One of the ways I can evaluate the quality, or at least my appreciation of a musician I write about, is the time and attention I put in the final stage of the research, when I listen and remind myself why I chose to wrote about that person. Joss stone is one of these cases where I got completely carried away and spent almost a full morning just going over her recordings and videos, without multi-tasking, without writing with the music in the background, just enjoying it. Living it.
One of the favorite combinations is joss stone and Jeff Beck. Magical. I can't listen to 'people get ready' that these two conjure up without the hair on my hands standing up in pure awe.
For a young singer she definitely has an old heart. An ancient soul.
And I like that. I appreciate that. I respect that.
The fact I would do her without thinking twice is just an added value.
(and yes, my wife knows. She is on my 'list' of 'if I would have the chance'….what can I say, my wife appreciates great music too ;)