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Tuesday in the Course Formerly Known As Editing, we were reviewing a quiz sentence that had the word "anchovies" in it. This led to my inevitable query about who in the class likes anchovies; no one ever does. The led me to riff about mojo (anchovies being, in my opinion, a mojo fish), which somehow led to a riff on the blues, which somehow led to my declaring that certainly no one in the class could name a T-Bone Walker song.

The student next to me immediately said, "Stormy Monday." Bingo!

Thursday, before class started, I asked him how he knew that. From Duane Allman's introduction of the song on the Allmans' "Live at the Fillmore East," he replied. We immediately started talking about guitarists from that era, and I mentioned Jeff Beck. He replied that Beck is now working with a bassist who is 23, female and an incredible player. So last night I went online to Amazon.com to look for new Jeff Beck product.

Beck has a new live record out with an accompanying video, and Amazon offers about a four-minute excerpt from the video of a performance involving Beck and a singer named Imogen Heap. It is a cool, cool song—good enough that I'm tempted to buy the video just to have it.

Does anyone know anything about this singer? If I want to start listening to her, where do I start?


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Oct. 31st, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
Imogen Heap
Try searching YouTube for 'Imogen Heap'. She has made 4 albums (including one as part of the duo 'Frou Frou'), and I suggest trying them in the order

1. Speak For Yourself (2005)
2. Ellipse (2009)
3. Details (by Frou Frou) (2002)
4. I Megaphone (1998)

There is also a large amount of collaborative and miscellaneous work that is not on these albums. You can find a discography at Imogenheap.com

Also check out her numerous vBlogs and live performances on YouTube.
Oct. 31st, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Imogen Heap
Many thanks for the recommendations.
Oct. 31st, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
I really like Imogen Heap a lot. I have a bunch of songs by her.

I don't know much about her or her history, but I do know she is involved in a band called Frou Frou.

From her Imogen Heap days, I do like the song Angry Angel a lot. I highly recommend it. From her Frou Frou days, I recommend anything she does, particularly the song Let Go.
Oct. 31st, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendations, Mr. Shell.
Oct. 31st, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Speeding Cars, Headlock and Hide and Seek are my personal favorites. She does a version of "Hallelujah". I can't decide if I like it, though.
Oct. 31st, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Two of those tracks are on their way here; "Speeding Cars" must be on one of the discs I didn't order. Can't wait to hear the other ones.
Oct. 31st, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
Oooh, somebody new - color me curious...
Oct. 31st, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Yowser. (Note to self: I wonder if Tyler is into Jeff Beck - gotta ask.)
Nov. 1st, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
iTunes will thank you. Because I'm going to have to have some of that music as well ... and very soon.
Nov. 1st, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
I got up today and the song from the video clip was playing in my head.
Nov. 1st, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Now that I can get the link again (YouTube was down a minute or so ago), check out this one:

And do you know if the song from Amazon shows up for purchase anywhere? If not, I'm voting for Beck and Heap to do an entire CD -- they work so well together.
Nov. 1st, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
I haven't looked for the tune alone, but it's good enough I may wind up buying my first music DVD.
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