Sometimes things are not what you expect: New talent in music

I have been watching a lot of clips from competition shows like The Voice and Got Talent from around the globe for giggles. I have found that eventually, one will run into someone with a gift in voice or music ability or simply sharing.
So I decided to post some of those findings for your entertainment. Some are from the past, but not too past and some recent. I will do each separately.

So why am I doing this? This site is about music and the enjoyment of it and so I think it fitting to show some folks doing just that and sharing it with the rest of us as an inspiration.

So I’ll randomly start with this one:

Celia Pavey – a young Joni Mitchell?
She appeared on The Voice Australia in 2013 I think. The minute she appeared and started singing she reminded me of Joni Mitchell, even in her appearance. While not a songwriter as far as I know, she certainly nailed the cover song she did here. I have not researched to find out where she went from there. In this video she does forget the lyrics at one point, but the judges rightly forgave that gaffe.


“What the world needs now…..”

I’m a bit concerned about something. As I have written previously, music unites people, communicates, heals, etc. I have been hoping that my blog, along with others out there would encourage people to listen to music more and more often as they are able and ultimately, as we see with the resurgence in vinyl records, to have another resurgence of folks getting together to enjoy listening to music with each other.
Sadly, I feel that is still not happening. With all the turmoil going on in the U.S. and around the world, we need music and activities of togetherness with it more than ever. I believe that without music, the world will destroy itself as we humans will destroy ourselves and each other. There is an old saying that says, “Music calms the savage beast”. I’m not saying that we are all savage beasts by nature of course, but that saying really refers to our thoughts and feelings. It is a fact that music affects us in our emotions, moods and thoughts as those things are intimately linked, in other words music also speaks to our souls. For example, put on a sad song and you will start to feel sad and think sad thoughts, put on an angry song and you will start to feel angry and have angry thoughts, put on a happy song and you will start to feel lighter and have pleasant or happy thoughts and so on.

Are you as tired of all that is happening in the U.S. (not to mention the world as well) as I am? I would think you should be by now, if not, check your pulse. The U.S. is on the brink of destroying itself, everyone is far too individualistic and the in-fighting has reached beyond epidemic and systemic proportions. Too many people in the U.S. seem to be finding ways to argue and fight. Discussions are no longer being had, just fights for superiority or something. There is almost no sense of community anymore and we are all afraid of each other and this spills over into the rest of the world. What I am saying is that I believe this is what a lack of music and listening creates. Of course, this does not apply to those who are trying to keep the ship upright as it were, but those of us who are doing that, seem to be losing ground I feel. There are no listening parties anymore, no candid discussions about music, etc. Its all superiority contests and arguing over unimportant things on forums, in person, etc.
We really are one people and one world when you stop and think. We need to work together to overcome and solve problems, but also making and having good company in an activity such as listening to music does wonders for all of us.

Listening requires learning and learning requires listening. Life is a learning process. Learning is a choice as well. Learning does not stop unless we choose to stop learning by closing our minds, being overly intolerant and too self-centered. Every country and everybody has problems, but there is a Russian saying that states: Many hands make light work. Literal meaning: Take hold of it together, it won’t feel heavy. In other words, we can easily overcome some problems that are small and perhaps help each other with the bigger ones, but only if we are willing to come together and listen.

Back in U.S, history for example, in the late fifties through early seventies in particular, people used to gather just to listen to music with each other, be it live concerts, in homes with stereo systems, gathered around a radio for a favorite or popular program, etc. What naturally came of this activity was people listening to and learning from each other, formation of communities, helping each other with problems and even changing society and governance for the better. I’m not talking about living in communes and eating berries and staring at flowers. (You can do that if you want). I’m talking about just average, everyday life then. The problem is that as music became more automated and more of a commodity rather than a form of communication and the art form that it is, we eventually lost our way, our sense of togetherness and even our sense of humanity. That said though, we can turn that around and bring things back the way they should be, if we are willing. One person alone cannot do that task, it requires “taking hold of it together”. (Continue next page)

Courtney Hadwin–ever hear of her? You will!

The story of Courtney Hadwin begins with the question: Is reincarnation real? Well, I don’t know about that, but Courtney, now 14 years of age is currently a contestant on America’s Got Talent. She is a singer, but not your average type. She is 14, but not from this era. When she performs she is Janis Joplin and Mick Jagger rolled into one. Here’s the thing, she is not purposely trying to copy them (you can tell she is not), but it is just how she is. She has her own way of doing things and it goes improv fast. She has a connection to music that is rare and it is obvious. She gets herself completely absorbed into it. She started singing at age 9. Her dad says she spends much of her time in her room listening to vinyl records! That is what started it all!
It is amazing what comes out of this small little shy girl. Of course her voice is a bit squeaky now and again, but she is a delight to watch.

In case you have heard, never mind all the trumped up controversy from those of the sour-grapes community, they are just jealous, no laws or rules are being broken, she is no different from many other contestants on America’s Got Talent as all have been in other competitions before landing on AGT as well.
The story is that it is all because of vinyl records and her deep connection to music!
Here are the videos: