Dear Alela Diane:
You really are something else.
This humble Grumpy Monkey just happened to come across your 2006 album, “The Pirate’s Gospel”, on the emusic website while he was browsing through songs one day.
And he just happened to take a chance on the first two songs on the album; “Tired Feet” and “The Rifle.”
Wow, was he impressed.
You have done an excellent job of reinterpreting the traditional American/English folk song for a new generation.
Your work is distinguished by excellent songwriting, taunt fingerpicked guitar notes, a smooth voice and sweetly blended harmonies.
Your latest album, “To Be Still”, boasts an excellent first single in “White as Diamonds.” And your work with the Headless Heroes was recently featured on an All Songs Considered Podcast that one can find here.
And let’s be honest. You look a little bit like Jessica Biel, which isn’t exactly hurting your case with this bashful Monkey admirer.
But your Monkey is not a jealous Monkey. He is not greedy and overpossesive. He does not want to hoard you in his ipod and on his computer like dragons used to hoard treasure and gold coins during medieval times.
Your Monkey wants to share you with the world.
Here is Alela Diane performing “Tired Feet.”