Worrisome Heart had a tough road to travel before making it to our ears, and had it not been for a horrible accident when Melody Gardot was nineteen we may not have ever heard her voice at all. At nineteen, Melody was riding her bicycle when she was struck by a car, ending up with a head injury that caused cognitive impairment. As fate would have it, during her rehab her doctor suggested that she try making music to help repair that damage. Katherine Wright of the Music Therapy Association explains, “Music enables a person to reminisce and reconnect with her sense of identity. Songwriting is an excellent tool to use when working on concentration and other cognitive issues.”
Following her doctor’s suggestions, Melody started writing and recording the first pieces of her songbook, which would become her debut EP, Some Lessons the Bedroom Sessions. Some Lessons garnered the attention of a DJ at WXPN (a station known for launching the careers of Amos Lee, as well as Norah Jones). She also won a People’s Choice award from City Paper Philadelphia in 2005.
I only tell you the back story because I find it really interesting. It’s obvious this girl was meant to make music, but it took a 2000 pound automobile moving at a high rate of speed to put her on that path. It’s kinda freaky in that ‘you ain’t avoiding your fate’ kinda way.
She recently released her first full-length album, Worrisome Heart, and I could go into a whole ‘here’s a 22 year old old-soul with a jazzy haunting voice that knows real pain’ type of spiel. Instead, however, I am gonna repost here the first things that came to mind when I listened to this album and emailed my wife about it:
I don’t know much.
But I know I like her.
she makes me wanna smoke cigarettes and drink vodka outta funky glasses http://www.myspace.com/melody
I was politely asked by Melody’s people to remove the songs so here are 3 videos from YouTube: