Sister - Tracey Thorn

from the album Record (2018)

Through my twenties, the music that I listened to was largely written and performed by men.  Thing is, at the time, I wasn't self-aware enough to realize it.  Had you told me, I'd have told you that you were nuts and started rattling off names like Deborah Harry, Chrissie Hynde, and Alison Moyet.

Then, in my early thirties, I moved from NYC to ATL and formed new circles of friends.  One group became very influential and introduced me to an entirely new sphere of artists which opened me to a world of great female vocalists.  These included artists like Morcheeba, Everything But The Girl, and Cowboy Junkies.  Around the same time, a harder-edged circle of friends was listening to Hole.

I became entranced with female vocalists, with their point of view, the variations in their styles and techniques, and the roll that the church played in forming many of their voices.

I began to travel back in time, discovering the magnificence of all those women who came before rock music.  Koko Taylor and Etta James.  Patsy Smith and Loretta Lynn.  Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday.  Astrud Gilberto.  Big Mama Thornton.  Bessie Smith. Memphis Minnie.  It was an ever expanding universe.

Then came the new millennium and the women of R&B and neo-soul.  India Arie, Alicia Keyes, Macy Gray, Mary J. Blige, Corinne Bailey Rae.  A new, new world.

All of this comes spinning back at me as I listen to Sister, an eight-and-a-half minute groove explosion by Tracey Thorn.  It reminds me of her days with Everything But The Girl and the beginnings of my journey into the great female vocalists.

Joining her on this song is Corinne Bailey Rae.  I remember sweet times listening to her sing "Girl, put your records on."  Those were amazing days; amazing songs.

Sing it, Tracey...

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