I met Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman, and J.D. Samson in Tucson, AZ in 2001. They signed autographs and even took the time to chat with me for a few minutes. I showed Kathleen my drawing, and she signed it “Born in Flames.” I matted and framed it. I would have loved to meet the other members of Bikini Kill. They were my favorite band in high school. And I immediately checked out “Born in Flames” from the library. You should watch it if you haven’t already.
I was starstruck, as it was my first time meeting a celebrity. Kathleen said she was impressed by my drawing and that I was a good artist. I’ll have to scan it sometime; it’s in my closet. Then she said something about having a hoarse voice and needing health insurance. I was too busy gazing adoringly at her to remember much else. Oh, and she was wearing Built By Wendy jeans.
How very zen. Martha Wainwright’s rendition is the best, in my opinion.
Someone should write a biography of the Wainwright-McGarrigle dynasty. I’m sure they’d make a fortune. Their family history is fascinating.
I met Martha and her husband Brad Albetta at SXSW in 2008. I had never met a celebrity before and was completely starstruck. I was a nervous wreck, but she was an absolute doll. She was ill with the flu, but still took the time to sign my record sleeve. x
What can I say about Marianne Faithful that hasn’t been said before? Her brilliant career has been long over-shadowed by her tumultuous relationship with Mick Jagger, as well as her struggles with heroin addiction and anorexia. She somehow managed to turn her hardships into triumphs, solidly redefining her image as an accomplished musician and actress. She possesses a distinctively seasoned voice that Faithfull admits is the result of every whiskey she has ever drunk, every cigarette she has ever puffed. “My voice is loaded with time, mature like brie cheese,” she has said. Her superb renditions of Broken English, The Ballad of Lucy Jordan, and As Tears Go By will forever hold a place in my heart.
This bold, ambitious project is a love letter to Edith Piaf. As a die-hard fan of Ms. Wainwright I can attest to her incredible vocal range and fluency of the French language. The album title literally translates to “Barefoot, Without a Gun, in Paris.” In the wistful ballad, C’est Toujours la Même Histoire, you can hear the sorrow and desperation in her voice as she sings of her lost love. Most of the time I don’t understand what she’s singing about, but it sure is beautiful. Her voice is vibrant and full of passion, evocative of Chryssie Hynde and Kate Bush. This tribute to Piaf is a diamond. I truly believe that Ms. Wainwright is the only living singer with the musical chops to pull off these songs, which were recorded live at Dixon Place in NYC, June 2009. The CD was released in the US in Spring 2010. An accompanying DVD was released as well.
1. “La Foule”
2. “Adieu Mon Cœur”
3. “Une Enfant”
5. “Le Brun et le Blond”
6. “Les Grognards”
7. “C’est Toujours la Même Histoire”
9. “C’est à Hambourg”
10. “Non, La Vie N’est Pas Triste”
11. “Soudain Une Vallée”
12. “Marie Trottoir”
13. “Le Metro de Paris”
14. “Le Chant D’Amour”
15. “Les Blouses Blanches”