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NOSTALGIA AND CHICK MUSIC
8 March, 2007, 616 am
Filed under: Music, Uncategorized

Andrew Bird is nostalgia.

Derek introduced me to a song in a JC Penney commercial yesterday, somewhat indirectly. It turned out to be by what we thought was a band called “Forever Thursday.” (Turns out Forever Thursday is a music ad company for JC Penney, and that song was first.) The song sounded like something the likes of Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple, and maybe even Cat Power would concoct. Instead, we found that it was a little Australian songbird named Melanie Horsnell. She’s a whimsical redhead with an old-fashioned sound, and I can’t help but think of Jenny Lewis a little bit. Generally, I don’t–she doesn’t look or sound a thing like Jenny–but there’s something about her virtual presence that makes me feel happy and warm and loved. I went to her actual Myspace, and I found pop songs reminiscent of the 60s, which may be where nostalgia came from. Her voice floats easily off the words, and her cute little accent shows through the universal language of music just a little. Did you ever notice that it’s hard to distinguish an English-speaking person’s place of origin when they’re singing? I find that fascinating.

I’ve also recently re-fallen for Regina Spektor. As crappy and mainstream as this sounds, her video for “Fidelity” touches me. Perhaps it’s just the overall sound of the song, and the string orchestra but the upbeat sound all in one, and the lyrics of “what if?” And maybe it’s the video added to that, with metaphors and supposed loneliness, until she breaks her heart and her lips turn red and her man becomes human. Well, I love it and the way it makes me feel.

EDIT:: A commenter, Radiosfx, added this actual tidbit about Forever Thursday:

What a nice comment about Melanie. Just for the record “Forever Thursday” is actually Melanie Horsnell (voice) and Elliot Wheeler (songwriter and producer). They wrote and recorded the song “How can it be” and J C Penney picked it up for their Spring Campaign. You can hear the full song and leave comments at

http://www.myspace.com/foreverthursdaymusic

So Forever Thursday isn’t an ad company for JC Penney as I’d picked up. It’s a band, an actual real live band. And with such a promising first song, I can’t imagine the magical tales they’ll weave in the future. Sorry for any confusion.

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hey! i woke up too early this morning and decided to revisit past whatsits… i gave up on blogspot as so many people often do. My current mission is to create a Unicorns t-shirt, since there are none and i want to demonstrate my love (or is it lust?) for their music. I wanted to take the basic “Islands are forever” design (here’s a photo I found on google in 5 seconds…I don’t know the chick but she looks like my photography teacher’s daughter) and type UNICORNS are ________ instead of ISLANDS are forever in the same font. I’m writing to you in despair (haha…) to find something to fill that awful blank. You have demonstrated your wittiness and sense of humor through your posts so this should be cake for you.

Let’s hope this project will last longer than my blogspot blog.

Cheerio,

Annie.

Comment by vengefulcocotte

Blonde moment – i forgot to give you the link.

Really...I do study!

:)

Comment by vengefulcocotte

you have finally put an end to my extensive search for the voice and face behind ‘forever thursday’… your clarification is greatly appreciated.. i just purchased a handful of melanie horsnell’s music. :)

take care. xo

Comment by Amy

What a nice comment about Melanie. Just for the record “Forever Thursday” is actually Melanie Horsnell (voice) and Elliot Wheeler (songwriter and producer). They wrote and recorded the song “How can it be” and J C Penney picked it up for their Spring Campaign. You can hear the full song and leave comments at
http://www.myspace.com/foreverthursdaymusic

Your description of Melanie and her music is intuitive. She shines in a live performance with her ability to create the moment and silence the audience. She has huge depth of musicality playing superb acoustic guitar with the traditional nylon strings and can pick up a range of other instruments and play.
But her voice is the key… and she loves to just sing and play her music and give enjoyment to others.
Her debut album is on itunes and right now she has a bunch of songs ready for a second album.
She is one of those artists that you have to hear live to fully appreciate the emotion of her music.

Comment by Radiosfx




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