Some moments last forever. I remember it like it was yesterday. We were driving north for a road trip, cutting across the state on the Sawgrass Expressway. The radio was on, and some sort of new sound took grip of my entire being. It was Sneaker Pimps. The song was called “6 Underground”. It changed my life. The woman’s voice reached out to my soul and asked me to dance.
I have been enchanted ever since.
Kelli Ali. That was her name. My heart had earlier been opened wide by a childhood full of Karen Carpenter, but I was nowhere near ready for this. After Sneaker Pimps proved they did not know the best thing when they had it, she went solo.
Kelli kept the groove going with two albums in the early half of the 21st Century, and she is still the voice I most love dancing to. Now this.
Life has changed so much since 1996, and Kelli Ali has changed more than most. Her new album is completely different, yet soothes my center just as deeply as her dance stuff. You can click this to hear some of it, or hang out while she explains:
My Rocking Horse album is very different from my earlier records and is a collection of songs which resemble dark modern nursery rhymes at times. Odes to the magic of nature and dreams and reflections on my journey are at the heart of these songs.
Acoustic guitars, flute and cor anglais, violins, cello, organ and piano are just some of the instruments we used to interpret the dreamy, folk and modern classically inspired songs.
I believe that we have created a tapestry of enchanting music and haunting melody in the Rocking Horse album, and I am very excited to share this new record with you.
I am very excited to announce the release of Kelli Ali’s new album. Almost as excited as I am knowing I will be listening to it every day until I can sing the songs in my head whenever the music stops. This is the first day of the best music of the rest of my life. It’s one of those moments that will last forever.