Life Less Ordinary
launches its seduction of the listener's senses with the cool, clubby/soulful chill of "Do You Miss Me," a track that, for Mindi Abair
, captures the mood of the whole project. "The reason it's first is that if you like it, you'll like the rest of the album," she says. "It's got a little of everything, it always makes me want to dance, and the title is a perfect sentiment about me being on the road all the time." With its swirling mix of nouveau-old school percussion, trippy atmospheres and energetic horns, the next song chronicles her "Long Ride Home" perfectly. "It's a great driving song, a Euro-inspired tune we had a lot of fun with," she says.
Perhaps more than any other track, the sweetly-rendered Brazilian-tinged vocal track "Ordinary Love" sums up Abair's attitude towards love. Where most love songs address the intense passion at the beginning or the heartbreak at the end, Mindi pens a playful and endearing song which celebrates the sustaining beauty and freedom of every day, or ordinary, love. In what is now a Mindi Abair signature, she ends the CD with a lonely heartfelt ballad "Far Away". "It started out with me singing the melody and playing it on piano to demo the song. I always envisioned it with soprano saxophone as the main instrument, but when we recorded the saxophone track, we forgot to mute the "guide" vocal that I had put down. The two were so haunting together. We kept it!"