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k.d. lang: "Hymns of the 49th Parallel"

k.d. lang performs songs from her album, Hymns of the 49th Parallel

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Liebe k.d., wenn ich mich untröstlich fühle dann höre ich deine musik oder ich schaue mir deine dvd an und ich fühle, ich kann überleben, das leben ist nicht nur erträglich, sondern absolut lebenswert. danke der musik, den songwritern, und dank an dich, die du deine ganze persönlichkeit in deine interpretationen wirfst. ich wünsche dir, daß du, so wie ich k.d. habe, auch eine stimme hast, die dich aus der dunkelheit holt, wenn du es brauchst. mit liebe monika (apologise for writing in german, but my english is not very good.) THANKS TO YOU

k d lang has a true reverence for music that fully emerges in this sequence of performances. It is said of some great interpreters that they make the music they interpret their own. k d, however, does so while also fully reverencing the original songwriters and creators of the music she is interpreting -- in this case, fellow Canadian songwriters.

After her gradual ascent to prominence and success, much accelerated when she crossed over from the commercial country music idiom with her CD 'Ingenue', KD has followed her instinct and gone ever further into the music that makes her most enjoy singing. The result is a genuineness, a heartfelt reality in her music, that her larger and larger audiences readily see, hear, and appreciate.

It is rare when one can appreciate the positive growth of the musician as artist in cadence with their ascent to renown. The career of k d lang is a case where the ascent and growth of the musician was steady, then quick, then rapid, and now verges on meteoric.

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