The first Bic Runga
song I ever heard was Get Some Sleep
; this was when she appeared on the BBC's Breakfast
news programme. I can't remember when that was, but the song was released in 2002, so it can't have been much later than that. Some songs can be infectious, this one certainly was because I played it literally hundreds of times over a fairly short period, sometimes 6 or 7 times in a row. It's a good thing I can multi-task.
The clearly autobiographical Get Some Sleep
is also the first track on Anthology
, which although it was released November 23 has just been tweeted by the lady herself. Actually, she tweeted it on November 30, but I've just read it, which shows how much I use that medium.
This is also the latest news that can be found on her official site
, nor is there any suggestion of an upcoming tour.
Although she has two talented sisters, Bic is a solitary individual these days, a single mother doing it on her own, and one suspects like so many talented individuals haunted by her own inner demons, which fortunately do not manifest in drugs, booze, or hacking off her ear.
So what is on Anthology
besides her most infectious song?
Quite a lot of good stuff including a cover of the Jacques Brel number Ne Me Quitte Pas
in the original French, a song she has been known to perform live but which is better known in English as If You Go Away
Like Al Stewart
though, Bic is a songwriter par excellence
, and although Sorry
is noticeable by its absence, Anthology
does include three of her finest songs: the lachyrmosal Say After Me
, the enchanting Gravity
, and the mystical Birds
, in which she draws on her own Maori heritage.
The big question must surely be, is this the best of Bic Runga or the best of Bic Runga so far? Although the Kiwi golden girl is far and away the biggest thing ever to come out of New Zealand music-wise, she remains relatively unknown to the rest of the world, in spite of some limited success in the States and getting her name in the Internet Movie Database
. There are two antidotes to this - another, and bigger tour, which one suspects will not materialise, and more new material combined with worldwide exposure. We can but live in hope.