Tuesday, June 21, 2011

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: NEeMA - Watching You Think

NEeMA - Watching You Think
Where to Find: NEema.ca

Born of Egyptian and Lebanese descent, singer/songwriter NEeMA has crafted something deeply personal and precious with her sophomore LP, Watching You Think.  A sleek combination of lightly orchestrated folk, intelligent poetry, warm production, and endearing, almost vulnerable vocals make it an instant classic in the genre.

NEeMA has been an active humanitarian for several years; she’s spent time with the Dali Lama and Mother Teresa, as well as working with children in Egypt and tribal elders in Wekweti. Her selfless spirit and experiences have clearly inspired her music, as Watching You Think reveals the singer/songwriter as a kindred spirit in the likes of Joni Mitchel, Bob Dylan, and Paul Simon.

For those of you wondering what we're doing reviewing NEeMA's CD here at Lapdog Creations... yes, there is a dog involved!  NEeMA wrote the song "Elsa's Lullaby" about her dog Elsa, a former stray she took in from the cold streets of Northern Canada. The song is an endearing depiction of the relationship between pet and owner, and a testament to the triumphant spirit of rescued animals everywhere. You can watch the video below...

NEeMA reminds me a little bit of a mellower Lisa Loeb (who I adore) and I find her tribute to Elsa both inspiring and heartwarming... plus, I adore the video!  Some of her lyrics are very close to home... "remember when I took you in, you were just a tiny little thing, you grew into my closest friend with uncanny compassion" and "now I watch you sleep by the door, curled up on some hotel room floor and I grieve a little at the brevity of your time here with me."

NEeMA is currently on tour in Europe, opening for Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck, Cyndi Lauper and Elton John!  You can check out photos and catch up on the latest happenings via her website and blog.

GIVEAWAY! NEeMA's record label has given us two copies of the Watching You Think CD featuring "Elsa's Lullaby" to giveaway! To enter:

1) Follow Lapdog Creations publicly (see "Followers" on the right hand side bar).
2) Leave a comment here telling me why you want a copy of the CD.

Winners will be selected by random number generator.
Deadline for entries is Tuesday, June 28 at midnight.


SissySees said...

I want a copy because of Elsa and anyone on tour with THAT line-up must be awesome!

How Sam Sees It said...

I love Elsa!


Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! I'm HERE ... Yes absolutely ... we want to enter in your giveaway. We are always looking for new Tunes. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Anonymous said...

Brandi was our beloved shelter dog. We where treated to 16 years of love and fun. She left us Oct 2010. The words to Elsa remind me of Brandi. Would enjoy the CD or even the single.

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