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Saturday, June 29, 2019, 4:00 AM

with Ria Mae
Still On My Mind wafts in like a beautiful breeze, a chilled out tumble of sadness and joy, melancholy and bliss. That familiar voice is fully present, soft, intimate and delightfully conversational, caressing melodies over a subtle flow of beats, with an aching catch that tugs at the heart strings. She was the girl who got away. But after five years of silence, Dido is back. Dido Armstrong made two of the best-selling albums in British chart history. No Angel still remains the top-selling debut by a British female artist worldwide. The chilled out singer-songwriter notched up over forty million album sales across her career. There wasnt really an intention to walk away from music, she insists. Im not a very intentional person. I've never been good at the big picture. I'm not good at next week, I'm not good at next year. But I'm brilliant at today! I know what I'm enjoying in the moment. Didos titanic success swept her away. It started when she was a backing singer with her brother Rollos band Faithless. She toured in support of their 1996 debut album all the way through to the release of her own debut in 1998. No Angels success was slow burning, growing and growing to eventually become the bestselling album of 2001. All that time Dido was on the road, through the phenomenal Life For Rent in 2003, all the way to performing to a TV audience of billions at Live8 in 2005. I toured for nine years straight. And then I just stopped. It was time for Dido to catch up with her own life. Safe Trip Home was released in 2008, with a more acoustic and orchestral ambience. I love that record. It has stood the test of time for me, she says. But Dido chose not to go back on tour to promote it. I was sort of coming down the mountain back home, and it was a real moment of liberation when I realised I could just make music, and the people who want to hear it will find it for themselves. She got married in 2008 and a son, Stanley, was born in 2011. Dido went on to release one more album, Girl Who Got Away, in 2013, but once again opted not to take it on the road. The last album was a bit of a blur. Id sung all the songs while I was pregnant. It was lovely, and I wanted people to hear it, so eventually I put it out. And then I thought I just wanna hang out with my kid, you know. And that was the only real thought for a long time. Didos return has been as much of a surprise to her as it will be to her fans. To be honest, this album was almost accidental. I woke up one morning and thought I just want to work with my brother, Rollo. Its why I got into this in the first place. Were great together, I enjoy the company and we are so in sync. And in between having a lovely time hanging out with his family and walking the dogs, talking about music and the world, this album just sort of happened.Opening track Hurricanes is a mesmerising evocation of the enduring power of everyday domestic love, artfully blending Didos intimate songwriting with a mellifluous torrent of beats. Because I come from a club background, I find it very inspiring to create an atmosphere and sort of tease a song from it. I spend a huge amount of time messing about, creating backing tracks that conjure up images. Its like watching a movie in your mind and that becomes a song. You Dont Need A God is a gentle anthem to the power of music. Give You Up is a delicate ballad about recovering from a lost love affair. A key song, for Dido, was Have To Stay, in which she was able to articulate a mothers love for her child without over-sentimentalising. I'm writing in a new way I think. I guess when you have a child you slightly go into another dimension ... from which you might never return. For a long time, Dido felt she had nothing more to add to her oeuvre. What I write about are little moments of conflict, I think. There is always light and dark to it. But when you have a kid there is no conflict, you just love them and want to protect them and hang out with them. And I

Cost: $45.50-$54.50
Tickets: http://www.ticketnetwork.com/tix/tickets-3789569.aspx

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