Tuesday, May 27, 2008

another child of the big sky

Australian psych blogger Alison, of Woman and Child First, got me thinking about one of my favorite musical artists, Kasey Chambers. Chambers was raised in the big sky of Australia's Southern Outback, learned when I saw her perform at the Old Settlers Music Festival a few years ago. Chambers' best known song may be Not Pretty Enough but she has been on my most played CD list since the day I heard her song, Captain, on my car radio. It was one of those musical "driveway moments" for me, a term I first heard on an NPR broadcast. I talked a little bit about driveway moments in a previous post, but didn't give the term its proper credit.

"You're driving along, listening to a story on NPR. Suddenly, you find yourself at your destination, so riveted to a piece that you sit in your idling car to hear it all the way through. That's a Driveway Moment."

Here is Chambers singing one of the songs my kids like best, Pony:

And this video is Chambers performing with her husband Shane Nicholson. They've just released an album together (found out just now as I surfed for this post .. yay .. blog perk of the day) where she's returning to her alternative country roots, the genre I'm drawn to again and again.

So tell me about one of your driveway moments.


laurie said...

oooh, i like kasey chambers. don't think i've had a driveway moment with her, though.

i reserve my driveway moments for billy bragg. you've just got to let that man finish his thoughts!

Deb said...

Always great to learn of new music. One the best things about blogging worldwide is getting in on such things.

bluemountainsmary said...

A friend just sent me via the blog a you tube link to a song which appears on an album called No Man's Woman. That whole album (except for perhaps a Tex Perkins song!) is a driveway moment.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I have them all the time.

One was an episode of This American Life that drove my daughter and I inside to the computer to view the related slideshow.

phd in yogurtry said...

mary - I think I found the album, a collection of various artists. The Tex Perkins hint is how I knew, LOL.

Disc 1
1. Angus Stone – ‘river’ – Joni Mitchell
2. Powderfinger – ‘glorybox’ – Portishead
3. The Vines – ‘4ever’ – The Veronicas
4. Expatriate – ‘missing’ – Everything But The Girl
5. Lior – ‘landslide’ – Fleetwood Mac
6. Bob Evans – ‘car Wheels On A Gravel Road’ – Lucinda Williams
7. End Of Fashion – ‘hanging On The Telephone’ – Blondie
8. Dan Kelly – ‘nothing Compares To You’ – Sinead O’connor
9. Whitley – ‘hyperballad’ – Bjork
10. Josh Pyke – ‘wuthering Heights’ – Kate Bush
11. Paul Kelly – To Brign You My Love’ – Pj Harvey
12. Gyroscope – ‘cannonball’ – The Breeders
13. Grinspoon – ‘boys In Town’ – Divinyls
14. Tex Perkins – ‘i Am Woman’ – Helen Reddy

phd in yogurtry said...

Jenn - This American Life, is that an NPR program? A drama series?

Alison said...

Hey girl! Ya ya! Thanks for this post, I'd not know of either of these songs. She's maturing so spiffingly.

Gotta get the above mentioned album too - you're my woman for Oz music hee hee...! (Lerv Texy Perkins oh yeah).