New singer songwriter musician Anna Calvi is something special

She started as a violin player and switched to guitar.  The singer who has had the greatest influence is Maria Callas she told NPR’s Lyn Neary.  She says Maria has a confrontational quality in her voice, not afraid of being raw and vulnerable.  A risk taker like her.   She says starting her album with a long piece of guitar heavy  instrumental music was to achieve a hypnotic effect and bring the listener into her world.   She has said her self titled debut album was the culmination of 3 years of work in her parents basement.  It was already critically acclaimed abroad and released in the U.S. March 1, 2011.  NME says it may just be the first great album of 2011. The first single in the U.S. is called “Blackout.” 

Calvi is known for her intensity as a musician along with a combination of sensous and seductive live show.
 She is known for a different guitar style where she hits the strings in a circular motion, as opposed to strumming.

Songs like like “Desire” have a “melodic motif that keeps on building and building “ metaphorically.   It keeps adding instruments until it’s “Bursting” at the end.   “Playing live is a fulfilling experience for me because it allows me to be fearless and strong”  

This is just the start of a great moment when music needed something new. 

Predicting the American Idol Top 13 - Top 10 plus Wildcards

ELEVEN of the top 24 will be cut Thursday night by American Idol  (Did you realize they were going to eliminate ELEVEN ?)  

Fans will select their top 5 boys, top five Girls, and the judges will pick 3 wild cards.    I think I got this.   Here are 14 potential season 2011 Idols that will make up the 13 as I see it.  


Casey Abram the bass player

Clint Jun Gamboa the karoke idol

Jacob Lusk the gospel / luther vandross

James Durbin - the high voice autistic

Paul McDonald-the carefree smooth soul voice

Scotty McCreery- the country baritone

the girls

Ashthon Jones  who has the x factor

Pia Toscano who sang stand by me

Karen Rodriguez wowed em

BOTH laurens

Lauren Turner

Lauren Alaina

Thia Megia

Naima Adedapo

Haley Reinhart (on the bubble ---my 14th out of 13)