The other week, Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” was on one of the free movie channels. We decided to watch it and see what the big deal was about.
I have to admit, it was a pretty decent show. But that’s not what I’m writing about.
The guitarist was really good; her name was Orianthi Panagaris. She really kicked ass. My wife questioned whether it was the same “Orianthi” that sings a pop song that she happens to like.
Out came he laptop and my daughter did a search.
Sure enough, they were one and the same.
I’m more of a “rock’n’roll” kinda guy, but I don’t mind most pop songs. I had to find out what else she sings and/or plays.
I found out some really cool facts about her as well as some videos of her playing less pop-like material. To quote Santana from that linked web site:
"It's not cute any more. It's seriously ass-whupping. If I was going to pass the baton to somebody, she would be my first choice."
I had to add her album to my collection. Having recently acquired an iPod Nano, I picked up “Believe (II)” from iTunes. On it, she also does a instrumental guitar duel with Steve Vai.
I love this one listener review from iTunes:
As a fan of heavier music (generally screamo and metal), I was impressed by the skills of Ori, from the first album “Violet Journey”, up until Believe (II), her music is continuously high on my playlist.
She’s like a bridge between the pop and rock gap.
Look ‘er up and give ‘er a listen.