Uncle Roger's Notebooks of Daily Life


My life is, to me, ripe with frequent challenges, occasional successes, spontaneous laughter, adequate tears, and enough *life* to last me a lifetime. To you, however, it surely seems most pedestrian. And therefore, I recycle the name I used previously and call this my Notebooks of Daily Life. Daily, because it's everyday in nature, ordinary. These conglomeration of events that are my life are of interest to me because I live it, perhaps mildly so to those who are touched by it, and could only be of perverse, morbid curiosity to anyone else. Yet, I offer them here nonetheless. Make of them what you will, and perhaps you can learn from my mistakes.


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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Notes of Note: Annie Lennox - Medusa

While I've enjoyed Annie Lennox's music, both with the Eurythmics and solo, I'm certainly no groupie. I do have one of the Eurythmics albums on vinyl, but none on CD. I did pick up the solo album Diva which includes the hit Walking on Broken Glass recently, but that was the extent of it.

Then I saw the album Medusa at the thrift shop. What really caught my eye was that it included Procol Harum's Whiter Shade of Pale. I love that song and was very intrigued by the thought of Annie Lennox covering it. So I bought the CD. Honestly, I thought it would be something I would listen to once or twice and then forget about, leaving it buried among the thousand other albums on my iPod.

I find, however, that I have been listening to the album a fair bit. It turns out it is an entire disc of covers and includes the Talking Heads' Take Me to the River, The Temptations' I Can't Get Next to You, and Paul Simon's Something So Right. Each one is very much Lennox-ized, if you will, but each one works. Annie Lennox is a very talented woman and she has selected a set of songs that really suit her unique style.

Oh, and her version of Whiter Shade of Pale? It's fantastic.

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