Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Writer, fueled by coffee



One of my intentions for 2011 is to write more: books, blog, personal correspondence. I’m working on edits for S.C. I have a longer blog in the works, but in the meantime I wanted to finish this wee one I began a few weeks ago.

I’d like to share a few albums & artists that I discovered and loved in 2010 (Many of them are not new, just new to me).

For the last seven years, I feel like my musical listening has consisted primarily of children’s music with the occasional beloved album from my youth thrown in for comfort listening. Of mainstream artists, I have NO clue. Any new listening has come from the trusted recommendations of friends, online and off. I don’t own an iPod, and most music I listen to is on my computer or in the car (on old fashioned cds).

So…here are my top ten (in no particular order) new-to-me artists of 2010:

Sxip Shirey

Kim Boekbinder

Lance Horne

Zoë Keating

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

Mucca Pazza

Hera Hjartardottir

Arcade Fire

Gabriel Yared

Bitter Ruin

It’s a varied list, but each is rich and wonderful in their own way.

Author: Valya

Valya Dudycz Lupescu is the author of THE SILENCE OF TREES and STICKS & BONES, as well as the founding editor of CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character. Born and raised in Chicago, Valya received her degree in English at DePaul University and her MFA in Writing as part of the inaugural class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since receiving her MFA, Valya has worked as a college professor, obituary writer, content manager, internal communications specialist, co-producer of an independent feature film, and Goth cocktail waitress.

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