Listening to NPR and visiting the NPR website is starting to show when you look at the music I’ve been listening to lately. I just learned about a recently released album by Zooey Deshanel. She has become one of my favorite actresses over the last few years. The first film I ever saw her in (that I am aware of) was Almost Famous as the rebellious older sister, Anita Miller, who went off to see the world as a flight attendant to get out from under her overbearing mother’s thumb. The film that I fell in love with her in though was Elf. This is where I first heard Zooey sing. Her character, Jovie, sang “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with Will Farrell while she was in the staff shower at work before the morning shift was to start. I am very excited about an upcoming project she is a part of where she will be portraying Janis Joplin. The girl can sing!
This afternoon I purchased an album called Volume One by the group She & Him. The group consists of Zooey Deshanel and M. Ward and the music they perform may be categorized under Alternative on iTunes but I would call it more eclectic folk/vocal instead. Here is one of the songs from this album which is a cover of The Miracles & Smokey Robinson’s “You Really Got A Hold On Me“. Percy Sledge also did a version of this song. Zooey’s vocals on this track are absolutely beautiful! I love how her voice just dances and glides through the melody. Unfortunately the only video on YouTube with a direct feed of the cd track is attached to a silly little video of vintage cartoon footage. I hope you will still take a moment to listen though. Enjoy!