Thursday, January 18, 2007

Vienna Teng

My daughter has never really latched on to what some would call “mainstream vocal artists.” Time and time again, she has purchased CDs of musicians who a lot of us have never even heard of. Modest Mouse, Lifehouse and Björk are just a few of her favourite selections. Through her influence, I have become attached to certain musicians that had it nor been for her, I would have never considered.

A few years ago, she started listening to an artist by the name of Vienna Teng, a San Fransisco based Taiwanese-American pianist and singer-songwriter. After purchasing Vienna Teng’s first CD, Waking Hour (2002) for my daughter, I soon became caught up in what I would describe as beautiful music. It didn’t take long before I bought her second CD, Warm Strangers (2004) and just in the past year pre-ordered her third CD, Dreaming Through The Noise (2006) months before its release date. One day, while listening to her music I decided that if one could fall in love simply by listening to a person’s music, I might have fallen madly in love with her years ago!

I have just been looking for a concert of Vienna Teng’s to take my daughter to and I think I have finally found one. It’s not a local concert and will take about 4 hours to drive to but I think it will be just “up our ally.” It will also give me the opportunity to spend some much needed time with my daughter.

So, without much further ado … Listen to her and please tell me what you think.



18 comments:

~Just Michelle~ said...

Teacher Michelle (Quote Blog) here...

It is beautiful music, indeed. I first heard her on radioparadise.com (the very best, nar none, internet radio station ever) and I looked back on my ratings to see which of hers I had given a number to (scale of 1-10):

Gravity - 9
Soon Love Soon - 8
Feather Moon - 8

Some other artists that I discovered and fell in love with also include: Harry Manx, The Wailin' Jennys, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, Aimee Mann, Nick Cave, and John Hiatt. If I had heard them before then I hadn't paid attention and it was my loss.

I have always loved Crowded House, Sarah McLachlan, Mark Knopfler, and Chris Isaak and they are also well played here.

I have fairly eclectic tastes in music and have spent a small fortune in buying what I like. Music, for me, is darn near a spiritual thing since it speaks to my heart and soul.

I hope that you enjoy that concert! Make sure you share afterwards!

p.s. - If you follow my profile to my personal blog then you will see the current playlist in the sidebar. It really is an awesome station!

Michael C said...

A 4 hour drive with your daughter is what every dad needs! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.

I have vast musical tastes and am currently really into Capitol's great Ultra Lounge series of 60s bachelor pad and lounge music. It's very relaxing for me.

caramaena said...

I can't access it unfortunately. Perhaps it doesn't like my Mac. I'll try later on my PC and see if I can hear it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Bernie said...

Her music is inspiring. I know some people who may be getting some early Christmas presents. Me included.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Janice said...

How wonderful Dave that you and your daughter have found a common bond in music ...and such beautiful music. I know you will enjoy the concert tremendously. Music can and does speak to the soul as Just Michelle has so elegantly mentioned. I have recently been enjoying the astonishing instrumentals of Keiko Matsui of which I now have a substantial collection of.

Dave said...

Thanks for the names of the other artists Just Michelle! I am going to check them out on radioparadise.com. Take care! :-)

Dave said...

Hi Michael C!... I am looking forward to this possibility! My daughter is currently at college and I really miss her!

Dave said...

Hi caramaena... Check your comments in your today's blog for a possible workaround. Sorry about that! :-)

Dave said...

Bernie... I am glad you enjoy it... If you are unable to purchase any of her CDs at the music store, try www.rounders.com

Dave said...

Hi Janice..Keiko Matsui .. I am going to check it out... I'll let you know what I think! :-)

xiao zhu said...

A nice song. Can feel the warmth between you and your daughter.

montidogeo said...

I'm really impressed by anybody that can sing and play the piano at the same time, as I have trouble walking and talking simultanously. I bought my wife Tori Amos's album a few years ago - Under the Pink - because I was so impressed with this attribute playing and singing, not walking / talking - Lovely, gentle music - .

Though I remember wife replying " It's because she's a redhead isn't it ? ".

This ones going on my birthday list, which is getting longer.

Dave said...

montidogeo... Redhead? Singing & Dancing?? What was here name again??? Tori Amos huh? ... I think I will check her out! Thanks for the tip! :-)

Dave said...

xiao zhu... Nice to hear from you! I hope I can always stay close to her. Thanks! :-)

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Sorry for the late post but did not have opportunity to listen to the music earlier. I think you should be very proud of your daughter's choice of music. She knows herself and her preferences instead of following the crowd which is unfortunately too common nowadays. Have a good trip and concert.

Le Nightowl said...

Apart from Björk, I have never heard about any of the artists you mention.
I must confess I listen exclusively to classical music :)
But I love to discover new things, so thank you for this opportunity to listen to a delightful voice.
Marie

Becky Wolfe said...

The piano was very passionate in this song. Perfect listening for early morning working. A beautiful voice too. I had to google the lyrics to understand it better. A very passionate & somewhat sad song. I'm going to check out a few of the others because I'd like to hear more of her songs. Thanks so much for sharing something new!

Awesome that you & your daughter can share this. My dad & I have a tradition of going to the symphony, usually we go to the Nutcracker performance together, sometimes just the symphony. I love that its something for just the two of us as I'm sure you & your daughter will also love!

caramaena said...

Hi dave, I'm trying it on my pc and it works fine. I had a feeling it just wasn't Mac compatible.

Lovely voice, I like it a lot - will have to look out for more.