Ms. Gardot has the most remarkable story. It's a tale that demonstrates the healing power of music and a triumph over adversity. When she was a 19-year-old fashion student at a community college in Philadelphia, Gardot was knocked from her bicycle and left in the street by a hit-and-run driver in a Jeep. While recuperating for a year from multiple head and back injuries and pelvic fractures, Gardot turned to music as therapy in the hospital. She wrote and recorded songs from her hospital bed.
"Music is the thing that saved me," she told Chrissy Iley of The Sunday Times. "It's the thing that gave me purpose. In my mind it made me walk. It gave me the dignity of being a human being who could do something, and we all need purpose. If nothing defines your character, nothing gives you the ability to wake up in the morning. I think we can easily lose the passion to exist, and then it becomes hard to wake up, hard to go to sleep. So in that sense, music has become my priority. Music is my love. Probably the greatest love of all for me. Men are just my lovers."
Wow. I'm not really sure how to follow up that quote, but I can tell you that Ms. Gardot can sing out of the bubble bath as well. Check out this performance of Gardot's "Worrisome Heart," the title track from her 2006 album, record live in Paris. While you're watching that clip, let me know if you're down with jazz or if you'd rather submerge yourself in a bubble bath than listen to that stuff.Madison Bloodbath has absolutely nothing to do with Ms. Gardot, other than the fact that she's featured in the bath in her video and the blokes in this band use that word in the second half of their name. Not only that, Madison Bloodbath are considerably noisier than Gardot, but that doesn't mean they're any less special. Take a listen to "The Truth About Donkeys" below, and if you like it, you can right click and hit "save as" to add it to your digital music collection. If you really like it, look for the band's album, Gittin Loose With Madison Bloodbath on ADD Records.