Keane, Ash Covers Enrich Lennox's 'Collection'
xA busy schedule as an HIV/AIDS activist sent Annie Lennox looking to outside material for the pair of new songs that will be part of "The Annie Lennox Collection" next month.A busy schedule as an HIV/AIDS activist sent Annie Lennox looking to outside material for the pair of new songs that will be part of "The Annie Lennox Collection" next month.
"I'm so busy and I'm so focused on what I'm doing at the moment I didn't take the time to sit down and write new songs," Lennox, who recorded Keane's "Closer Now" (retitled "Pattern of My Life" for Lennox's "Collection") and Ash's "Shining Light," tells Billboard.com.
"The Keane song is exquisite and beautiful ... and ('Shining Light') I heard about six years ago and I couldn't stop playing it, so it's been with me ever since," she continues. "I've done a kind of more upbeat version of their song; I just think it's so inspirational and it's somewhat exuberant and ecstatic and it has this dimension to it that works on all sorts of different levels."
Lennox decided to stick with fairly obvious choices for the other 12 songs on "Collection," including the hits "Why" and "Walking on Broken Glass" and "Sing," which launched her SING Campaign to raise awareness of the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.
"It's choice cuts, and it's nice," she says of the album. "If you never heard of me and someone said, 'Well, there'll be one album you get to hear and it's the best of this artist's work that will represent this person very, very well,' then I think that is what the 'Collection' is about."
Lennox, who spoke and lobbied at the 17th International AIDS Conference in Mexico City this week, has not scheduled any live shows to promote the "Collection," but she will join Bryan Adams, Natasha Bedingfield and others at the Peace One Day concert on Sept. 9 in New York. The event will be filmed for a TV special and raise funds to raise awareness for the Sept. 21 Peace Day celebration.
And since the "Collection" ends her deal with Sony BMG, Lennox says she's looking forward to exploring her options.
"There's all kinds of possibilities ahead of me," she explains. "I have a real interest in how to communicate with people via the Internet as a more broadly multi-dimensional artist and communicator. I'm in a really uniquely special creative place where I can do anything I like. I think that's really interesting."