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There’s something about Mary “(Or) climbing the mountains — although
I mean walking up the trail, not actually
Step Two I’m sort of addicted to it. It’s like a
release for me, to process my emotions.
But how do you maintain your
Irish singer Mary Black climbing — or taking a walk by the beach Australian singer Lenka It’s like writing a diary. And it’s kind of
She SAID Is that even a real word? Well, the
is excited about making with the dogs. I’m lucky because I still have gets all personal with her like therapy for me. If I write out the “hotness” is what it is. But I do glam it up
her Singapore debut the excitement of travelling and touring.” latest album, Two emotions and play it on the piano, I can when I’m working. I don’t always dress like
Even though she’s been doing this for kind of feel better about it and move on this, you know. Although the truth is, since
EVER since she released her eponymous more than a quarter of a century, Black THE keyword for Australian pop singer from that feeling. But of course, then I put I was a little girl, I’ve loved dressing up! I
debut album in 1983, Irish singer Mary admitted she still gets nervous going on Lenka in the year 2011 seems to be it on an album and I have to play it every My love it! But when I’m not working, I don’t
Black (picture) has been a dominant stage. “It’s not happening as often as it “new”. The singer, who turns 33 this year, night onstage! ambition dress up.
presence in Irish music, infusing Irish used to, mostly by choice — and demand, I recently got married, and a week after her
folk elements with pop sensibilities, and suppose — so there’s a nervous excitement wedding, she was in Singapore to launch You had so many songs used is to make So you’re more baggy tees and flip
churning out memorable ballads such when I do get to go out on the road.You her new album, Two. in TV shows and stuff. Did you music flops?
as The Moon And St Christopher, Song For can do it your own way, and it can be “We’re finally releasing and I’m feel pressured to produce more Pretty much!
Ireland and Columbus. (Don’t believe me? smaller, but it doesn’t affect your enjoyment excited to get people to hear it,” she such songs? for an
Just ask any Irish expat here.) of it. And I can get more nervous standing in said during our interview at the Klapsons The thing about the TV placements — audience, What must you always bring when
She has received numerous awards and front of 200 than in front of 2,000. Hotel last month. Recorded last year, the nobody pressured me to write songs to you tour?
accolades, shared the stage and recorded “I’ve recently had a good long break, album’s title isn’t just recognising that this get on TV. But (the label) did want me to
wherever I always take an iPod, good earphones, a
with some of the top singers in music, so it’s exciting to get out on the road. That is her sophomore album, but also the fact write more catchy choruses and more that is, and good book, and a laptop with Skype. It
including Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Black offered just one word: Enjoyment. automatically gives you an enthusiasm. And that she’s hitched to artist James Gulliver radio hits. But I wanted to do that too, not however gets a bit lonely, but thank god for Skype,
Carpenter, Joan Baez and Van Morrison. “The fact that I’m still enjoying it is I don’t feel as much pressure. I can really Hancock. to get a hit, but just write good pop songs you can talk to your loved ones at a drop
And her voice has been hailed by many hugely important, because I don’t think I enjoy the show now. It’s gotten easier, in a Lenka had her breakthrough when that can put people in a good mood. big that of the hat. It’s so great. All you need is the
critics as “one of the best” in the world could continue on and give a performance way, but it’s still as exciting.” her songs, such as Trouble Is A Friend and is. Just to Internet.
(word has it her voice is often used to test that the people can enjoy otherwise.” And Black said she doesn’t mind doing The Show, off her self-titled 2008 debut, really, you don’t want a hit song?
audio equipment because it’s so pure). Another reason is that she this for quite a while. “There’s a bit of life were featured in ads, movies like Easy A I’m not aiming to be super famous and
be able to Not your hubby?
You can hear that voice for yourself appreciates what she has now. “As I’ve in me yet!” she laughed, before adding and Angus,Thongs And Perfect Snogging, and winning Grammys. I don’t know if that’s make music He’s not on tour with me, but he’s
on March 21, when she performs at the gotten older, I appreciate things that you that she hopes her music will touch the TV dramas including 90210, The Hills and for me. If I get one, it’s great, of course, and tour involved in the project because he
Jubilee Hall at Raffles Hotel. “I’m quite don’t when you’re young,” explained the people who listen to it. “I’m very lucky Grey’s Anatomy. ChrISTopher Toh but that’s not my ambition. does all the artwork and we always
excited to go there — I’ve heard so much 55-year-old singer. “The simple things in — I have three beautiful kids (Conor, My ambition is to make music for an is pretty collaborate. But that’s one reason why
about the country,” she told Today over life become very attractive you know? Roisin and Danny O’Reilly — who’s in the First things first: Are all the songs on audience, wherever that is, and however special. I don’t want to do more than three
the phone from Dublin. That makes me sound very old, doesn’t it? popular Irish band The Coronas) ... who Two about your new hubby? big that is. Just to be able to make music months of touring at a go, it’s too long to
Asked how she has managed to stay “But I’m talking about stuff like getting a have learnt to feel the emotion of music. Most of them! Sorry, James. It’s tough and tour is pretty special. Lenka (left) be apart, even with Skype!
relevant in a business where “out of sight, jam session with musicians down at the pub If I move people with my music, that’s as being with a songwriter.
out of mind” isn’t just a saying but a truism, and just talking about music,” she added. much as I can ask.” He kind of understands. They’re okay, it also helps that you’re hot. Lenka’s Two is out in stores now.
And just why should anyone see her inspired by him, and they’re about my
show? “Well, apart from me singing, I have feelings, but they’re more universal.
a great band — and my daughter Roisin is Because I believe you need to leave room
going to sing. She’ll be opening the show. for interpretation. And the listeners need
She’s better than me. I’m not joking!” to imprint their own lives into the song.
ChrISTopher Toh Like, when I hear a song, I go, “Oh, this is
See Mary Black — and her daughter — on
March 21, 8pm, at the Jubilee Hall.Tickets at Do you always write songs so
S$228 and S$268 from Sistic. personal?
18-holes golf greens
• NEW buggy (twin sharing)
• Lunch with drinks