Divas – Hope and Hannah

Last Thursday, 4th July, President Trump gave an Independence Day speech in which he claimed that in the 1700s, more than 300 years ago, there were airports and airplanes; but I think I’ve done enough ‘batshit crazy’ posts for the time being. I will just add, though, that very few of the presstitutes reported on this gobsmacking statement by the President of the United States. I think I should either go lay in a darkened room, or have some music…

‘Mazzy Star’ is an American alternative rock band formed in Santa Monica, California, in 1989. Arguably, founding member David Robeck set up the band to showcase the singing talent of Hope Sandoval. The band’s most famous song is probably Fade Into You, and here’s Mazzy Star performing it live way back in 1994…

Hope Sandoval was born in Los Angeles in 1966 into a large Mexican-American family. Aside from her musical talent, a remarkable thing about Hope Sandoval is her shyness – she must be one of the shyest people ever to stand on a stage. During the early days of Mazzy Star, Hope would often hide behind her long hair while performing, to avoid eye contact with the audience. This song is called Flowers in December

Mazzy Star achieved moderate success during the former part of the 1990s until the band went on hiatus in 1997. Hope Sandoval then formed her own band called ‘The Warm Inventions’. Sandoval also toured and collaborated with other artists, including Massive Attack and The Jesus and Mary Chain. In 2011 Mazzy Star reformed and in 2013 put out an album called ‘Seasons of Your Day’. The first single release from this album is called California. Hope Sandoval has never overcome her shyness and prefers to perform in near-darkness with only a dim backlight. More than two decades separate Fade Into You from California, which was released when Hope was knocking 50 years old. In all that time you’ll be hard pushed to find any interviews that Hope has given. Mazzy Star are still making music today and now well into her 50s Hope Sandoval remains a beautiful woman, and of course incredibly shy…

This brings me on to diva number two, Hannah Reid. In much the same way that Mazzy Star was formed to showcase Hope Sandoval, the band ‘London Grammar’ was formed in 2009 to showcase the musical talents of Hannah Reid, who was born in London in 1989. Hannah Reid also suffers from stage fright, although she’s nowhere near as bad as Hope Sandoval in this respect. The following is a session that London Grammar did for KEXP in Seattle back in 2013. This was during the early years of the band (who are still going) and gives an indication of what they are about. Hope and Hannah: you can’t beat beautiful, talented women on a Sunday afternoon. I’m sure Donald Trump will enjoy all this…

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