I had the opportunity to see Aimee Mann for the first time last week at The Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. What a dream. Sadly, I missed her when she toured promotion The Both with Ted Leo. But here are a few things I learned from her and her live band.
- Octave Vocals – Make you sound thick. Aimme Mann and her bassist/producer Paul Bryan layer octave vocals – making a dense two-layer dip.
- Paul Bryan – I didn’t know I loved his production work until I started digging deeper. Paul has worked with Aimee on several albums, as well as Grant Lee Phillips, Glen Phillips and Tess Wiley to name a few.
- Find Musicians Who Love Your Music – I don’t know who was playing for drums for Aimme the night I saw her. But her drummer sang-along. He was passionate about it. I love it.
- Rollercoaster was my favorites from her the evening.
- Be Human – Aimee walked up to the piano. And in her dry voice, she states, “I don’t play piano the piano, so I want to apologize in advance.” She had one fumble where she clears calls herself out. I loved it. She became human. Try something new Antonio. Don’t be scared
- I would love to chat with Aimee Mann about songwriting over coffee.
- Her run interview on Song Exploder is great. You never want to overuse that 7th chord.
- She won a Grammy last night for Best Folk Album! She skipped the big party and played a show in Cleveland instead. Her onstage banter was perfect.
- One day, I will do a show with the Imaginary Friends backed by the Tosca String Quartet. Tosca has backed up Bob Schneider in the past and did an incredible job supporting Aimme.
- Side Note: I love the Ben Gibbard – Bigger Than Love which features Aimee Mann.
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