Alysse Fischer, Silent ____ Star.

June 28, 2012

I once heard a comedian say, Silent Letters Are DumB’. Putting extra inflection on the B sound at the end of the word. I chuckled.

 

I like silent letters personally. I think they’re clever but must be a nightmare for people new to the English language.  Then again, I’m new to every other language on earth, and some of the combinations of letters, or worse, strokes, as is in Chinese, just don’t add up. For instance the word for love in Chinese is “I.” It sounds just like “I” at least. As in “I” am. But it takes 13 strokes of the pen to spell it/say it. How awesome is that!

 

In the word Lucky, do think it’s the C or the K that is silent? I’ve always assumed they just go together, but I’d say the K is doing all the heavy lifting.

 

Last night I got to sing Lucky in Chinese (Mandarin) with GEM, a rad young artist from Hong Kong.

 

I’ve performed that song many many times and in a couple different languages now; Español and Japanese to name a few, and each time I get to get to say thank you to music itself for connecting me to these beautiful words, sounds, shapes and lovely spirits with whom I sing.

Some of you may remember Alysse Fischer from the 2009 Gratitude Café Tour. She was not only a star crew member but she would get all fancy just in time to take the stage each night for a beautiful rendition of Lucky. These days you can hear Alysse’s original music on Itunes or bandcamp. Check out her beautiful song, “Safe in My Arms.” http://alyssefischer.bandcamp.com/track/safe-in-my-arms

 

Her music, while beautiful and profound, often goes unnoticed or unheard, which is unfortunate. Acts like Alysse Fischer, Gregory Page, Carlos Olmeda, Dawn Mitschele, Parker Ainsworth, Tristan Prettyman, Matt and Avasa Love, Bushwalla, The Makepeace Brothers, Ryan Dilmore, and Luc & The Lovingtons are at times like the silent letters of the ever expanding music world. You don’t hear them, YET. But they’re there and they’re as important and brilliant as all the rest. In fact, it is from this community of musicians and songwriters that I find my strength and inspiration and if you’re ever curious to know who my greatest influences are, check out any and all of the acts mentioned above. Hear their songs; their letters to you, and help them break their silence.

Meanwhile, I’ll be practicing mnemonics attempting to improve my knowledge, building a solemn column, rhyming a lot, untying knots, and trying not to bomb yet, wondering where the O in the word people went.

COMMENTS (16)
  • Avatar of XJStar21
    XJStar21 said ...

    You will totally find this interesting. just read this earlier today before reading this post. Coincidence… I think not! (hope it fits)

    The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty’s Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5 year phase-in plan that would be known as “Euro-English”.

    In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of the”k”. This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have 1 less letter.

    There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f”. This will make words like “fotograf” 20% shorter.

    In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be ekspekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent “e”s in the language is disgraseful, and they should go away.

    By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v”. During ze fifz year, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou” and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

    After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi to understand ech ozer. Ze drem vil finali kum tru! And zen ve vil tak over ze world!

  • Avatar of lovePEAR
    lovePEAR said ...

    sweet

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    Eastslopes said ...

    Grateful for your Journal
    Your energy is awe – inspiring.
    Love the background pic each time I visit your journal; truly a heavenly place.
    Thank-you with Love: from the Eastslopes of the Canadian Rockies.
    Come visit soon!

  • Avatar of seaplane
    seaplane said ...

    I went for your concert in Taipei on Tuesday night, well, alone. I really didn’t explain how I feel when I was in the concert. For a while, among dancing crowd, I stood still and looked up at the ceiling (well it’s indoor stadium so I couldn’t see the sky). I suddenly realized how I feel. Your music is like rain, showered down on that warm nightfall. Some of the songs are drizzling, some are pouring but they made me feel damn good.. (luckily, you are not a big name of hail)

    Thank you so much, hope to see you again Mr. Mraz.

    Cheers,

    Drenched lady in Taipei :)

  • Avatar of CarmenS
    CarmenS said ...

    “But when you get music and words together, that can be a very powerful thing.”
    ~ Bryan Ferry

    And, beautiful.

    Happy (full of sweetness) birthday – hope you’re still embracing wishes.

    Much love,
    Carmen

  • Avatar of memrazify
    memrazify said ...

    You’re brilliant….You inspired me with your songs.
    I really love it…
    LOVE,LOVE,LOVE.♥♥♥

  • Avatar of kaunkst7
    kaunkst7 said ...

    Love the way your mind works!! :-) Don’t ever stop sharing… *PEACE*

  • Avatar of mrazfan1031
    mrazfan1031 said ...

    Thanks to you, Mr. Jason Mraz, you have shown me so many wonderful things that I just wasn’t paying enough attention to. Not only musically, but just in life in general, and I thank you, sir. You are a very generous person and I am happy that you share all your friends (who just happen to be very talented artists) with us. Thank you. You make my world happier. Have a beautiful day and thanks for being you.
    xo,
    Linda

  • Avatar of FDwithMraz
    FDwithMraz said ...

    Sometimes… quiet is the new loud -as kings of convenience said.
    Never taking for granted the ‘silent letters’ within you. Us.

    Thank you for this piece of writing, J. As usual… inspiring. :)

    Gratefully ours,
    FDwithMraz

  • Avatar of dawnmitschele
    dawnmitschele said ...

    Thank you for your support, Jason!

    You have been the biggest inspiration on my journey so far, and you continue to inspire me through the greatness you continually step into. I’ve always seen you as a *Love Magician!* weaving love and family all throughout the world!

    And thank you for the comments everyone! Especially you, Ana Diegues :)
    Being seen or heard is the greatest gift we can give each other.
    So….thank you for hearing me and the rest of us!!

    Always love,
    dawn

  • Avatar of Rose
    Rose said ...

    Thanks to your recs. Those are all familiar people on my playlists! I love hearing new music! Happy have you back in the states soon!!!

  • Avatar of UniEve
    UniEve said ...

    Totally agree with you.
    Hope you to share more good songs, articles, books, musicians, or writers with us.

  • Avatar of shorekimmy
    shorekimmy said ...

    Best Blog Ever!!!

  • Avatar of GloriousMe
    GloriousMe said ...

    Agreed. There’s some very good music in your list. I’ve caught pieces of Alysse Fischer’s stuff on the internet every so often and really liked it, as I do Safe In My Arms. Also “k” never gets the credit it deserves. Poor guy.

  • Avatar of ninhadiegues
    ninhadiegues said ...

    Totally agree.. al the people you mentioned are great, awesome!!! And thanks to you i know all of them and have the pleasure of listening to their music. But i got to say something… Dawn Mitschele is, particularly, my favorite, she has one of the most beautiful voices on earth, i could spend days listening to her sweet voice and never get tired of it!!

    I believe that it’s our job to make people know them, we need share this gold with our friends.. and spread good music all over!!! Make them be heard… no more silent Dawn, or Allyse.. or Carlos Olmeda(the one who wrote the most beautiful song with my name…) Gregory Page, Bush.. they GOTTA be heard, they Can’t be silent!

    I would add to this list: Jessie Payo… beautiful voice, beautiful girl, love her!

    http://youtu.be/TLHXBWvF9G4

  • Avatar of normason
    normason said ...

    Instagram: Does that mean you’re an old fart now?

    Blog: The acts you mention are silent only to those who aren’t listening.

    Love

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