AS time goes by and we have more experiences in life, it’s easier to get in touch with our innermost feelings . . . to know more about what we really want, how we really feel. These days, I’m feeling strong . . . maybe a little gutsier than in the past . . . and just as passionate about music and life as I ever was.’’ In case you’re wondering, I am Celine Dion, and I have a new album coming out, so I thought it would be a good time to cut through the crap and let you know what’s going on in my heart and in my manager’s office. That’s why I’m bringing to you a fresh thought that my team and I came up with, just like that, for my latest press release. All I said was ‘‘ feelings’’ and ‘‘ gutsier’’ and suddenly we had a whole paragraph. Amazing. I mean, I am feeling a bit stronger, but not in a musical way, necessarily. Financially, certainly, but is that really strength? At the end of the day, as we have more experiences in life, it’s easier to get in touch with our innermost feelings, and that has to be more important than your bank balance. You can’t put a price on inner peace, can you? That’s a good thought, I think. Oops, there I go again with a thought. Must hang on to a few for the next album. There’s probably more where that came from. After all, as we have more experiences in life, the easier it is to get in touch with our innermost feelings. Wow, that’s a good one. Oh, my album’s called Taking Chances , which is pretty gutsy if you ask me. SPEAKING of innermost feelings, sometimes referred to as acute nausea, emotions were frayed here at Spin Doctor HQ while viewing a gnarly nugget of tearjerking terror from the Idol queen of the platitude, Marcia Hines, who is also flogging a new album, this one called Life , which — don’t get ahead of me here — is about her life. Her press release comes with an accompanying film in which the former first lady of pop gushes forth on a variety of topics, all related to how she climbed from humble beginnings in the back streets of Boston to the dizzy heights of talent- quest television. ‘‘ If you believe in yourself, you can do anything,’’ Marcia’s mother told her. ‘‘ I will sing . . . and I will have a good life,’’ she thought to herself when she was nine. Whether she heard the accompanying angelic chorus isn’t mentioned, but you can almost sense a greater force, an almighty, right there in the room with you, when she goes for the big one: ‘‘ In the history books . . . when I’m dead and gone . . . people will be able to look in the book and say, ‘ Hey, there’s a chick called Marcia Hines’.’’ But she’s no Dicko, someone will add, amusingly. ON a thoroughly more worthwhile note, the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Pink Tie compilation CD features tracks by Sarah Blasko, Josh Pyke, Missy Higgins and many others. For details, log on to the NBCF website at www. nbcf. org. au.
spindoc@ theaustralian. com. au song structure, Seven Seven , his seventh album, is a much more refined piece of work, lyrically eloquent and musically lush in places but still allowing room for unexpected instrumental flourishes. Echoes of Elliott Smith abound in the climactic opener, Everything Feels Now, and the overtly poppy Love Won’t Wait . Need a Miracle , with tabla and strings, is equally addictive, while I’m Changed sounds like Prince rocking out on the Beatles’ White Album. Ironically, one of the best songs is the least adorned, with Walker wrapping his plaintive, warm croon around the acoustic ballad She Makes Signs . A man of many talents, and surprises.