Home' LOTL : May 12 Contents Riding her bicycle home one day, Melody
Gardot was struck by a car. The resulting
traumas including multiple pelvic frac-
tures, spinal, ner ve and head injuries led Gardot
to embark on a painf ul recover y process. Her doc-
tor sugg ested she use music therapy as a means to
speed her recover y process, believing it would a s-
sist Gardot with her cognitive problems as music
has been known to help repair neuropathways in
the brain, the singer song writer took to recording
songs on a multi track by her bedside.
“I started recording the song s a s a way to re-
member what I’d done ; I had really bad short-term
memor y problems,” explains Gardot. “At the end
of the day I couldn’t remember the beginning ”.
These song s she wrote during her recuperation
were released as a six-song EP called Some Lessons :
The Bedroom Sessions. After hearing it, one critic
commented that it was ‘a trick of alchemy that aw-
ful pain and uncertainty can give rise to such bold
and striking music’.
Melody Gardot understands the value of sub -
tlety and understatement. For Melody, music is
something that helps her rela x, meditate, and look
inwards. “I gravitate towards soothing music, of-
ten genres that are soft and somewhat unassum-
ing . Music can do wonders for your spirit espe-
cially when it’s the kind that calms you.”
Now severa l years on, Gardot has embarked on
a new musical journe y, this time around her trav-
els have inspired the ja zz muso to new heights as
she explores the pa ssionate rhythms of other coun-
tries such as Bra zil and Morocco.
Gardot’s album The Absence will be released on
One of our fave singer songwriter’s
Feist is set to rock your world
once more with a new single and
The new video and recent Juno
award wins see the singer
reliving the past. But like a loopy
tapemachine, what is repeated
is never the same, only better.
Featuring the work of Argentinean
photographer Irina Werning,
Feist’s new video clip ‘Bittersweet
Melodies’ debuted last month and
delivered a montage of photos and
videos from Werning’s celebrated
photo essay Back to the Future,
the video for ‘Bittersweet Melodies’
is directed by Holle Singer and
produced by Jannie McInnes. Look
out for it on your TV screens now.
Music | Arts
Melanie Gardot - The Absence
One and Only
up a feast of tracks with influences from
her recent travels to Morocco and Brazil.
Bossanovas nestle beside tango rhythms
and sambas as Gardot’s voice swells
above it all heady and sweet...
Madonna - MDNA
It’s four years
Candy but unlike
insipid effort, Madonna has got it right this
time around with a return to the dance
floor sounds that seem to be her forte. The
electro pop grooves of MDNA are sure to
appeal to long time fans and newcomers
alike. Standouts include ‘Gang Bang’ and
Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream
With her first
album in seven
is a return to
what she does best – soulful vocals
and bluesy guitar jams that have such
infectious energy they almost leap out
of your speakers. A cover of Bob Dylan’s
‘Standing in the Doorway’ is absolutely
haunting and a rendition of reggae
classic ‘Right Down the Line’ swaggers
its way into your heart. Superb!
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Melissa Etheridge has added a
Canberra date to her tour playing a
show at the Royal Theatre on July 14.
Tix on sale now.
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