Ava Cherry is Cool.

Ava Cherry is a little known singer and dancer from the 70s. Her main claim to obscure fame was being David Bowie’s lovah during and after his relationship with Angie Bowie. She was a member of the Astronettes, the name of Bowie’s background singers along with the great and powerful Luther Vandross. Unfortunately, that’s about as far as she got having little to no chart success after she went out on her own. She caught my interest and has remained a fascination to me for the last few years.

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Here she is stealing the spotlight on the Dick Cavett show with David Bowie. As you can see, the potential to be a huge star is there. I don’t think I’ll ever understand how the fame creature decides its prey.

The mood

The Velvet Underground are the ultimate mood makers, at least for me. Listening to them on evokes this powerful, dreamy, mysteriously motivating feeling. As an emotional wreck of a person, its a lot like therapy to listen to these guys. Some people turn to religion to help them through life, I look to music. It has the ability to transport me to a positive place which is difficult for me to achieve.

…and i’ve got this crazy feeling that i’m gonna ungh, nuh make her mine.

I’m currently reading Just Kids and its an intense and wonderful experience. I tend to submerge myself in books but reading in this particular instance… its a more spiritual feeling. There’s something about the way Patti Smith weaves her words that is indescribable. All I can say is that I highly recommend it. It’ll change your life.

We only said goodbye with words, I died a hundred times.

Yep, Amy Winehouse died.

I don’t think its as much a shock as it is a disappointment to her fans.

I was a faithful fan. I bought Back to Black. Legally. I listened to it daily. I memorized it. I loved it. It connected with me and gave me faith in the music industry.

I watched as she won Grammy after Grammy and gave her speeches live via satellite.

Then…she¬† spiraled…

and spiraled…

and Oh hey there was hope!

then spiral…a glimmer of hope for new stuff…

And now she has passed to the surprise of not many.

It’s always tragic when we lose someone that has just barely begun. Jimi, Janis, Jim, Kurt, even Brian. What would it be like if these people have lived? Would they still be legends? What did we lose by their deaths? All the unsung and unwritten songs.

Thankfully, they DID produce some of the best stuff to ever grace this earth. They’ve influenced people so much and yes, they’ve changed the world.

Just last night, my first night as 21 year old adult, my friend and I put some money in the jukebox and agreed to play Tears Dry on Their Own. As it played we talked about how much we loved that song and how it was totally our song and album senior year of high school and the theme song to my current break-up. We talked about how great it’ll be when she puts out a new album. We were willing to wait because we knew the wait would be worth it.

Rest in Peace, baby doll.

Outside gets inside through her skin…

Recently I discovered (or rediscovered) Kate Bush. Its funny cause when I was a kid, apparently I really enjoyed “The Sensual World,” so she’s always been in my life. I just didn’t realize just how much of a genius she is. When my mom or aunt would tell me I would love her I ignored them. I went through this weird phase where I didn’t really listen to any woman singers. I don’t know why, I was 15.

Anyway, the more I listen and watch and learn about her, the more I am struck with just how much of a Kate Bush fan Lady Gaga must be. I’m not a Lady Gaga hater but I’m not exactly on her team either. I’m not going to lie, for about a week or so I was on her team, but I’m over it.

There’s just all this praise surrounding her as well as controversy and a lot of times it ends up in a comparison between her and Madonna which I totally understand…but what about Kate Bush? She was before both of these controversial ladies and from what I see, Gaga seems to be leaning more towards the Kate Bush side of things. She’s an “artist” and piano woman. What all three have in common are the crazy, generally lyrical videos.

Kate Bush was first though.

I’m not really big on compare and contrast, but its so clear the influence that Kate Bush has had on the music industry. Yet, to me, she seems like a secret. She was one of the first women to bring a certain artistic quality to her music. She can actually hang with the big boys. Her lyrics tell stories and have underlying meanings and create these different worlds and she sings about controversial topics, like Them Heavy People which is a not so positive song about religion before Madonna’s lovely Like a Prayer and Lady Gaga’s Judas. The diffrence is that Kate’s didn’t seem to cause as much of a stir as Madge and Gaga’s…

This is more of an observation and musing then a persuasive essay. It’s just struck me how you rarely hear about Kate Bush, espeically here in America yet her influence is so prevalent!

All three ladies are very different though, but they have so many striking similarities, but Kate Bush is my favorite of all of them. She has the most talent. That gorgeous soprano voice, her dance skills, her writing and producing is phenomenal. She’s undoubtedly the most talented of the three. Its funny how the music industry is more about looks and attention then talent nowadays…but that’s a musing for another day.

This is the video for Breathing from the album Never For Ever. It’s also the video that made me realize just how similar Gaga is to her…

What I’m loving.

So the job is going great! I’ve still got a lot to learn but the more I’m there the easier it gets. I just have a shit memory and a lot of my job is pretty much do anything and everything which is totally peachy with me. When I’m at work, even when I don’t want to be, I’m there to work and I ALWAYS try to be busy no matter what.

Anyway, enough about trabajo.

I’ve been loving The Kills lately. Mostly because I’ve got this giant girl crush on Alison Mosshart. She’s the best. She’s got a great voice and she’s so natural and fantastic. She’s a real old fashioned rock star.

This song is from the album Midnight Boom. It’s the first song I heard from them and I was mesmerized. Take a listen and see how amazing Alison is.

I’ve also been really into the Noisettes for the past month or so. Shingai Shoniwa is the coolest front woman ever. She also plays bass and pretty bad ass-ly I must say. She’s basically how I wish I could be except I can’t sing, play bass, and I’m not British. They don’t make a lot of hers.

Fall in love with this bad mamajama.

I’m also obsessed with this picture:

Later!