Public Service Announcement. You Will Thank Me.

I’ve written a number of times about music and how important it is to my life and Randy’s life. Music has always been a big part of our relationship.

We had a long distance beginning and I fell in love with him through cassette tape mixes. I can even tell you the first two songs on the very first tape he sent me. Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie and The Devil Is Chasing Me by The Reverend Horton Heat.

19 years later, we are still discussing music with each other. Nearly every day we have a discussion over someone new Randy is listening to or just general observations. When those conversations happen in the morning, then I’m going to be a more late for work than I usually am.

Today, I want to introduce you to a few strong independent female artists whose music means very much to me. It’s haunting and beautiful and my life is better for having experienced them.

I have to thank Randy for these finds as well…he has brought me so much over the years.

Before we get to the artists…if you like the music, get a download or two. They are only around .99 which is NOTHING. These women are giving us their actual souls…the very least we can do is support them by purchasing a song. And just so you know, I’m not getting anything for this, they don’t even know I’m writing about them.

First is Karena K and her many projects. She sings with Wily Bo Walker. She’s a Vampirette. She’s a Blue Valentine. She is gorgeous and funny and has the most incredible laugh. I have never met Karen in person, but we have chatted many times and I consider her to be one the best invisible friends I have. She is an amazing talent. Don’t take my word for it though, click the links and give her a listen.

Next is Laura Marie. I don’t have much personal knowledge of Laura Marie, but I do know her music and it is incredible. Hard Rain is my favorite. Give this a listen and I bet it makes it into your song rotation. Hard Rain is one of those songs that is so  atmospheric that you become convinced you could reach out and touch it.

Last, but far from least is Lizzie Harrah and The Madisons. One of the best nights I have ever spent in my life was an evening curled up on a couch in their studio. I listened to them run through their set for a show they were to perform the following night. I’ve seen a lot of shows in my life, from arena shows to intimate clubs, and none of the shows made me happier than the night I got my very own personal Madisons show.

This could come in handy the next time you get a musical ear worm. You could have one of these incredible songs swirling around in your head instead of Muskrat Love or Copa Cabana or for fuck’s sake, that song about the Pina Coladas and getting stuck in the rain.

See? I told you that you would thank me.

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  • I love it when people share new music! Music is huge in my life too and my husband and I were separated for a year waiting for his visa to be approved so we could be together. We used music a lot. I will definitely check these out.

    • I think you will like them..they really are incredible.

      I love it when people share music as well. I have a really difficult time with intimacy and this is a way I can express it and accept it. I find sharing music that I love to be very intimate and I always treasure it when people share music with me.

  • Michelle,

    I feel like we talked about this already, but I am getting to that more forgetful age — 28. : )

    Anywho, my son is a musician, and I am all about supporting indie artists. I buy albums on iTunes and t-shirts for local young bands. Anything to help. This is great that you are helping by blogging and sharing your interests.

    My son’s band is Alone at Dawn, and their first song is Peacemaker. The link to it is in the final paragraph of this blog.

    • You know…I don’t think we did…but we did now! THank you so much for sharing..just listened and sent a link to hubs and both my boys. Your son is very talented! How very exciting for him!

  • Thanks for the music, I liked it all. Also, I had the 45rpm single of “Temptation Eyes” by the Grass Roots when I was a little kid.

  • Gosh. What an honor to be in your list of inspirational female artists. I enjoyed listening to the links for Karena and Laura Marie’s music.

    Michelle I am gonna write you a fucking theme song, an anthem like what “Rocky” has.

  • I actually *don’t* like pina coladas… but thanks for the earworm while I watch MORE SNOW fall today.

    And you definitely need a theme song!

    P.S.–Off topic–I think I just subscribed to be your 100th email subscriber/follower. (You’re welcome.) 😉

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