I love listening to music, but lately it seems as if I hardly get the chance to have control over the selection – between kids who dominate the radio or iPod when we’re driving, and a hubby whose taste in music differs greatly from mine. So when I have the opportunity to check out a new CD, I’m always thrilled. There’s something to be said for ‘having’ to listen to new music – and being able to insist on my own choice for once. And when it turns out to be music that I love, it just makes it that much better. Lately, my family has been treated to the debut CD from singer-songwriter Diane Birch.
What it is:
Diane Birch was born in my home state of Michigan, but didn’t stay here for long. Her childhood was spent on the move – living between Zimbabwe, South Africa and Australia, before her preacher father finally settled his family in Portland, Oregon. She describes herself as an ‘old soul’ and even her first album sounds like an ‘old favorite’ – compared to a combination of early Carole King, Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks, with a little Joss Stone and Cat Power mixed in.
Diane’s debut CD is entitled ‘Bible Belt’, and was written entirely by Diane herself. The album was recorded in New York City and New Orleans and produced by S-Curve Records founder Steve Greenberg, soul legend Betty Wright and Mike Mangini, in their first project together since producing Joss Stone’s first albums.
There are thirteen songs on the CD:
Nothing But A Miracle
Don’t Wait Up
This is the first song, ‘Fire Escape’ for your listening pleasure:
Here’s my take on it:
My usual taste in music tends toward kind of a rock/alternative preference, but I’m open to just about any genre. I don’t listen to much in the way of jazz – and at first listen, that’s what Diane Birch’s album reminded me of. Kind of a bluesy sort of jazz that’s written and performed in a way that I think should appeal to just about anyone. I know that I certainly enjoy every single song – and the more often I listen to them, I find myself enjoying (and singing along to) them even more.
I find it hard to put this album into a single category – it’s as unique and eclectic as Diane herself. She seems to have brought flavors from everywhere she’s lived and everything she’s experienced and skillfully entwined them together into songs that don’t just entertain, but touch your soul as well. This is exactly the kind of music that I want to expose my kids to and hopefully will help mold their own tastes and preferences as they get older.
The bottom line:
Diane Birch’s ‘Bible Belt ’ CD is a debut album that brings a wide variety of musical styles and genres together into an eclectic mix that has something for everyone. It’s the kind of music that you don’t just listen to – you experience.
Where can you find it?:
Would you like to try it?:
I have the opportunity to give a copy of Diane Birch’s Bible Belt CD away to a lucky reader! If you’d like to check out Diane’s music for yourself or to share with a friend, here are the rules:
- Enter by leaving a comment here to let me know what you think of the song ‘Fire Escape’ (embedded above). Please don’t just say ‘choose me’, or your entry will be discarded.
- The contest will run until Saturday, June 27th at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be selected through random drawing, contacted by e-mail, listed on this post and also submitted to PRIZEY. US entries only, please.
- Please leave a valid e-mail address or other way to contact you! If you don’t wish to leave your e-mail address, please make sure that you leave a unique name and check back with PRIZEY to see if you won. If the winner hasn’t responded within 3 days, an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing.
- If you’d like extra entries, you can:
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So that’s a total of 7 comments/entries if you do all of the extra entry options.
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED – the random number generator has chosen comment #4 as the winner:
Congrats to Anna, whose extra entry via Twitter has won for her! I will be e-mailing you shortly to work out the details.