Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Your beauty haunts me though I haven't seen your face

I've been having trouble sleeping lately. I know, boring story, but it gets worse--wait until you see how that cheesily leads into today's song.

Insomnia by poppostergirl

Cheddar, right? I think the reason demo singer and co-writer Lisa Greene wants to have trouble sleeping is a little different from my experience, though. "Insomnia" evokes less lying bored in bed counting sheep and more fevered tossing and turning between tangled sheets. Its writers are the creators of Britney Spears's "Breathe On Me" and that's certainly a shared lineage you'll have no trouble hearing.

Maybe they're too similar to appear on the same album, but the headphone-ready grown-up bedroom sexiness and ambience-creating style of "Breathe On Me," "State Of Grace" (once again by these writers and which Lisa also sang the demo for), "Insomnia," and another old demo, "Under Your Skin," makes me wish Britney would record at least one of these sorts of songs for each album. I imagine Kylie was a possible target for many of them as well--and I love her--and sure, you could imagine Rachel Stevens or any number of other female pop singers doing it, but no one suits these songs better than Britney.

There's nowhere to buy Lisa Greene's work as a singer. She's co-written and sung the demos for a number of fantastic pop songs over the years, but it seems like her passion as a recording artist is more in line with jazz or bossa nova; you can listen to some of that work on her MySpace. The best option for financially supporting her is probably buying a song she's co-written. Britney Spears's "Breathe On Me," for example, is on In The Zone, which you can buy here (physical) or here (digital).

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