I mean, is there anything this woman can't do? She can sing, writes music and lyrics and on top of that plays piano and ukelele, used to be a living statue, doesn't mind being naked and had a great TED-talk (see below).
To top it all off, she married the writer Neil Gaiman. And now she has written a book, which I have yet to read.
But before that I get that chance, I wanted to write about her music and how it has become my favourite thing to listen to currently.
I basically started listening to her music when I found out she married Neil Gaiman, because I firmly believed anyone who slept with this man must have magic powers.
Even though her music is miles away from the things Gaiman produces, it really appealed to me. The first album I listened to by Amanda was Who killed Amanda Palmer from 2008. It had humour (listen to the song Oasis) but was also very relatable. Soon I found out there was an album taken at a show she did with her hubby, An evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer. This album has been my support through rough traveling to Russia, and is a perfect album to listen to as a distraction from aviaphobia. There are stories being told and poems being read, which is a lovely combined with music and the atmosphere of two very different individuals who love each other working together.
Right now I'm mostly into her first band, the Dresden Dolls, which started in 2000 by Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione. They produced their distinct punk-cabaret until 2008, when Amanda decided to go solo. I'm not sure how to describe the Dresden Dolls, or why I like them so much, it's probably the weirdest music I've listened to in a very long time and it matches whatever I'm doing at the moment. The best way to understand is to just listen to some of it, I'm recommending the songs Dear Jenny, Necessary Evil, Girl Anachronism and Bad Habit to get a full range of what their music is. Coin- operated boy is one more well-know, but very different from what the rest of their music is like I think.
The other things there are to love about Amanda, apart from her music, is the way she keeps in contact with her fans. She is very active on twitter (at this moment she is retweeting everyone's comments and photo's of her book, making me want it to be here even more) and she is an active blogger.
To me, this woman is a great source of inspiration, from her shameless nakedness and feminist blogposts to her way of making a difference in the music industry by asking people to pay for music instead of demanding money. I can't wait to read The art of asking, I'm sure it will be even more inspiring from what I've already seen of it.
This might be updated when I have read the book ofcourse.