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Preparing the soundtrack for winter

On our local NPR station yesterday I heard an interview with Meklit Hadero, an Ethiopian-born, US-raised jazz singer. The interview itself is worth a listen and some of her songs are available on her website, but it’s also worth a few dollars to download at least “You and the Rain,” “Float and Fall,” and “Leaving Soon” from iTunes. Her voice is like a few singers I have gravitated towards in recent years (Esperanza Saplding, Kat Edmonson, Madeleine Peyroux), but the syncopation and phrasing must be influenced by her native country, which makes it stand out. Not that I can listen to much jazz in August, when grilling requires a heavy rotation of Brad Paisley, the Beastie Boys, and Jane’s Addiction. But once the winter sets in…