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Thread: Lhasa de la Sela dies- a short epitaph

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    Lhasa de la Sela dies- a short epitaph

    So you don't know her? That is likely. She was one of the most interesting musical artists I have ever run across, and her music will be sorely missed in my own life, though I am sure to continue listening to her 3 CDs till the day I die. She was only 37, and hearing the news on the radio was a jolt for me this morning.
    I bring it up here, because in this community there are people who might have loved her music that has never heard of her, and that would be a shame.
    Her music was often dark, mysterious, and soulful. Often sung in languages I did not understand--that never mattered.
    If you want to explore her music, I would suggest her album, "The Living Road" as a place to start, and the song "Anywhere on this road" as one to consider. The first "La Laronna" was entirely in Spanish. The Living road was Spanish, French and English. The last, which is very slow paced, I have not heard just yet, but considering she was dying when she recorded it, the pace is forgivable. It is all in English. I will buy it today.
    Here is a link to a strange and haunting video, I am not sure if she drew this or not, but it is an introduction to her, from her last CD.
    You can hear her music here: http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/sear...s/?query=lhasa
    The video
    http://tinyurl.com/y9ovuz9
    also:
    http://www.nationalpost.com/arts/story.html?id=2407746
    Last edited by Rob in Denver; 01-06-2010 at 09:06 AM.
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    A beautiful, haunting voice. I must admit Rob that I have missed out here as I hadnt heard of her but will definately look for some of her music.
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    I just posted a link to Grooveshark where you can listen to her music.
    Again--"Anywhere on this road" and La Confession" are vintage Lhasa, perhaps at her best.
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    Yet another great artist I find because they just died. Something messed up in that.

    The US airwaves are really pretty narrow and highly commercial. I have no problem with commercial in the cleanest conceptual way, but how many times can you listen to Stairway To Heaven as great as it is. Commercialism can become stifling on so many levels. And creating a consumeristic group waiting to be spoon fed is what it leads to.

    I applaud you for your venturing into some interesting creative spaces. The music in those spaces is not always good, and I used to waste a ton of money sifting through world and alternative music CDs at the record store. Hey, sometimes you find real gems. But it required an investment. And since I was able to listen freely while painting pictures for a living, I had the time for it. Alas, my current work is far more mental and I don't have that luxury. So I miss a lot.

    There are also a lot of old blues guys, Irish folk singers, and even country pickers who I never heard of except through a post like yours Rob. Thank God for the internet or I would never have heard of any of them.

    The term 'better late than never' takes on a tone that's really bittersweet. I hope I can listen to these people's music and not think, 'Ah, what an amazing voice! Too bad that. . .' or any variation of that.

    This is really synchronistic because I just got off the phone with my Editor and we talked about me having to generate work because the well is drying up some. It's very empowering to have a gem like this dangling in front of me about what's out there. I've been spoon fed for a long time on many levels.

    Thanks Rob. Very nice post. Great find. And 'on point' like you wouldn't believe.

    PS. What is it about Canada and animation? It's brilliant stuff and consistently different. Surreal, dreamlike.
    Last edited by D Akey; 01-06-2010 at 09:40 AM.
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    I hope your well, DAkey doesn't go as dry as mine has--scary! I discovered her from a review in a Guitar magazine. Her first CD went gold in Canada, but here in the U.S. was mostly unknown. She lived in Europe and was better known there.
    An interesting person, and one who could conjure other worlds. I confess, I would rather hear singers sing in Languages I do not understand, it lets me think whatever I will about what is sung, and I prefer that. That said, the pace of the last album, and it all being in English, did not call to me as much. The first two are Gems.
    Last edited by Rob in Denver; 01-06-2010 at 12:22 PM.
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    Great link Rob! I never have heard of her either but she does have a hauntingly pretty voice. I agree also with DA here on our commercialized airwaves. We seem force fed music that is manufactured purely to make money. I don't even know what the word "alternative" means anymore because they have commercialized that as well. I do think the internet has stirred up the music industry a bit though and it has become much easier to search for different types of music and artists. Sometimes I get lost in ITunes or other music sites just randomly listening to people or bands I have never heard of. Thanks for the post! ... and about that cup of coffee (or lunch but I wouldn't let you buy it!)
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    Interesting... thanks for sharing! I think if you like her stuff, you'd probably like Hope Sandoval... either with Mazzy Star, or on her own. Some fantastic stuff.

    I gave up on "commercial" radio years ago. Hurray for the internet indeed. I've probably mentioned KEXP's "Live Performances" podcast; they get a really great range of up and coming bands on, and have them play four or five songs, enough to really get a feel for the music. KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" is also podcast, with a similar format.
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    What a beautiful and talented young woman she was. It's a sad day knowing she was taken so early in her life. She sure led a nomad life, that's for sure! Her voice is just beautiful and she sings with such passion and emotion. I watched the Rising video and it was very compelling to say the very least. The two artists, Alex McLean and Kathleen Weldon, are simply amazing, too. I can watch that video all day and be entertained by both the music and art. I went out to her Facebook site and they also had two more videos that I would recommend anyone else to watch as well.

    Lhasa's FB: http://www.myspace.com/lhasadeselamusic

    I listened to songs from all three albums and I am just in awe of Lhasa's musical talent. She used to sing Billy Holiday songs in a bar in CA and you can tell she was definitely influenced by Billy - who I love to listen to as well. With her newest album, I really like Rising and Love Came Here.

    Thanks, Rob, for sharing this with us. I love to listen to alternative music and only wished I had known about her sooner.

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    Thanks to all who have provided leads on singers they like, I will take the time to listen to them all, happily. Thanks Eilleen for the Myspace page with more videos, most of which I have not seen, and was delighted to discover.
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    Rob thanks for the post. I was not familiar with this astounding young artist. The brief listenings in the last hour were moving experiences, especially in the context of her life, illness and passing. I was particularly taken with the song "Anywhere On This Road". The video as others have said is a marvel. My only counterpart for her in my immediate experience is Tom Waits - an artist who reaches deep down into places most can never access and somehow finds a way to bring it up from the depths, lay it bare, and move you to your bones. I will try to get her albums and engage her spirit with with more time, attention and depth. Thank you for bringing her to our attention.
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