Peace to Mutants #2 — Katie Lee, Akiko Yano and Sinead O’Connor

Born in 1919 in Illinois but growing up in the heat of Arizona, Katie Lee began performing very young in the genres of country and cowboy music. What brought me to Katie Lee was the spectacular album “Songs of couch and consultation”, originally designed and envisioned by jazz saxophonist Bud Freeman. It’s a well-played comedy album meant to poke some fun at psychiatry and the psychoanalysis trends at that time. Katie Lee was invited to perform and her playful yet committed delivery is especially phenomenal in the hymn “The will to fail”. Clever lyrics and sophisticated humour that surprisingly does not sound dated at all. 

The album describes a variety of neuroses and conditions in an informative way that is also clever and funny. Extremely recommended and nowadays considered to be a cult classic. 

Katie Lee continued to perform after that album and is featured on the amazing album “Folk songs of the Colorado River” released by Folkways. She lived to be 98 years old and passed away in November 2017. Her memory is still alive through her amazing, playful, and heartfelt performances. 

E ainda:

A delightful mix of jazz,pop and japanese folk by Akiko Yano who was only 21 by the time this album was released.
Phenomenal melodies and intricate compositions that give out a mellow almost playful vibe. Surprising at every turn, Japanese Girl remains one of the most important albums of the 70’s to come out of Japan and deservingly so.

Debut album by the amazing Sinead O’Connor which was only 21 years old when it was released. Bittersweet lyrics and enchanting melodies make up a beautiful album that remains fresh up to this day. Spiritual themes mingle freely with 80’s pop that is unconventional and melodic at the same time.