July 15, 2016– RUFUS WAINWRIGHT

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‘Spot light on a Song’

It’s that time again. The days are so long here that some weeks it feels like a month since I’ve written. I love it when that happens because the crazy thing we call life seems to usually just whiz by.  But when I have time to stop and smell all the flowers and beauty that surround me, the days seem to last longer with adequate time to absorb.  

I saw a video this week that left me speechless; as this artist usually does and always has. He’s been on my ‘spot light’ list to cover for many months; Rufus Wainwright, son of the great  Loudon Wainwright III.  

Rufus spent most of his childhood between Canada and New York.  He began playing the piano at age six, and started touring at age 13.  At the age of 14, earned him a nomination for a 1989 Genie Award for Best Original Song, and was nominated for a 1990 Juno Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year.  A lot to accomplish by the ripe sweet age of 15!  

Wainwright’s catalog has many recurring themes: opera, literature, pop culture, politics, and love (often unrequited love). Wainwright also sings about his family relationships, and his experiences with addiction. 

In 2011, Wainwright announced that he and friend Lorca Cohen, daughter of Leonard Cohen, had had a child in a parenting partnership with his now partner and husband.

A huge fan of Leonard Cohen and Rufus, this magical cocktail is worth the listen.  It is my religion: music and love.

Strum a little….

~Abby K

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