Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Danielle Miraglia: Live at The Evening Muse & my thoughts on Nothing Romantic

There are some things that you should know about me. I’m a guitar player. I love girls with guitars…you know, the whole singer songwriter thing. I think I’m a closet folkie to a certain extent. With that in mind, is it any wonder that when Danielle Miraglia took the stage of the Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC I was totally blown away?

Miraglia, hailing from Eastern Massachusetts, successfully treads the fine line between folk and blues, dipping equally well into both styles to reward the listener with a sound that is as uniquely current as it is classic. Finger picking her way through traditional progressions, she played a forty-five minute set full of her take on the human condition and of everything that makes the blues real as opposed to just something on an old vinyl disc.

Sufficiently awed by her musicianship and delivery, I picked up a copy of her latest disc and in listening to Danielle Miraglia’s third album, Nothing Romantic, the mixture of acoustic guitar and her amazing voice make me think of better times where things were just a bit slower and somehow more simple. These are American songs that evoke images of the open road and wide open spaces. These are simple songs that are elegantly complex in their arrangements and lyrics. These are, in essence, honest songs.

Danielle Miraglia is a true talent and an amazing find in a world where female musicians seem to only be valued for how they will look on MTV and not whether or not they actually have something to say and can do so musically without sounding like a cat with it’s tail stuck in a car door. The only sad part of listening to her sing and play is the certainty of knowing that because she actually has musical integrity her success as a musician may be limited by it.

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