By Joanna C. Valente
Here’s some music, new and old, you should listen to and check out:
Muddy Waters - The Folk Singer
How can you not listen to Muddy Waters? His 1964 album is gold. And it will chill your bones.
Natalie Merchant - Ophelia
Merchant is a gifted and incredibly talented musician and songwriter who never gets the attention she deserves. Her 1998 album is an underrated masterpiece. The title track will blow your mind.
Laura Veirs - The Lookout
Veirs is a gorgeous singer-songwriter who crafts tender, delicate songs. Her 2018 album is something not to miss. My favorite? “Seven Falls.”
Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Sirs & Madams, The Gods Are Dead, Marys of the Sea, Sexting Ghosts, Xenos, No(body), and is the editor of A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault. They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is the founder of Yes Poetry and the senior managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine. Some of their writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Them, Brooklyn Magazine, BUST, and elsewhere. Joanna also leads workshops at Brooklyn Poets. joannavalente.com / Twitter: @joannasaid / IG: joannacvalente / FB: joannacvalente