Monday, June 30, 2008
Surprise! It is Monday and I am here after all. I had a heart to heart, private conversation with my boss. She has reinstated my original schedule thankfully, and I will not have to work a fourteen hour Monday. i think I would have needed a couple of days to recover. On Saturday, a normal busy day, my pedometer registered 28,337 steps which is almost twenty-four kilometers. That was from a ten hour shift. Can you imagine fourteen hours at that pace. A marathon is twenty-six so on a really busy day I walk over a marathon. All that said, I can't wait till tomorrow for my two days off.
There were thousands of tourists on the island this weekend for the Festival of Lights in Charlottetown. One of the highlights are concerts of many, rock and pop bands for three nights. My son bought a three day pass and a group of his university friends came over from Halifax. Last night was cold and rainy. I wouldn't have wanted to be standing outside in that for anything! But the twenty-somethings thought nothing of it. They had a great time. Son said that it only downpoured for the first and last bands - perfect timing. OK then.
There are two songs of the day today. One is Private Conversation by Lyle Lovett; the other is Happy by Martin Sexton, who is one of the best acts I've ever seen in concert. He is at Stanfest in Canso, NS next weekend which is where I saw him a few years ago.
I feel like a new woman today instead of one filled with dread.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
I didn't have the greatest start this morning. Usually at 5:30 I hop out of bed feeling great. This morning I was still tired. I got up and after about fifteen minutes decided to go back to bed. It just didn't work and I laid there for fifteen minutes or so knowing I would not get back to sleep. I got up and put the coffee on and here's proof I was still tired. I forgot to put the pot under the basket. I had a huge mess to clean up. All is ok now. I didn't scald myself in the shower. I didn't spill shampoo. There was milk in the fridge for my cereal. I'm on my way to a normal day.
I'm going to be working 13 to 14 hour days on Mondays. Needless to say there won't be any blog post for that day. There has been a change in shift times at work and the only way to keep full time was to work six days or the extra-long shift. I walk 16 to 20 km. per shift according to my pedometer. I can't wait to see how many I walk on Mondays.
It's been a while since I had any Gotan Project music on the blog. I love this band so much and play them a lot. One of my favorite songs had been posted here but has disappeared. Here is Tango Cancion once more and another favorite Mi Confesion.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Another round of work shifts are beginning thus the morning post. The weather was perfect for my days off and it's nice today too. We are supposed to get some thunder storms this afternoon then cooler weather is coming, going down to 15 degrees by Sunday. Monday it's back to 25.
I'm getting some driveway work done and had heavy equipment here this morning. Work like this has suddenly become a lot more expensive with the rise in gas and oil prices. I am not looking forward to this bill. Prices keep going up. I received a note yesterday from my health insurance provider announcing their yearly increase in fees. I wish I could get an increase in pay that easily.
It's time for more music from my favorite indy band, The Waifs . Sorry, oldest son. The Waitress was the first song I ever heard them do and I was hooked by just that song. When I Die was the second. There has been no turning back. Both of those songs come from Sink or Swim. Nothing New is from Up All Night. I usually link directly to a band's website but today point you to the Wiki article on The Waifs. Every other time I've linked to them so just a little change for today.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Goodness! Almost four hours late. My plans changed directions so many times today that it's a wonder my chair was still waiting for me when I turned the corner. Everything, even though plans kept changing, went smoothly enough though, so it was an ok day in Charlottetown.
The dental appointment I rescheduled after the dentist canceled the previous one, was canceled first thing this morning. The dentist sustained a golf injury and may be out of commission for a while. He thinks he sustained a rotator cuff injury. Not good for a dentist......or an artist, don't I know. I may have to see another dentist as a new patient. I'm not aware if there are shortages in the dental field like there are in the medical field.
I had to have unexpected car work done to pass my annual vehicle inspection. Brake pads and rotors, headlight bulb, etc. I had car repairs not too long ago as well. I'm not expecting any miracles. A vehicle costs a lot of money to run and maintain and is an absolute necessity living in the country. And, it's where I choose to be.
By the time I got home I had to prepare supper and was just starting the stirfry as my son was walking in the door, so it's now late. What A Day is the song of the day. It's by Greg Laswell and was featured on Grey's Anatomy. Joe Cocker is bringing us the second selection today, the classic summer song. I wish I could get the songs from my vinyl into mp3's. I would play my favorite, and very different, version of the Summer In the City - by BB King. Maybe you have it, Ralph? You had the Aretha song I wanted for so long.
Turns out I already have that one up on Page Two so here's another second song of the day - Home Again by Haale.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I wish you all could experience this awesome PEI day. We had heavy showers before dawn and some light showers this morning and just before noon I trusted the day enough to start hanging clothes on the line. I've always said perfect summer weather is when it rains at night and the sun shines during the day. This is proof. The temperature is 26 degrees centigrade or 79 degrees American. Is that not perfect?
I forgot my camera at work yesterday and ever since have felt naked. I went to town as a passenger last night and wanted the camera so badly. I picked it up this afternoon but missed many photo ops in between. The photo above is of the bloom of a horse chestnut taken a week ago. I saw the same tree today and already tiny chestnuts are developing; but I didn't have my camera. Aren't they a beautiful bloom?
A friend brought me a huge bouquet of iris's at work yesterday for me to take home. They are absolutely gorgeous and smell wonderful too. There are purple, lavendery white , bright yellow and maroon ones and they're stunning. My daughter-in-law sent a photo of my grandson last week. He is smelling an iris that is almost as big as his head. Awesome!
You have to know what song I'll be playing don't you? The Goo Goo Dolls' big hit Iris comes to mind first for me. Did it for you? I've worked so, so hard on this day off as I have appointments in town tomorrow, so for the Rest of The Day Off (by Neil Finn), I'm awaiting company and am going to cook an awesome meal on a perfect PEI summer day.
Monday, June 23, 2008
I'm counting the hours till my day off tomorrow. I'm tired.
After having troubled sleep most of the night, an ambulance went by at 4:30 am with sirens blaring. I woke with my heart pounding. The cats were sleeping in the open window and they took off almost flying and I would imagine their hearts were pounding too. My son told me it woke him too. The question is, why would an ambulance have to have a siren on in rural PEI in the middle of the night. I bet it didn't see another vehicle on the road and if it did a momentary blast of the siren would have alerted it. I would say we were not the only house awakened by this incident.
I hope the weather is nice tomorrow for my day off. Wednesday, sadly, has to be a town day. We country folk don't like going to town in the summer. It's tourist season and traffic is so much heavier. It's still June though and not as bad as July and August will be. I'd rather be at the beach than in town so will work extra hard to get the housework done and get down to the shore. I need it.
Would a deck constitute a porch? Today's photo is a vase of flowers I was arranging on my deck last day off. The music today is from The Format. They bring us On Your Porch and Matches. I like their soft and easy sound. On Your Porch says it's time to get into the sun. I agree.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I thought this was cool but strange photo of a couple of cows. One cow's ear is spread across another cow's face and the fastener of a tag is exactly where the eye would be on the first cow. A once in a lifetime shot.
I started this an hour ago but had a couple of phone calls so am short of time again. I was talking to my son and making specific plans for when he and his family are here in August. We have a barbecue planned where he will invite the family of his best friend from high school. My son has two kids; his friend has three. My daughter is going to invite some friends and my younger son and I will too so we've got the makings of a party.
I came across another Johnny Cash song the other day that gave me goosebumps. He is one of the most emotional singers ever placed on this earth and this, like so many of his songs, can bring strong reactions. I've mentioned Johnny's version the Trent Reznor song, Hurt, before. This one affected me like that one did. The song is Help Me. I also have his version of Lord Help Me, Jesus but this is a different song. I had his and Nick Cave's version of I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry on the pages but it has disappeared so that is going up again today too. This is one of the all-time greatest country songs. The original by Hank Williams is gone too so I will get it up one day soon.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I have a few minutes only so there's only time for music today. I was taking photos at a friend's pastureland the other day and felt a presence to my left. This cow was there watching me and for the next ten minutes basically did just that. He was a curious fellow.
How about John Lennon today? I have a version of Stand By Me by Lennon that is very Beatle-like with George Harrison's unmistakable guitar. Does anyone know where this song is from? One of my favorite Lennon songs is Instant Karma. Something that stands out in this version is Ringo's unmistakable drums. We're only missing McCartney for a complete Beatles day. Could he be singing background in Instant Karma?
Friday, June 20, 2008
The clothes on this line show the Island weather perfectly; spaghetti strap tank tops hanging next to big bulky sweaters. Yesterday looked cold and I hesitated to go out to transplant flowers but it only looked cold. The temperature was 20 degrees and the sun came out while I was outside and it turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day. Summer starts today at 8:59 ADT. If I was not working I would have planned a little celebration on the deck.
Summertime is tourist season on PEI and all forecasts point to a slow year overall with one exception. It is one hundred years today that Lucy Maud Montgomery's famous novel Anne of Green Gables was accepted for publication. This is The Year of Anne and tourists are coming from far and wide to take part in year-long festivities. Japanese tourists, who have always flocked to see everything 'Anne' are supposedly breaking all records this year with Japanese tour companies booking more tours than ever before. I heard this morning that Chinese girls have found that Ann books touch a chord as with the one child families where girls are not as accepted, they see hope with the feisty orphan who can overcome just this obstacle. Her adoptive parents were expecting a boy. Canada Post is issuing a new stamp today depicting Anne. Ben Stahl, who's wife Pat was a good friend of mine, was the artist chosen to depict Anne. He illustrated several of her books years ago and portrays this imaginary girl very beautifully.
Summertime is one beautiful song. Let me link a few versions. Here are versions by Molly Johnson, Sam Cooke, and an instrumental by guitarist Gabor Szabo. Several have disappeared from the pages. Here's Susana Baca with a nice version and I'm replacing Seasons Change by Corinne Bailey Rae.
Now, I've got to run to work.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I had a wonderful day yesterday and didn't get home till late last night, so no blog post for hump day. I spent the day with friends, got my bedding plants, lots of photos and thoroughly enjoyed my day off.
We had a beer tasting and the winner with the three above was the Kilkenny. Becks came in second and I hardly liked the Bitburger at all. The results were unanimous and judging by the amount of laughter we shared, a good time was had by all.
I should be outside dealing with my bedding plants and may in a bit but it's cold outside and I like gardening in heat. The plants would like it better on a cool day like today so that's the only reason I'm heading out. I've got lots of pots to fill.
I've got a couple of beer songs today. Beer Run by Todd Snider is a fun, talkin' blues type song. I Drink Beer by Dan Reeder was on the pages once and now is again. A version of well-known song sung by Todd Snider always fits well today; Enjoy Yourself.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
See how many seeds are on this dandelion plant? That's how many household chores I did today. I'm exhausted. I should have had an afternoon nap to revive myself but didn't. I'm almost too tired to type. I've been waking at 4 am the last little while. A couple of days last week I went back to sleep around five-thirty, my usual time to get up but not this week. It makes for a long day when the day starts at 4 am.
I plan to do something fun tomorrow. If the sky is blue I may drive to an abandoned house to see how it survived the winter and visit a local nursery for some bedding plants. If the sky is grey I'll head in the opposite direction to a little photo excursion and visit a different local nursery. In either direction, at either nursery, I'll enjoy the day. I have a fellow coming to cut some trees for me in the morning. I hope he comes early.
Spring is coming to an end and summer arrives this weekend. A couple of spring songs are asking to be played. They do, yes, they do ask to be played. They pop up on the ever-changing playlists in my brain. There is hardly a moment music isn't accompanying my every thought. I've asked other people if this is the case with them and have usually heard that it is not. A couple I've asked are like me though, and life is accompanied by music. Tchavolo Swing by the Hot Club of Cowtown is one song asking to be released. If you like Joe Venuti or Stephane Grapelli-type jazz violin this song is for you. Another song crying to be heard is Gone Fishin' I wanted to post this Bing Crosby song a while ago but though I knew I had it, I couldn't find it. I forgot that it is a duet with Louis Armstrong and that's where I found it, in my Louis Armstrong file. It was going to accompany my Father's Day post with a photo of my dad fishing. Heck, I can still put the photo up, to accompany the song. When I added this second photo the font or size changed and I can't seem to get the original back.
Monday, June 16, 2008
I had a post three quarters completed yesterday and got called to go to work early. I couldn't use the same post today as it was about Father's Day. I didn't even get to call my Dad but will in a little while. The photo is of my Dad a long time ago - before I was born.
I'm off tomorrow and Wednesday this week. I plan to get out with my camera. I have been running out of photos for the photoblogs. The files have been depleted after a winter of not being able to take photos and I have to replenish them. I need some time to delete some photos too. I tend to keep some that I'll never use; slightly different shots of the same thing. I need to do some weeding.
I heard part of an interview with Leonard Cohen last night. He played here last month and tickets to his show sold out in two hours. I didn't hear about the concert until I heard on the news the day after the tickets were all sold. Today I'll feature one of his songs with a version by him and a live version by Rufus Wainwright. Here's Chelsea Hotel No.2.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Lilacs! The air is heady! I just sent some to a friend recovering from surgery but the person delivering them said that she may let my friend have a whiff but plans to kidnap them to her own house. Lily of the valley is in full bloom too. When the lilacs have run their course I hope the lily of the valley will still be around. They're both wonderful plants for scenting a house, especially bathrooms. I've got vases full of white lilacs everywhere.
I had heaps of fun at the party last night. There were friends, food, dancing and staying up late, all adding up to a warm, laid-back but tired satisfaction. I was involved in one conversation where each person's story reminded the next person of another story. That person's story led the next person to remember another story. It went on and on, came back to the beginning, and the moment was magic. We all understood that moment. It was like a collective memory spanning continents and characters.
My story was about having my skirt stuck up the back of my panties while leaving the x-ray department a few years back. I was dancing with a friend (who was at last night's party) at a multicultural fundraiser a couple months later and this fellow, who was a friend of my dance partner, dances over. He says, " I know you from somewhere." You guessed it. We'd sat in the x-ray holding areas for an hour a couple months before. Last night was fun!
We had great dancing music too though there were complaints abounding of it being too loud. The only song that I was still singing this morning (in my head) was Black Horse and Cherry Tree by KT Tunstall. I checked and it is officially missing from 'The Pages' so here it is again. Something else missing for song number two or something new?...?... Actually I'm going to play a song that fits last night's party. The Story by Brandi Carlile is one of my all-time-favorite- in-the-world songs. Here it is, and Stories by Ruthie Foster that is quite perfect as well.
Friday, June 13, 2008
It's afternoon and I feel right about being here. My day is happening; not unknown and about to begin. I haven't done anything exciting though, just the usual first-day-off chores. Chicken and Ribs are in the oven again, laundry is in the washer and dryer. I've been cleaning. No fun at all. I had company for a while and got a bit behind on the schedule but I'll get everything done.
The fun will be tonight. Some friends in Charlottetown are having a party. I have a bedroom reserved in a great inner porch or sunroom. A really cool spot. My friend's parties are always great times. There will be a live band and dancing. I'll have my dancing shoes on and bells on my toes. Speaking of bells on my toes makes me think of Tipsy Gipsy by Stephane Grapelli. Let's Get Together by the Youngbloods comes to mind too so extra time and feeling good about being here brings extra songs today.
We've had stronger than gale force wind the last two days. Very strong winds and it's cool too. That's a bit of a drawback for my friend's party. Only the smokers will venture out to the back yard. A nice back yard can be like an extra room but if the weather isn't suitable, it won't do.
World Party by the Irish group, The Waterboys is the song pick for today. It's from their new album. I don't like to drink Scotch and Soda at all but it's title makes a good party song. Here's a fabulous old version of a song by that name by The Kingston Trio. I really, really like the way this song is so smooth and satisfying - like good chocolate can be.....and a good party.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
It looks like it is snowing outside. When over a dozen blossoming apple trees and a strong wind meet, that's the effect I am seeing out my windows.
I'm out of time again, sorry to say, so I'll post some music . I'm off work tomorrow so will have a regular afternoon posting which fits much better with me.
I haven't had Randy Newman for a while. Here's Feels Like Home and Lines in the Sand. I could have used the second song for today's Shutterchance post. It would have been perfect for several this week. Randy's website is down but here's a Wikipedia article on him.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I normally water my house plants on Sunday. I've just finished the job moments ago so please believe me when I say I'm behind and don't have a lot of time to post. I have the top part of the dishwasher emptied and have the bottom to go so music will have to suffice today.
Our weather is just plain weird. It's hot, then it's cold. It's cloudy and rainy and then the sun is brilliantly shining. I'm not talking about one week or even one day. I'm talking in the expanse of one or two hours. A friend was mowing her lawn, wearing shorts and dying of the heat. Before she finished she was freezing and wanting a jacket.
Today we have two completely different songs with the same name. Dr. John brings us the Come Rain or Come Shine we'll all recognize. David Francey brings us his own tune, Come Rain or Come Shine. I've seen him live several times and he's awesome!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The house is filled with the smell of lilacs and it is wonderful!!! I had excavation work done a few years ago and they had to take my purple lilac bush which I've never replaced so I only have a tree of white lilacs now. I planted a hedge of purple ones on a property I lived on twenty five years ago and it is now a tree hedge. I'd love to knock on the door of the house on that property and ask for a big bouquet, telling them I planted them. I won't though.
We've had hot humid weather for a couple of days and now it's cool again and we're expecting showers. It doesn't much matter to me when I'm working. I'm off on Friday and Saturday this week so I'm calling for fantastic weather. Friends are having a party on Friday night and it would be nice to be able to have it extend to the back yard. I'm ready for a party though, whether it's inside or out.
I have no lilac songs. I have Scarlet Begonias and Sugar Magnolias from the Grateful Dead though. Will that do?
Monday, June 09, 2008
Gosh it's nine am already and I'm not half through all I have to do this morning before work at noon. I'm going to have to get up earlier than five-thirty if I want to post anything longer than a photo and some music links. Since I can't go backward in time and actually slept in a bit, this is the best I can do.
I'm going to feature the wonderful Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks today. Today's photo of apple blossoms on my Shutterchance blog goes better with the first song than today's photo of apple blossoms here. I loved this group so much back in the seventies but only hear of them when I visit Dan's website. Garden in the Rain is the song for today but let me tell you that the song has nothing to do with our weather. We are sunny and warm and it's like heaven here. Fun songs are a trademark of Dan and His Hot Licks. Here's My Cello in that vein. Here's a couple more... How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away, The Piano Has Been Drinking, C'mon a My House, and some serious ones, Walk Right In, I Scare Myself, and Our Love Is Here To Stay. I'll end with a phrase all Dan Fans will know....Thanks, Dan.
I hope to have more time tomorrow.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
My morning has gone by way to quickly and I've little time left to post. The photo is the last shot I took on my beach walk yesterday. It was lovely as you can imagine. When the tide is this low some sand bars are visible that can be seen very seldom. Clam diggers would be out in great numbers for these low June tides. A fellow came to my workplace the other day offering a bucket of bar clams to whoever wanted them. I had my two days off fully planned and cooking and preparing bar clams just would not fit in so I didn't take him up on the offer but someone did.
An unplugged version of The Beach is Free by Billy Bragg is the song of the day. Wishing I could take you all to the beach brings the second song. I'll Take You There by The Staple Singers was a favorite song of mine in the early seventies. I came across this version by Cece and Bebe Winans and it's very good if you like that funky soul sound.
Friday, June 06, 2008
I am having a perfect day. It is 20 degrees, there are a few wispy clouds floating by now and then, the birds are at the peak of their spring symphony and I've spent nearly the whole day outside. I'm going to the beach after supper. The lowest tide of the year was yesterday and today too is very, very low with dead low at 7:31. I'll be there and stay till sunset. I hope those occasional wispy clouds are still there then.
The cats have been brushed for the first time this spring and they're as happy about this day as I am. I was pruning trees and they were climbing them to the top, leaping from branch to branch and feeling in top form. I'm thinking of asking some friends along to the beach versus going by myself. I haven't decided. I'd like both.
Martha Wainwright has a brand new album, I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too. You know already how much I like her. I got these songs from another blog a couple of weeks ago but can't remember which so sadly can't credit. Visit her linked site. It's quite cool. The whole album plays too. I heard the first part of her interview on Jian Ghomeshi's CBC show, Q, this afternooon. Bleeding All Over You is the song that the album title is from and is fabulous and here's So Many Friends, also from the new album.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
I'm getting back into shape after 'the long, weird winter'. My daily shift at work averages walking sixteen kilometers. I've dropped a pant size in just a few weeks. Today is my first day off in eight days. I worked seven straight - nine and a half hours, sixteen kilometers a day. This is also my excuse for the lack of posts. I'm too tired when I get home and I'm just not into posting in the morning. Morning posting doesn't fit in well with my day. What I may do is to have some strictly musical posts on days that I'm tired.
My son will be happy tonight. I'm cooking chicken and ribs, made potato salad, Monday salad (a weird name for a salad I make, I know), asparagus for me, and have cleaned all day. All taken care of for him. His co-workers tell me they're thinking he will be in a great mood tomorrow.
I had a request for a song that has disappeared. I'm happy to bring back any song that has been removed. There were a couple of hundred removed and I posted every one of them because I liked them and wanted to share what I have. If I could only get my vinyl and cassettes into mp3's - then we'd be talkin'. I have some great old stuff.
What goes with the request, Every Little Bit Hurts by Ellis Hall? That's too funny to think about because did I mention I've walked about sixteen kilometers a day for the last seven? I could include today as well with the zooming I've been doing around here. This is my first glance at the computer since 8:30 or so this morning. Every Little Bit Hurts is an understatement. Here's a couple: When The Pain Dies Down, 500 Miles, My Hips Don't Lie, and I'll Run Your Hurt Away.
One More Day by The Wood Brothers is the new song for today. Listen to this song and hear what's been happening. One More Day is how much more off time I have. Worked here today and tomorrow is for me......the beach.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
I forgot to post yesterday, not being accustomed to blogging in the morning. I remembered after I got to work.
Last week my boss asked me what days I'd like off. I told her I'd like the sunny days. She gave me Tuesday and Wednesday instead. Yesterday the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday was rain. She phoned and asked if it would be possible to change my days off to Thursday and Friday. I had just checked the long range forecast and those days were to be sunny. Of course I said yes! Imagine my surprise this morning (Tuesday) , when I woke to the sun is shining brightly. It's going to cloud over this afternoon and rain tomorrow. Right now though, it's beautiful. Yesterday it looked like it was clearing so I put sheets on the clothesline and went to work. It rained all afternoon. I do have faith that this weather will change, summer weather will arrive and I will enjoy it.
If you've been reading here for a time you know I collect certain songs that I love. Sam Cook's wonderful, wonderful, A Change is Gonna Come is one of them. You also know that a couple hundred of the songs were removed from my pages because I don't own the copyright to them. I'm slowly trying to replace the essential ones. I have twenty versions of A Change Is Gonna Come and one I really consider essential is the one by Sam Cook himself. Here are some others: Terence Trent D'Arby, a great live version by Al Green, one from the Queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, the American Idol audition by Taylor Hicks and added for today - the orchestra accompanied, essential Sam Cook and a neat version by Ben Sollee. It is reggae influenced and has a violin as a primary instrument.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Cloudy and rainy all week. How is that for a forecast after the past month being filled with mostly cloud and rain? Depressing is the answer. My boss asked me what days off I would like this week. I told her I'd like the sunny days off. I got Tuesday and Wednesday instead. It is great weather for ducks.
I met a cyclist from Maine yesterday. He'd cycled here and was tenting each night. He left the same weather in Maine but hoped it would improve as time went on. It hasn't and the poor man has been freezing. It's quite ok when you're actually cycling but not when you're sleeping in a tent.
I met another cyclist who is cycling across Canada for charity, He is raising money for local food banks. Here is his website. In the latest post, the American cyclist he mentions is the one from Maine who I introduced him to.
Today feels like Sunday so my body time/ brain time is back on schedule. It's amazing how the days of the week have distinct feelings. The ones most distinct for me are Friday and Sunday. I like both days and the feelings they bring.
A couple of songs for the cyclists today - not that they will hear them or know I've dedicated songs to them. Here is Weak in the Knees and This Wheel's on Fire by Serena Ryder. It could only be more perfect if her name was Serena Cycler. I find her voice quite similar to Brandi Carlile's.