Norah’s Aura : Get Ready To Be Charmed…


Her versatility in simplicity sets her apart as one of the greatest artists of all times. Recipient of 11 Grammy awards out of 18 nominations, the queen of Jazz has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Billboard named her the top jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade. And if that’s not enough, just hit play on any of her tracks right now and try resisting that sway and contentment that will subconsciously creep into your soul.

After a long wait of 10 years, she is coming to her homeland- (well, almost) to give jazz listeners here something to smile about.  Coming straight after performing “Everybody Needs a Best Friend”, at the Oscar Ceremony, she is going to give us a glimpse of her impish charm and sweet lyrics infused in hummable melody and effortless tones in the pleasant onset of summer. For the festival aptly called “A Summer’s Day” in Mumbai, so graciously organized by Only Much Louder, the organization which is “only” cranking up volumes of international and national music artists in the country.

Her much celebrated album ‘Come away with me’ which reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 contained the hit and famous single ‘Don’t Know Why’. This alluring subtle romantic track gives one the feeling of being in an old countryside bar with perfumed wine and a lady singing her confessions in bright red lipstick with magic fingers set on an antique piano and a sway on the acoustic bass with faint drumming.  From there she has transitioned a long way to her latest album “Little Broken Hearts”, the album she is currently on tour for in India, bringing a more youthful side of her with “Happy Pills”. This compilation being more colorful has a slight punk to it too. It’s the same innocence, just with a different persona.

Whoever said that jazz music cannot be popular and appeal to an array of generations for reasons based on pure music intelligence and talent? Well whoever did say that, really need to get themselves a flavor of this particular melodic appetizer in Mumbai on the 3rd, Delhi on the 5th and 6th and Bangalore on the 8th of March, 2013.

My personal favorite is a track called ‘Painter Song’ from the album ‘Come away with me’ that brought a smile to my face just with its few initial notes and mischievous lyrics, the first time I heard it. Close your eyes and let it paint your mind a serene blue, a dreamy red or maybe an uplifting purple… Take your pick.

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