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Charlene Soraia – the new Joni Mitchell?

Charlene Soraia is phenomenal: her voice is unique, playful and like nothing I’ve heard before, her intricate finger picking like a jazz pro who’s been on tour for 20 years, and her arrangements and melodies are sophisticated way beyond a 23-year-old. After three of her songs at the Cambridge Junction a thought crossed my mind that I did not anticipate: she might be a new Joni Mitchell.
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Sinéad O’Connor about songwriting: I write from a different place

Sinéad O’Connor is best known for her cover of Prince’s Nothing compares 2 U, and for tearing up a picture of the pope in the 1990. Over ten years on, she has recorded several albums, most recently “How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?”. In the Guardian she talks about her songwriting technique.
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Mixtape # 7: Best Lady Duets

Where are there so few duets with two female singers? The he-she combination seems to dominate singer-songwriters and folk music. There are some pure male duets more in the indie/rock corner. Below are a few rare duets by female artists only, non-cheesy, non-mainstream, all girl crush material.
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The tree man and Mark Geary’s vital signs

This concert review cannot be objective. I love Mark Geary, I love the cafe Hotnumbers where he played last night, and he did sing a song for me at the concert. So here goes: This was one of the best gigs I’ve seen for a long time.
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“The Lion’s Roar” by First Aid Kit – Missing the forest girls

They became youtube-stars after walking into a forest and singing a Fleet Foxes tune in harmony. Now the Swedish sisters First Aid Kit have their second album out – and they have grown up.
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Ane Brun: Songwriting is “magical”

The music magazine Three Monkeys has a great interview with Ane Brun in which she reveals her songwriting technique. While Leonard Cohen writes too many verses, Gillian Welch only records a song if she can remember it after weeks, Ane Brun is mostly “inspired by emotional and existential topics”.
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I’m now collecting news about singer-songwriters on!

I am now collecting news on singer-songwriters, folk singers and acoustic music on! I find stories through reading the Guardian every morning, checking google news, and by occasionally buying music magazines. I hope you like it! You can either click the link Singer-Songwriter News under Blogroll on the right hand side, or go there directly:

Leonard Cohen: “Hallelujah took around two years”

After discussing how Gillian Welch writes songs, now it’s the turn for legend Leonard Cohen. In a Guardian interview he explains why he doesn’t like slogans in songs, and why it took him two years and 80 verses to write his song Hallelujah.
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Gillian Welch: We suffered from writer’s dissatisfaction

Like many singer-songwriters, Gillian Welch does not touch her audience by being a “party band”. She tells Acoustic Guitar that people come to her shows to sink into her world for little while. In its latest issue, the magazine reviews her album The Harrow and the Harvest and calls it a “unique body of work”. In an interview with the artist we also learn why it took eight years to write the new album.
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Mixtape #6: Songs about Science

Some say the future of science (and music) lies in collaborations. And it is in the spirit of collaboration that Science Boy and I – have joined forces to bring to you this collection of Best Songs About Science. Read on to find out what Science has to do with Love, and how Daniel Radcliffe plays into that.
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