It’s International Womens Day, the day when, traditionally, sweaty vein-popping men go online to moan that there isn’t an International Mens Day (there is, it’s on November 19th this year, and you can be sure you won’t hear women announcing that it’s ridiculous that there is one, even though it plainly is), and so I thought I’d mark the day with a tune by not one but three women.
Value for money, I think it’s called.
Not that any money has changed hands. That would be an international day for a very specific type of woman, and I don’t expect you all to have showered before reading this, so let’s not go there.
Instead, a really quite magnificent tune that I’ve been meaning to post for quite some time.
The slightly dubiously named Puss n Boots is something of a supergroup, comprising as it does Catherine Popper (who has worked with Ryan Adams and The Cardinals, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, and some chap called Jack White, who used to be quite a big deal if I remember rightly), Sasha Dobson (a jazz singer, guitarist and percussionist), and Norah Jones (daughter of Ravi Shankar, solo artist in her own right and who’s recorded with acts as diverse as Foo Fighters, A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Keith Richards and Herbie Hancock…I mean, it’s Norah Jones. You really should know who Norah Jones is. I do expect the most basic of knowledge of my readers.)
Anyway, this is a cover of an old Tom Paxton tune, and it’s really quite wonderful: