Adeli’s Music Blog

Happy 30th Birthday, Norah!

Posted in music by adeli on March 30, 2009

Norah Jones was born on March 30, 1979 in Brooklyn, NY, where she resides now. She was raised in Texas by her mom. Her father is the world-renowned sitar player Ravi Shankar.

The singer-songwriter launched her career with the 2002 debut album Come Away with Me. The adult contemporary/pop/jazz album sold 25 million copies worldwide and received five Grammy Awards, including “Best New Artist.” This is one of my favorite albums; it soothed me through my nights of insomnia, when nothing else did. Thanks, Norah! The following was one of my favorite songs from that album.

These were also from that album:

Turn Me On

Come Away With Me

Cold Cold Heart

Her sophomore album, Feels like Home, was released in 2004. This album had Jones as the main songwriter and had a completely different feel to it. In fact, it was a different band and it was in an entirely different genre – country/blues. Sunrise was from that album. In 2007, she released her third album, Not Too Late. Thinking About You and Sinking Soon are some good tunes from that album

In between these two albums, she recorded The Little Willies, with a band of the same name, her then boyfriend Lee Alexander and some of her buddies put together an country album, which included covers of old country tunes and some new ones of their own composing. Her mentor is Willie Nelson, hence the name of the band.

Here are some songs from that album:

Gotta Get Drunk

It’s Not You, It’s Me

Easy as the Rain

Here’s Norah singing the Elvis classic “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”.

Great Albums of 2007

Posted in music by adeli on December 31, 2007

Here are 10 standout albums for the year. These albums are in no particular order, and they standout for different reasons. Some are solid debuts: Amy Winehouse (U.S. debut) and Lily Allen. And while this wasn’t Mandy Moore’s debut, she took on more creative control of her music and did a great job with Wild Hope.

As I Am – Alicia Keys  No One

Back to Black – Amy Winehouse  Rehab

Italia – Chris Botti  Italia

The Reminder – Feist My Moon My Man

Alright, Still – Lily Allen     Smile

Wild Hope – Mandy Moore      Extraordinary

Not Too Late – Norah Jones   Sinkin’ Soon

In Rainbows – Radiohead

Raising Sand – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss     Polly Come Home     Interview

Icky Thump – The White Stripes         Icky Thump