaked and soaked and listened to 47 tracks of my new collection and enjoyed it thoroughly. Listening to Ella feels like being in an old movie, all pretty, nostalgic and slightly magical. I am currently in love with vintage fashion and it appears this love is spreading into vintage music. How wonderful! I love listening to people who can really, really sing and real instruments and lots of them and no auto-tune…the artists of old really put our pop industry to shame. Not that there aren’t a helluva lot of amazing musicians with us in 2010, but they do struggle to get the attention they deserve amongst all the commercially generated crap that plagues the modern music scene.

    Love & Nice Surprises,
    Caf

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