The first is Shara Worden, aka My Brightest Diamond, a singer I adore. Her voice is a supple instrument, with an otherwordly fierceness at times. I love her collaboration with The Decemberists on their album The Hazards of Love. I will not be able to see her show tonight at the Cedar, because I'm going to a dance concert, but I'm so glad to have heard her this morning.
She performs "There A Rat" and "high low middle." You can listen to her performances on this weekend's show here.
The video for high low middle features her neighbors from Detroit:
My Brightest Diamond - ALL THINGS WILL UNWIND: High Low Middle from Asthmatic Kitty on Vimeo.
Ann Reed was on the same episode. Like Shara Worden, she has a unique voice, a strong heart, a shining presence. I LOVE her. She sang a song from her latest album, "Where The Earth Is Round," and I fell in love all over again with the lovely timbre of her alto.
We also love her songs about the MN State Fair, of which this is one. She may not want to perform this song over and over, but I used to sing it to my daughter when she was a little one:
I learned from the description of this video that she wrote the song during an MPR show!
"Ann wrote "The Fair" in 1991, on MPR's the Morning Show, a live broadcast from the Minnesota State Fair. At 6:15 am, Ann began to take suggestions for the song from listeners, checking back every 20 minutes to sing what she had written thus far and to take more suggestions until, at 8:50, she performed the completed song."