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Buying music on impulse can be a wonderful thing. So can sales on Amazon. That’s how I ended up with the soundtrack to a movie I haven’t seen…The Fault In Our Stars. I got it because Lykke Li has a song on it…No One Ever Loved. That’s very beautiful and led me to so much more, including the gorgeous All Our Stars by Ed Sheeran, the fun, catchy Boom Clap by Charli XCX, and the rest. I love the whole soundtrack. It’s Not About Angels that’s totally grabbed hold of my heart, though. Some songs will take me by surprise. Not content with just my ears, they become a full on emotional experience that takes mere earwormery to other levels. Birdy is an artist I’m just discovering and I expect to be enjoying her beautiful voice for a long time.

Birdy Not About Angels Video

The first time I saw this Sia video for Chandelier I was so caught up in watching the young dancer that I didn’t really hear the song. I’ve loved Sia’s music all the way back to Zero 7, and I really like this song, now that I’ve actually paid attention to it.

That girl, though…. Even in our world of constant, overwhelming entertainment, you just do not come across that level of talent every day. The only reality TV I watch is America’s Got Talent. So even though I don’t see all the interpretive dancers out there, I recognize a remarkably talented one when I stumble across a performance. It looks completely spontaneous, which means it’s probably meticulously choreographed.

Maybe it’s the hair, though it’s platinum not red. Or maybe it’s the stylized motions that give off a not quite one of us vibe. Whatever it is, something about the dancer reminds me of Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element. Ethereal, other worldly, and a little scary. Beautiful, though. The dancer, the song, and the video as a whole.

My favorite music video I’ve seen all year.

This video is a fun compilation of Alfred Hitchcock’s famous cameos in his own movies. Sometimes it’s easy to spot him, sometimes it’s nearly impossible. Fortunately he’s highlighted in each scene. So…”Good evening…” and happy Hitchcock spotting.

I just saw that this is trending on YouTube. The Red Panda Acrobat advanced through the ranks on this year’s America’s Got Talent, until a series of problems ended a fascinating run. I must admit that of all the things an acrobat might choose to focus on as a signature talent, balancing bowls on her leg then flipping them onto her head…while riding a unicycle…in high heels…would never occur to me. The novelty aspect was what first got my attention, but this lady has serious skills.

Red Panda Acrobat Flips Five Bowls Onto Her Head

A bad side effect of loving Australian rock music so much is that you can’t just run out to a store and buy it on a whim. Assuming you can even find a store with an extremely eclectic choice of in stock music. Unfortunately, even an online behemoth like Amazon won’t have it all. Often too much of what they do have carries the dreaded word IMPORT in the title of its description. I’ve seen single songs by the most beloved artists offered as physical CDs for hundreds, even more than a thousand dollars. That’s so far out of my league I can’t even see the league.

For some reason today, after pining away for more music from my favorite Aussie singer/songwriter/bandfrontman Paul Dempsey, I had the brilliant if badly delayed lightbulb go off.

To YouTube! Away.

So I just spent some time binge watching a bunch of his apparently many live covers. Stripped down…the songs not the man…acoustic gems that literally make me happy just from listening to them. For all that I love so much music so much, it’s not every performer who can make my day just by opening his mouth and singing.

As much as I love his band Something for Kate, it’s when Paul Dempsey sings alone, a man and his well worn guitar, that I’m really struck by the sheer brilliance of his performances and what immense talent he has. Simply put, I think he is not only one of the best singer songwriter acoustic guitarists of his generation, but of our time.

A few of my favorites from today’s blissful binge:

Paul Dempsey Cover of Bette Davis Eyes

Paul Dempsey–Stop (acoustic Sam Brown cover)

Paul Dempsey–Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie Cover)