Often when I'm home alone, sewing up a new project, I like the serene silence of a quiet house. Better yet, if the weather permits, I love to open the windows and listen to the calming sounds of nature; the birds, the crickets, the breeze blowing through the trees...
Other times, I like to crank up the tunes and bust a move as I sew. At these times, I pop in the Jill Scott, India Arie, Eva Cassidy, Joss Stone, Annie Lennox or Robbie Williams. So, the CDs by these artists are played a lot and I was getting bored with my selection. So, off to Amazon.ca I went, looking for recommendations. You probably already know this, but Amazon will suggest CDs to you based on your prior buying habits. I often find interesting new (or perhaps new-to-me is a better description) artists this way. If I see something that looks promising, I bring up the YouTube and give a listen to a few tracks. If I like what I hear, I buy the CD.
My latest acquisitions include the following artists: Adele, Jully Black, Divine Brown, Melody Gardot, Sia and Lizz Wright. If you like bluesy, jazzy, soulful female voices, give these artists a listen - you might hear something you like.
On a final note (pun totally intended), I have to admit to one guilty musical pleasure that I have indulged in lately. I have been listening to Tom Jones incessantly - from his early years right through to his latest CD. The other day I had the CD cranking in my truck when my best friend got in and she asked who was playing. When I told her it was Tom Jones, she said, "Really? Isn't he kind of...ya know...cheesy?" Well, he may very well be, but he has one of the most amazing voices ever. This man can sing just about every modern male artist under the table and then some. And don't even get me started on those hips: