Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Revenge Songs.

If you haven't had an introduction to Patrica Barber, pity you. This performance of "Gotcha" is pretty wonderful. Barber wrote this for a friend who was going through a very bad divorce, "It's pure revenge," says Barber. "People like revenge songs." People really like great music and great lyrics. Barber is brilliant and very sexy. She's got the moves, even while sitting at a piano. If you have never heard her sing "Postmodern Blues," you might want to seek it out. Her new album, "Mythologies" is so, so fine. Barber became the only songwriter ever to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she took the opportunity to create an ambitious and affecting work, a song cycle based on Greek mythology where each of the 11 mythological characters in Ovid’s Metamorphoses is fleshed out in music. I doubted it. I was wrong.

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