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.