After various people compared Singer/Songwriter Rachael Sage's intrinsic musical styles with various artists, including Ani DiFranco, Tori Amos, Lisa Loeb, the Stanford grad came to the realization that: Every note has been played, and it's just gonna be the spirit that you put into it that's gonna make it different.1
So instead of subconsciously insisting upon originality, perhaps listeners should reserve their highly specialized tympanic membranes exclusively for musical chemistry analysis. By listening closer to the various sonic nuances in Sage's music—how they intermingle and flow in unison.
The Specialty Coffee Association of America designed a Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel which lists the many flavor hints connoisseurs' tongues might discern from a single cup of coffee.2 Including hints of spice, fruit, honey and nuts. An all-inclusive guide for discriminating taste testers. Which seems to also represent the molecular complexity of the world's most widely consumed psychoactive drug.3
Sage's symbolism of a purple sequin portrayed in the lyrics of The Sequin Song is the basis for the name of her backup band, The Sequins.
I got a giant piece o' plastic
Scratchin' on my heart
A big 'ol purple sequin that's been
Tearin' me apart4
I imagine a decorative sequin as a representation of a true gemstone. Barely a solid form; a superficial disk. Sewn to clothing en masse to simulate glittering gems, which they fail to perfectly portray.
Perhaps a similar sort of superficial simulation displays iconic musical artists as pop culture trinkets. Glorified personages; manufactured brands; images backed by popular demand. As an external image of what the people want replaces the artist's actual personality. And an angst develops beneath the surface, out of the core personality's desire to break free.
And perhaps this is a reason for her songs that delve the soulish self and the human spirit. Like the lead track on her Haunted by You(2012) album, Invisible Light:
Invisible light…invisible light shining down on me
Invisible light…invisible light would you set me free5
If listeners are unable to see Rachael Sage through the product packaging, she puts the soulish realm on display. With interpretations by an artist working to break through superficial barriers.