There is a radio show on CBC here in Canada that occasionally does a feature called SYNTH: Songs You Need To Hear.
Now, I can’t say to someone, “You’ll like this song” (or book for that matter) because I can’t presume that others will share my taste in music (or books), so it is safer to say, “You might like this” and if they don’t like it, so be it. Maybe you will find a new favorite.
CBC MUSIC, Central · Mornings with CBC Music
Last week I shared some Julian Taylor and I was able to recycle some of my letters this week by featuring Julia Michaels.
There is something about her breathy voice and articulations that give her songs a depth of emotion that is rare in a pop song. I previously had only heard the song, When You Need Me, on the radio before (yes, I still listen to radio), so when I found the video, the explanation behind the writing of the song made sense.
Julia Carin Cavazos, known professionally as Julia Michaels, is an American singer and songwriter. Born in Iowa and raised in California, Michaels began her career writing for other artists such as Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Justin Bieber
Not a bad resume.
The emotion doesn’t stop at that song either.
Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.
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