Category: singers

RIP Nancy Wilson
Intelligent, emotional and true — Nancy Wilson called herself a “song stylist”. She managed to mix irony and compassion in her interpretations seemingly effortlessly. She died today at the ripe age of 81. Listen to her caught-you-red-handed song, Guess Who I Saw Today, for an [...]
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In the Key of Sagittarius: Benjamin Clementine
Although he was born on December 7, 1988, Benjamin Clementine sounds like he’s lived for a thousand years. Wow. Here is his chart. Sadly no birth time. But I think you can hear that Sagittarian freedom and wildness in the way he unleashes his voice. And the generation with Neptune in [...]
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Venus in Gemini: The Twinkle
Those of you who follow this series already know that we’re looking at beautiful or extraordinary people to try and get an idea of how Venus, the goddess of beauty, works in each sign. Light, breezy, youthful, friendly, clever, funny — those are Gemini adjectives. Maybe the most famous Venus [...]
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The Summer Wind
A little easy listening for summer. This melancholy song with its beautiful lyrics has been covered many times. I didn’t know it was initially a German tune — Der Sommerwind — which Johnny Mercer heard and translated into English. I’ve been listening to many versions on YouTube. Here are my [...]
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In the Key of Pisces: Nancy Wilson
So versatile, so clear, so direct: there’s no one like Nancy Wilson. I love her easy listening albums from the late 1960s/early 1970s (which included some of the best interpretations of Latin American music in English). They sparkle. Her voice is so pure and powerful, but it’s her ability to [...]
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Venus in Pisces: Dirty Sweet
Those of you following this Venus in… series will know already that Venus is not entirely about how you look. For that we look at the Ascendant and planets aspecting it. Venus though can tell us what makes you attractive, or even what makes you beautiful. So it’s pretty interesting that the [...]
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Just A Little Broken: RIP George Michael
Fragile, strong, sweet, sharp — a little broken. George Michael was a superstar with a seemingly boundless musical gift, but it was his vulnerability that made him special. Something, somewhere, had been cracked (one felt), and, like a “golden repair” on a Japanese pot, it made George Michael [...]
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In the Key of Pisces: Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole… perfect phrasing, casual grace, immortal. Cole was an outstanding jazz pianist who just happened to be able to sing — to start with. Of course, it’s his gorgeous voice for which he’ll be remembered — and indeed he has a packed second house, which we might associate with voice, [...]
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In the Key of Pisces: James Taylor
James Taylor’s soft, reedy baritone is so sweet and his melody-weaving so certain, his lyrics so perfectly distilled and his phrasing so effortless — he truly was blessed by the gods of music and song. Indeed, his first album, which included classics like Carolina in My Mind and Rainy Day [...]
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Kesha’s Saturn Return
Los Angeles will eat you. The LA music biz specialises in packaging young girls into pop stars — Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Nicky Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears. The singer-songwriter Kesha is one of those. Spotted by producer Dr Luke at the age of 17,  she was [...]
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In The Key Of Pisces: James Blunt
English singer-songwriter James Blunt must have been eating Neptune crackers when he made this unbelievably Piscean video for his huge hit You’re Beautiful. He’s soaking wet for most of the performance, his shoes seem to play a central role and it ends with a dip in the ocean. He [...]
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Music To Set The Mood For Love
Love songs for Valentine’s Day — these have passed the test of time.   The singers are chosen by sun sign, naturally. Happy Valentine’s Day. Aries Sarah Vaughn: Aries Taurus Ella Fitzgerald: Taurus Gemini Brian Wilson, Gemini Cancer The Wannadies’ lead singer Par [...]
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Chrissie Hynde, Leader of the Band
“Now, let me assure you that, technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility.” — Chrissie Hynde could be talking about her whole life in that one sentence. Everyone had that album: the Pretenders first. Pictured: a line [...]
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Ethereal Woman vs Material Girl
  Did you know that popmamas Madonna and Kate Bush were born within a few weeks of each other? Oh astrological joy! The English mystic and the queen of consumerism…. let’s check it out. Kate Bush shimmered on to the music scene with an astonishingly original sound when she was [...]
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Venus in Capricorn: Beautiful Bones
Scarlett Johansson. Sun in Sag. Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Cap Venus is a about money and love and beauty. Her natal placement tells us about all those things. It tells us about how we love, what we love and what makes us loveable. Venus is also about seduction. How we are attractive, whom [...]
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Bowie: Back After a Decade of Silence
Plaintive, beautiful, broken, nostalgic. David Bowie’s new single Where Are We Now?, released today, is a return to his Berlin years both lyrically and musically. Bowie’s 66th birthday is today – maybe a good moment to recall those times in Berlin (1976-1979) when he produced some [...]
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“Dress Classy, Dance Cheesy”
Everyone’s talking about Psy, the South Korean rapper. Watch the video and see why. And naturally take a look at the transits to his chart – no birth time available. Mercury’s on his North Node, Pluto’s rocketing him to worldwide attention, by putting the heat under his [...]
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Enter the Fairy Realm: Venus in Gemini
Steal away with the fairies for the next few months while Venus dances in Gemini “At the beginning of each summer, when the milk-white hawthorn is in bloom, anointing the air with its sweet odour, and miles and miles of golden whin adorn the glens and hill-slopes, the fairies come forth [...]
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Lady Gaga and Her Hungry Pluto Moon
I wrote a piece last year comparing Lady Gaga and Madonna. I was reminded of it because I’ve had a whole bunch of charts come across my desk with a Moon-Pluto conjunction. Now I hasten to add that all these charts belonged to people who were living out the combo well. The Gaga and the [...]
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