Music & Words

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When melody says it all #music365 #day46

I truly love lyrics. Words have magic that add a special layer to music. But there are special songs that are complete without them, too. Like Optimist from Zoë Keating.

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Who is Zoë Keating?

Let me borrow her neat introduction from her website:

Cellist and composer Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music. Zoë is known for both her use of technology – which she uses to sample her cello onstage – and for her DIY approach, releasing her music online without the help of a record label.

What’s the song about?

The Optimist was written to Zoë’s son.

There’s something out there that I’m trying to say with music. It’s hard to articulate because I don’t even know what it is. I discover what it is as I’m saying it through the music. It’s always one step removed. (From an interview with the Garrison Institute.)

Why should you listen to it?

You’ll find a happy song with a rhythm that matches your heartbeat. (Or your heartbeat will match the rhythm, either way, they’ll be as one.)


How to keep in touch with Zoë?

Follow her updates on tumblr, twitter and facebook.

BTW, what is #music365?

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Good question! #music365 is my year-long challenge to find and share one new song every day. I sometimes skip a day but always catch up! Listen to all the songs on Soundcloud, Spotify or YouTube and tell me your favourite. I don’t think it’s easy to choose one!

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What did you think?

Did you like Optimist from Zoë Keating? Let me know what you think.  

About Miss Andi

Learning to be unapologetically me but healthier. Shamelessly personifying my dog, Mia, who is my soulmate, though doesn't let me read as much as I used to. One day I'll finish a novel that will not save the world - but might make it smile.

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