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Recorded Stuff

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. I found them! All of them!
  • 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.

Last updat­ed Jan­u­ary 3, 2001