Our radio is most frequently tuned to FM-90 (WABE) if it's on - in fact, that's how I get most of my news (well, that and the internet, of course). Usually, though, we're listening to CDs. Some of the ones at hand right now:
- Everyone who enters my personal space is currently being forced to listen to Gaia Consort's Gaia Circles CD. Repeatedly. With occasional breaks for Angel and the Hanged Man CD. I expect that we'll have to acquire The Burning soon, too.
- While we have several of the Four Bitchin' Babes' CDs now, Gabby Road was the first we got and it's still my favorite.
- Everything by Mike Rayburn. Every single CD he's released. Heck, I think we need a bigger CD turntable just so we can leave all of them in it all the time and still be able to listen to other stuff, as well. Mike is one of those artists who is even better live than on his recordings, and I think I've only missed one appearance by him in the Atlanta area in the last three or four years.
- Her Fabulous Debut by Carla Ulbrich. Carla's another performer I love seeing live, and Katie has really enjoyed her Notespeller. One problem with seeing Carla live, though, is that she's always got great new material that she hasn't yet recorded, and I go away humming half-remembered tunes and impatient to get them on CD!
- Anything I can find by Rockapella. I love everything they've done.
- The kids absolutely love the Flood CD from They Might Be Giants. I'm no longer certain how TMBG came into the house, although I've known about them since reading about one of Mercedes Lackey's characters driving someone completely nuts by singing their songs - so of course I had to go find out what these songs sounded like. I did not, however, plan to expose minors to TMBG. Really. It just happened somehow.
- The presence of Moxy Fruvous in our house is all Gwen's fault. Completely. She and Sam were car-pooling to work for a time, and she played the earworm The King of Spain. Sam couldn't get it out of his head, so he went off and found the Live Noise CD (which can't really be played with the kids around unless you have a fast hand on the remote, due to the adult contect of the patter between songs) and Bargainville.
- The Book of Secrets has been heard a lot around here for several years now, along with several of Loreena McKennitt's other CDs.
- Shelter: The Best of Contemporary Singer-Songwriters from Putumayo World Music (a compilation, obviously)
- Feather, Stone & Light, R. Carlos Nakai
- A dear friend recently introduced me to Michael Hedges's unique acoustic guitar work, and I went right out and acquired Oracle. Hedges was one of the main forces behind the Windham Hill label before his recent death.
- Reference Point, Acoustic Alchemy - one of several CDs I have and love from them.
- The Yearning, Michael Hoppé and Tim Wheater
- Your Little Secret, Melissa Ethridge
- The Wurst of PDQ Bach, from Peter Schickele with various partners in crime (highly recommended for many a laugh)
- Cristofori's Dream, David Lanz
- Luck of the Draw, Bonnie Raitt. Yeah, I've had it for years and I still love that CD. I've performed I Can't Make You Love Me a couple of times, but it's hard to perform a song that makes you cry.
- Open the Window, Elise Witt. I overheard Ms. Witt talking to the owner of Charis Books when she dropped off some copies of this CD, and she sounded like such a neat person I bought one. I haven't regretted it!
- Bolling Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Claude Bolling. I got the CD after I wore out the cassette tape I've had since high school. I don't like Suite II quite as much, although it is pleasant and I do listen to it on occasion.
- Old, New, Borrowed & Blue from the Saffire--The Uppity Blues Women - this is another one for which I owe thanks to Charis Books. I saw the CD on their shelves and grabbed it--how could I resist a group that calls itself "The Uppity Blues Women" now matter how they sounded? Fortunately, they sound very, very good--I have all their CDs now. Sam and I have seen them in concert twice, and I don't plan to miss any of their concert dates that are within driving distance.
- Life Blood, Joanne Shenandoah (with Peter Kater)
- Women of the World: Celtic, another one from Putumayo World Music. Katie heard the first song, Against the Wind (performed by Máire Brennan of Clannad) playing in a record store and loved it, so we got the CD. We have Women of the World: Celtic II as well, and while it's good, none of the songs stick in my mind quite as much as Brennan's cut or Nancy McCallion's On We Go on the first volume.
- Women's Work is also from Putumayo World Music. It introduced me to Ani DiFranco, which would have been worth the cost of the CD even if the rest of it wasn't as marvelous as it is.
- Three, The Flirtations. This contains the funniest version of the old song Fun, Fun, Fun that you will ever hear! They also do a version of Carly Simon's Life is Eternal that I like even better than her own, as well as a lovely vocal arrangement of On Children from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. One of my favorite songs on this CD, though, is a lullaby I added to those I sing to Katie, Everything's Possible by Fred Small.
- There are four cassettes I've almost worn out and need to replace. I got them when I was pregnant with Katie seven years ago, played them to soothe both of us during the pregnancy, sang the songs to Katie to quiet her--and we both still love the tapes and singing the songs together. They're the three volumes of Pamala Ballingham's Earth Mother Lullabies, and another tape she did called Voyage for Dreamers. Unfortunately I can't find all of them on CD--the "best" of the selections from the three tapes have been collected on a CD, but if Voyage for Dreamers is on CD I can't find it.
- One of Katie's favorite storybooks a few years ago was Jennifer's Rabbit. The book mentions that it's from the song of the same name by some guy named Tom Paxton, so I set out trying to find a recording and ended up with The Very Best of Tom Paxton. It's a wonderful CD by a wonderful songwriter.
- I have a bunch of Manhattan Transfer CDs--all older ones, as I don't like their newer sound nearly so much (after 1983 isn't really "newer" anymore, though, is it?) Still, I'd love to see them perform live sometime, but for now I settle for singing their songs whenever I have the opportunity to do so, and listening to them at home. Janis Siegel, the alto from the group, has done several solo CDs, as well. One of them, At Home is another of the CDs that you can generally find either in my CD player or soon to be played. Small Day Tomorrow is a marvelous song--the woman makes me want to be an alto! Manhattan Transfer does a version of the song Popsicle Toes, which was written by . . .
- Michael Franks, whose Sleeping Gypsy was the first jazz album I ever owned. My father worked for a company owned by a wonderful man named Michael Franke, and a salesman looking to curry favor gave Mr. Franke the album. He didn't want it, so Daddy took it home to me--and I was hooked. Franks voice is the sexiest I've ever heard, and has to be the closest a human can come to being as sultry as a well-played saxophone (listen to Tell Me All About it from the Passionfruit album if you doubt me!)
- Rock My Country by Cindy Lou Harrington and Showdown recently joined the playlist here in our home. We saw them at Fiddler's Green and really enjoyed the show. It seems that we should just go ahead and plan to buy at least one CD every month when we go to Fiddler's Green, because we almost always love the acts that play there.
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