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Hall of Fangirl – February 2014

We’re back with a new Hall of Fangirl this February, so read on for the artists we’ve been fangirling over this month!

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell

Okay, so I know she’s not strictly country, but she is folky and frankly her awesomeness knows no genre bounds. I was having a horrible week this week and a late-night drive with her angelic vocals blasting really made me feel a lot better. Now of course there is her critically acclaimed 1971 album ‘Blue’, which is naturally my favorite, but ‘Clouds’, ‘Ladies of The Canyon’ and ‘Song To A Seagull’ from the late 1960s should also not be ignored, for her clever use of her own chords, construction of narratives and lyrics that are so personal yet ambiguous enough to be twisted for universality, and finally for her gentle, but beautiful delivery, so heartfelt and so pure. Her sense of fun, too, can be heard throughout these 3 albums, despite her being the original Taylor Swift (‘Blue’ is said to be about her relationship with Graham Nash).

It truly doesn’t get better. Check out these songs below and listen carefully.

‘California’

‘A Case of You’

‘Both Sides Now’

‘The Circle Game’

 

Nashville Season 2

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Okay, so I know we’ve featured Nashville here before, but… not for a long time. And anyway, we’re talking about season 2 now. I’m not sure if the songs on season 2 are as distinctive as on season 1, but maybe I just need to get to know them better. Either way, there’s always plenty to love about the music on this show, with a wide variety of sounds on offer and talented songwriters contributing, as well as some talented vocalists in the form of the actors. Who knew? Check out a couple of these more recent tunes from the show and if you’re in the US, buy the season 2, volume 1 soundtrack, and if you’re in the UK, wait impatiently for its release at some point in February/March. Like me.

‘This Time’ (performed by Chip Esten & Connie Britton)

‘A Life That’s Good’ (performed by Lennon & Maisy Stella)

‘Trouble Is’ (performed by Hayden Panettiere)

‘Black Roses’ (performed by Clare Bowen)

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