Fancy Cat’s Corner: Norah Jones

How many times have you turned on the radio, simply desiring to listen to some quality music, only to be aurally assaulted by techno or dubstep or bubble-gum pop music (which seems to be all to popular in today’s world)?  Such music seems to find every nook and cranny in your brain, creating sound-tornadoes of suffering and anger – the precise reasons I prefer not to listen to said kinds of music.  And so we arrive at Fancy Cat’s message of this Fancy Cat’s Corner session – you should not offend your ears with the discordant noise of Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, and other robotic, mass-produced musicians.  Instead, I urge you to take a listen to artists such as the New York Voices (whom I discussed in detail in my previous Fancy Cat’s Corner), or also other jazz artists such as Norah Jones.

Norah Jones is one of those artists that just has that je ne sais quoi.  In other words, it’s extremely difficult to precise describe why Norah Jones’s voice is so attractive to the ear.  Perhaps it is her sultry, creamy voice.  Maybe it’s her stunning visual beauty.  Possibly it’s her warm, down-to-earth personality.  Of course, it could be none of these qualities that set Norah Jones apart from her competitors in the music field (although, let’s keep honesty in check here: Nicki Minaj and and Justin Bieber do not even deserve consideration as competitors to Norah Jones).  Somehow, Norah Jones just has a way of connecting with her audience in a way that is intangible to words and concrete description.

But we cannot learn to truly appreciate Norah Jones until we’ve learned a bit of her backstory, no?  First of all, she was born Geetali Norah Jones Shanker on March 30th, 1979 (iMDB).  Fittingly, the name “Geetali” in English means “song” or “melodious”.  I praise her father for successfully predicting her talent and path in life!  Norah Jones certainly embodied her original name and talents early on in life.  As iMDB elaborates –

“Norah Jones was raised by her mother in a Dallas suburb, and that’s where her musical talents began to reveal themselves. She performed in church choirs, learned to play the piano and guitar, and even briefly tried her hand at the alto saxophone. She attended Interlochen Arts Camp, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas, and the University of North Texas, where she majored in jazz piano, and won Best Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist (twice, in 1996 and 1997) and Best Original Composition (1996). At the age of sixteen, she officially shortened her name to Norah Jones, no longer carrying the Indian, “Geetali”. Nonetheless, the “melodious song” was very much alive, and moving full-steam ahead.” (iMDB).

And so Norah Jones continues to make beautiful music.  She recently has released a new album, Little Broken Hearts.  What awaits the listener inside the album is not anything but pure, blissful, sensual joy.  Reader, this Fancy Cat highly encourages you to take a listen.  Listen, and spread the word.  Actual music is out there!  Save your friends from the revolting horrors of mainstream music artists!

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