Sep 9, 2010

Life's Soundtrack - Another Sky


Ethereal


I was scrolling through the photos in the Inspiration Studio Flickr group, searching for inspiration, and Clare's photo, which was, in turn, inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem "There is Another Sky," pulled me in, and suddenly I knew what this week's post would be about.

There is another sky,
Ever serene and fair,
And there is another sunshine,
Though it be darkness there.

We all experience life underneath a slight different sky.  Our experiences are unique and the art we are exposed to, make and appreciate is influenced by our surroundings.   Thanks to the massive spread of the internet it does feel as if our world has shrunk, but it still takes a bit of effort to look beyond your own sky to see the art being created by those on the other side of the earth.

So, this week we are going to build a playlist based on artists from around the world.   Please comment and share some of your favorite artists who hail from a country different from your own.   I'll get us going with a few of my favorites:

Brazil - Marisa Monte - A Sua
United Kingdom - Adele - Hometown Glory
Norway - Ane Brun - This Voice
Ireland - The Corrs - Little Wing
United Kingdom - Florence & the Machine - Dog Days
Australia - Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - Rattlin' Bones

Your comments and contributions for last week's theme - female artists who made history - were AMAZING.  I can't wait for you to hear the playlist we put together, it is filled to the brim with talent and spirit.  If you only have time to listen to one song, chose the last one, k.d. Lang's version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" performed at the 2005 Juno awards, I dare you to get through it without at least tearing up.



I can't wait to have my horizon opened up to new artists from around the world, please contribute your favorites and help us make another amazing playlist to fill our lives and hearts with music. 

Happy Listening
Jamie

14 comments:

gibknitty said...

This playlist is crazy good, and I am only halfway through it! I am sorry I missed adding my 2 cents on this great category last week. Oh well.

As for this week, I have a few suggestions: Susana Baca from Peru [might I suggest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXo4AfC8HFY]

Also, Katell Keineg (France/Wales/Ireland) and Pierce Turner (Ireland).

Thanks Jamie!!

Kat said...

In Italy I've discovered Laura Pausini. She has the most amazing, powerful voice! Give "Un fatto ovvio" a listen.

Suki said...

Lets throw a bit of German culture into it.
Check Xavier Naidoo, Culcha Candela and Annett Louisan. :)
Hope you like them.

Suki said...

And this line :"it still takes a bit of effort to look beyond your own sky to see the art being created by those on the other side of the earth." totally got me today. Thanks Jamie for that inspiration!

~Kristina said...

Gianni Morandi is an Italian icon in music. His song "Scende la pioggia" (falling rain) is fantastic.

Prairie Girl Studio said...

oh wow ...
feel like i have just been to a most fabulous concert ...
thanks SO much jamie for putting this all together!!
brilliant lineup of amazing artists ... : )

'we all experience life underneath a slight different sky' ... your words here are moving and thoughtful ...

i love the world is a bit smaller so we might explore and find so many many talents from all regions of the planet ...

you know i love charlie winston from france ... and there is lisa hannigan from ireland ('i don't know' in particular) ... and i just want to hug austrailian xavier rudd ...

oh the lists, the lists ...

wow, thanks again, jamie the listening today has been extraordinaire ...
xo
pg

Prairie Girl Studio said...

oh, and thanks so much for including kd's hallelujah as the end ... and i couldn't ... couldn't make it through again without tears flowing ...
every
single
time
xo

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

So beautiful.
I simply cannot listen to that last one without falling apart....
Thank you for filling my heart yet again...

A Box of Chocolates said...

ok wow wow what a great play list I missed last weeks for some reason not sure why so going back now yeah for Kasey Chambers a good old Aussie girl she is fantastic.
So my suggestions are 1. Pink with Glitter in the Air
http://en.vidivodo.com/350846/pink-_-grammy-awards-2010
USA or England where is Pink from anyway?
2. Lisa Mitchel with Coin Laundry
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvGYm4Ex9aE
Australia

Kim Klassen said...

kd's hallelujah beyond!!!

and wow on every morsel of this fantastic playlist jamie. you are truly so fantastic!!

love and admiration....xxo, kim

Karen said...

Hi,
To stay in True North, a dear Canadian friend of mine is always giving me tips on her favorites, and she never misses a beat in my view. Two of my favorites include:
Waiting around to die by The Be Good Tanyas and
Weak in the Knees by Serena Ryder

Thank you Jamie for taking us with you on this Lyrical Journey...

Marcie said...

I grew up with Janis and Bobby McGee. Thank-you for the wonderful reminder!!!

Elaine said...

I absolutely loved that playlist! Every single song on it. (Especially Adele, her voice feels like it could just cut through mist)Thanks for the introduction to new artists!

kelly@thebluemuse said...

Love it, all such incredible women...
For out of this country artists, I love Bulgarian Women's Chorus, Dead Can Dance, Radiohead (Fake plastic trees, especially)