Okay. I'll be honest. I've been busy. Too busy to write, but not too busy to keep my ear to the ground for the latest and greatest.
Remember Fiona Apple? She's been off the scene a bit since the release of 2005's Extraordinary Machine, and really who could blame her with all the drama behind that release including more than a few release-date changes, two producers and an entire re-recording ? Not me. I don't blame you, Fiona. Plus Extraordinary gave us plenty to enjoy in the meanwhile. I still get goosebumps when I hear that title track. [Insert affectionate noise here.]
And now our dear Fiona is back with "Why Try to Change Me Now", a jazzy standard from famed composer/pianist Cy Coleman, covered for his tribute EP, Then Was Then, And Now Is Now. Man I love that title. It's beautifully unconventional, much like we've come to know Ms. Apple herself. The songs lyrics are also curiously relevant to the artist's personality. A nice pairing indeed. See if you don't agree.
Then Was Then, And Now Is Now EP also features performances by Patty Griffin, Nikka Costa, Julianna Raye, Ambrosia Parsley, and more. I hope it's available on iTunes soon!