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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ani DeFranco & Domaine Magellan Vin de Pays de L'Herault Rouge

Tonight I’m going to present something more on the eclectic side of music. Ani DiFranco born September 23, 1970, is a singer songwriter, and poet who’s released more than twenty CDs. She picked up the guitar at an early age and began busking with her instructor at the age of nine. Ani started out playing Beatles covers in bars and has always been seen as a lady who runs countercurrent to the culture. In 1989, she started her own record label, Righteous Records whose name was changed to Righteous Babe Records in 1994.

To augment her songwriting skills, she moved to New York and took poetry classes at the New School. Shortly thereafter, she hit the road and toured for the next fifteen years, stopping only to record a new CD. She took a break in 2005 due to tendonitis, but was back on the road a year later.

DiFranco's guitar playing is characterized by staccato, rapid fingerpicking, and alternate tunings. She delivers many of her lyrics in a speaking style notable for its rhythmic variation.

She writes and sings a number of songs about her love life with both men and women. She identifies herself as bisexual and addressed the controversy about her sexuality with the song "In or Out".

Her music has been a critical success, if not a commercial one, yet I don’t think it bothers her. From 2003, DiFranco was nominated four consecutive times for Best Recording Package at the Grammy Awards, and won in 2004 for Evolve.

Throughout her career she’s been an independent thinker, songwriter, and musician, and some would call her a rebel. I would call her good. Enjoy!

So, first night in a long while that the temperature is conducive to sitting out on the deck. In honor of that and Ani’s music, I suggest  a 2009. Domaine Magellan Vin de Pays de L'Herault Rouge. Deep garnet color with lots of raspberries and lavender on the nose. The palate follows the nose with wonderful red and black fruit and a touch of spice. Let this one breathe for about an hour before you drink it and you will be richly rewarded as the wine gains weigh. Nice long finish with elegant tannins, an excellent compliment to the artistry of Ani DeFranco. Enjoy!


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