Thursday, February 29, 2024

29 February 2024 - Harry Styles & Kacey Musgraves - You're Still The One

You know I'm getting excited for Maple Leaf March on Wicked Guilty Pleasures.  

One artist I've never featured in a March on her own is Shania Twain, and she is a Canadian megastar - arguably the biggest.  

I gotta fix that.

Here are an American and a Brit covering a Canadian classic.  Beautifully.  

Thursday, February 22, 2024

22 February 2024 - Elisapie - Uummati Attanarsimat (Heart of Glass)

So, this is where I am starting to get excited for March.   On the other blog, I dedicate the entire month of March to Canadian artists - and I say I do it for no reason, but I do it for good reason.  They are a country with two official languages (English, French), a third widely spoken (Punjabi) and a 4th widely recognized and supported (Inuktitut).  It's truly a multicultural country, and there are a LOT more languages spoken there than the four I mention.

Today, though, I'm talking about one of those four.  Elisapie is a native Inuk, and grew up in a First Nations community in northern Quebec.  Her music embraces the traditions and language of her people - and she sings in three languages.  She chose just one for her 2023 album Inuktitut - but she also chose to translate English-language songs from a wide variety of genres - from disco to metal, pop and classic rock, and yes, even Metallica.  It is easily one of my five favorite albums of 2023.

She also covered this postpunk classic by Blondie, and it's delightful.