U is for…Under the Stars

U was another difficult one for me but then inspiration struck. I was listening to my music thinking about what u related things I like; which isn’t many; when Under the Stars came on.  At Christmas my sister asked me to find some new Christmas songs to add into our usual playlist, and that is when I came across this song. To me it’s not typically Christmassy, which is why I’m still listening to it in April. The thing that really stands out for me though is that this is a duet of sorts…with actual stars! Scientists recorded the sounds of the vibrations of all sorts of stars and then John Legend put the song together with the stars as part of the composition. It may not be as obvious in the video of the live version but it is in the recorded one. I just thought the live video would be more interesting to look at.  The song was

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I is for…Imogen Heap

I first discovered Imogen Heap through the TV show The O.C. when I was a teenager. Her song Hide and Seek was used in the Season 2 finale and I just remember instantly being hooked to it. I don’t remember how I found out that it was an Imogen Heap song; I would assume it was through the internet but I’m pretty sure it was when we still had dial up, and I wasn’t all that internet savvy. Eventually I must have tracked the information down and then waited for ages for her album to be released, because I don’t think I had an mp3 player at that point either so it was CD all the way. The above video is one of my favourite songs from her the album Speak for Yourself, which is her second album but the first one I bought, I was going to put the video for Hide and Seek but thought Goodnight and Go

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A is for…Agnes Obel

I love Agnes Obel’s music, I find it beautiful and haunting and there is always a song to reflect my state of mind. It really relaxes me because of that. The video is the song Aventine, it is from her second album of the same name. What I love about her albums is that it feels like she really focuses on the arrangement of the music; she has interludes of songs that are just her playing the piano; and the lyrics that she does use, though sometimes simplistic, really complement that. I was going to use a video for Chord Left but decided that really you should hear her voice as well, to get the full experience. ∞