Good news and sad news

So the year is coming to a close – and you know what that means! My “best of 2009” posts are coming soon. :)

First, though, some musical notes:

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Richard Ashcroft

Richard Ashcroft must be busy – a recent NME.com article details how he not only composed the title song for The Journey, a film that “aims to highlight the plight of sex trafficking,” but he also recently recorded “‘between 20-30 songs'” with rap producer No ID! Hopefully we’ll hear what Ashcroft and No ID have come up with in 2010, but for now you can buy “The Journey” on iTunes – and as it says on Ashcroft’s official site, your purchase of the track from the film means that “money will be donated to the Helen Bamber Foundation” (“a UK-based human rights organisation, formed in April 2005 to help rebuild lives and inspire a new self-esteem in survivors of gross human rights violations”). Great song, and an even greater cause.

Brittany Murphy
Brittany Murphy

Very unexpectedly and sadly, today actress/sometime singer Brittany Murphy died of cardiac arrest. She was only 32. I knew of Murphy for two things that I love: her voicing of King Of The Hill character Luanne, and her vocal performance on the Paul Oakenfold 2006 song “Faster Kill Pussycat.” “Faster Kill Pussycat” was and still is one of those perfect summer songs to me, and her great work on that track led me to wonder if Murphy might start up a pop career at some point. Brittany Murphy will be missed.