In her almost 30 year career, Jenny Lewis has been a child actor (cult films such as Troop Beverly Hills and TV shows like The Golden Girls), and a musician, first with the band Rilo Kiley (formed in 1998) and eventually branching out to a solo career in 2006.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Jenny Lewis is one of my favorite singer/songwriters. She’s got one of the best voices out there, and this week she’s back with a brand new album called The Voyager.
I first saw Jamie Cullum one night back in 2003. He was the musical guest on Late Night With Conan O’Brien. I had never heard of him before then, but after watching that performance (of his song “Twentysomething”) I became an instant fan, and still am to this day. In some ways, he and his band, made up of just three members altogether, reminded me of Ben Folds Five, another of my favorite groups. I didn’t know it then, but he had just released his third studio album.
Even though “Twentysomething” was the song he performed that night, it was another song on that disc that quickly became my favorite. In late 2009 he released his fifth CD, and they are all excellent, but “All At Sea” from the Twentysomething CD is still my favorite Jamie Cullum song. It’s probably the only official “jazz” song in my top 100 songs of the last ten years. My wife and I got to see Jamie perform a few years back at The Grove in Anaheim, California. This was the one song I was hoping he’d perform, more than all the others, and he didn’t disappoint.
Later today, I will begin my alphabetical countdown of my 100 favorite songs of the last ten years (2000-2009), one each weekday, until I get through all of them. But, before that starts, I took some time to sit down and compile my 25 favorite songs of 2009. This was one of the best years for music in recent memory. What was different for me this year, compared to most, is that normally I have a lot of favorite albums… CD’s that I listen to all year, all the way through. This year, I have only a few albums that I enjoyed from beginning to end. So few that I may not even be able to rank them properly, but this was an amazing year for individual songs.
Jamie Cullum has been one of my favorite artists for the past few years. He just recently released his long awaited fifth studio album, called The Pursuit. Each CD contains a couple of cover tunes, from jazz standards to rock greats. He’s covered everyone from Cole Porter to Jimi Hendrix, to more recent acts like Doves, Jeff Buckley and Radiohead.
Jamie’s new CD follows that same tradition, and includes a cover of Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop The Music.” They even released a video for the song. Continue reading →