Too Much Music? Keep Breathing! (or, Ingrid Michaelson Rocks!)

The more good music I find, the more good music I find. Every musician has friends and recommendations, not to mention my friends and family telling me about their new favorites. It’s a bit overwhelming! How to choose what to buy, how to resist so I don’t go broke, etc. I figure when I start hitting play on a MySpace page over and over and over again, it means it’s not just a passing fancy and it’s time to make it my own…

For example, recently my other lovely cousin (sister to my cousin who suggested Colbie Caillat) pointed me to Ingrid Michaelson on MySpace.

She’s fabulous! I knew within a few bars (heard from under our conversation, no less!) that I’d be adding to my collection soon.

Everyone is going nuts over Ingrid because four of her songs have been featured on Grey’s Anatomy in season three. (I haven’t finished it yet, don’t tell me anything!) And because the songs all rock. Or rather, more people are finding out about her fabulousness because of the exposure.

Here’s a list from her website of the songs featured on Grey’s:

Keep Breathing
| Grey’s Anatomy, s3 Episode 25: “Didn’t We Almost Have it All”
Corner of Your Heart | Grey’s Anatomy, s3 Episode 24: “Testing 1-2-3″
The Way I Am | Grey’s Anatomy, s3 Episode 12: “Six Days – Part 2″
Breakable | Grey’s Anatomy, s3 Episode 8: “Staring at the Sun”


Keep Breathing
isn’t available to buy yet (Grey’s season 3 soundtrack will be released in Sept 07), but if you sign up to Ingrid’s mailing list you can listen to it online. Or on her MySpace page. That’s one more for my “Songs about breath and breathing” list.

AND, she has MORE than just those four songs! She has two full albums worth of musical goodness! I started off with her first one, slow the rain, as it’s a bit more “acoustic-y” sounding, but the new one Girls and Boys started really growing on me, so I broke down and got that one as well after a couple days. I really love the drums in both albums, there’s something about them that’s unique enough to catch my attention and fascinate me without distracting from the lyrics and melody.

Oh, and Ingrid is another one to add to the list of “Me and Zach Braff having the same taste in music without me knowing it” – In Ingrid’s MySpace pics, she has a screenshot of when Zach added her song to his MySpace profile and the caption is adorable and funny:

See Zach Braff’s page?? See my song??? See me pee in my pants??

That’s the other thing I love about Ingrid, her quirky fun sense of humor and the playfulness in her lyrics. Some people are comparing her to Regina Spektor (who I also love). I can see where they would get that (pianos, funky cuteness, catchy beats), but I would say Regina’s stuff is a little more dark and bizarre flavored, while Ingrid’s is more quirky/goofy and at the same time very poignant. Like her song about Charlie Brown and his crush on the little red-headed girl, or this bit from The Way I Am:

I’d buy you Rogaine if you start losing all your hair.
Sew on patches to all you tear.

Cuz I love you more than I could ever promise.
And you take me the way I am.

You don’t get the full effect without hearing her breathy, sparkly voice, the slow beats, the syncopated hand claps, but yeah, definitely quirky-sweet and infectious. Go have a listen! And once you’ve decided you can’t hold back either, you can buy her stuff on CD Baby (or iTunes or on Amazon)


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3 Responses to “Too Much Music? Keep Breathing! (or, Ingrid Michaelson Rocks!)”

  1. Touring the Indies (Frank Gualtier) says:

    I see we both have exceptional taste Heather. Ingrid Michaelson is made of pure music and her voice is out of this world. Great blog!

  2. Heather says:

    Thanks Frank! That means a lot coming from you. Your blog is amazing!

  3. piper of love says:

    I HEART INGRID MICHAELSON TOO! mmgood!

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