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An In-Snide Look #115

By: Darrin Snider (darrin at indyintune dot com)
Monday, March 24, 2014 12:30:00 PM


Fun evening last night.  Got to see Tim Spainhower play Shine at the Castleton Grill. Tim is also know as the font guy in the band I'm in -- but haven't actually played with yet.  I'm told they're killer, they've got half a dozen songs ready to go (after just two practices), and they've started guide tracks on the first album.  No, I'm serious, this is how Tim works.  When he's rolling, he writes a song a day and pretty much an album a month.  I've got 25 of them in my collection ... I've played on two.  Anyway, we're called "The Mess" ... a name courtesy of Nick Wengler, which seems only fair since I named his band, "Dressed in Red."  Symmetry is cool.

So, on the way back, I heard a really cool interview on NPR's "Song Travels" with a singer/songwriter I'd never heard of before, called Rumur.  Now, obviously, romantic, easy-listening stuff isn't really what I do -- by any stretch -- and this got filed in my "Guilty Pleasures" Spotify playlist -- with, ironically with about 50 other romantic, easy listening tracks (oh, crap).  Anyway, I'm somewhat obsessed with her now.  Amazing control of the subtleties, smooth as silk delivery, and obviously a vocal range that isn't flaunted, but called upon and used effortlessly when necessary.  When I got home, I pretty much played through her entire catalog on Spotify, then went trolling through YouTube looking for more.

This is also not to say that don't love the girls of Indy In-Tune, but the prevailing winds in our local scene do seem to be towards the gruff vocal style, pushing overt sexuality, and generally outdoing your peers with power.  While this style is somewhat "precious" and would probably only fly with the Jazz crowd around here, I kinda wish it was a bit more common with our singer/songwriter circuit.  Might make a nice change of pace at an open mic or in one of our a songwriter rounds.

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