Keren Ann : The Best Musician

Keren Ann and dancers | Photo by Benjamin Seroussi (from the video “My Name is Trouble”) – For the Travel Junkie, Keren Ann is the best musician. In this year, Keren Ann gave me more inspirations for travel around the world – countries meets oceans meets islands meets cultures.

Melancholy, fresh familiarity, and a geography lesson in a soft mezzo-soprano.

We’re looking at a genuine culture-crosser: Israel-born, Paris and New York based. Keren Ann is the daughter of a Dutch-Javanese mother and a Russian-Israeli father. (Nope, that’s not a typo – Java is a very real island in Indonesia).

I love her music. Naturally, her music is so impossibly eclectic that it oozes a vague aftertaste of familiarity – think Feist meets Carla Bruni meets The Beatles – while being completely original, lingering in the delightful limbo between indie folk and Nouvelle Chanson.



And if she sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because her music has been featured in many films and TV series, including: “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Six Feet Under”, “Big Love”, and “Deux Jours à Tuer”. Her song “Beautiful Day” has been the sound of the “Skyteam” campaign, and in 2008 her song “Lay Your Head Down” was the synch for the international H&M Spring commercial.

Her music helps us connect to others – to fellow travel junkies who might share our taste in songs and to locals who might not speak our language but can carry the rhythm.

So, What Keren Ann songs would you add to the list? Share your picks in the comments!

Happy Green Travels!

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