Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cafe Chaos--Music

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Welcome to Café Chaos. Grab a cup of coffee or tea (we prefer coffee) and join us for a chat. Every Tuesday we’ll offer recommendations for music lovers. Feel free to comment on our picks or to throw in a few of your own. We’re listening!

SIS Barb says…

I like to sing. Loudly. Therefore, I like songs that are in a comfortable range for me. I don’t mind the occasional vocal stretch but singers like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Celine Dion, while they are some of my favorites, make their songs difficult for someone with an average range to have fun and belt out. In my opinion, there are other, equally talented singers that don’t sing in the stratosphere.

My pick of the Week: Miranda Lambert

She is one kick butt, high energy, rockin’ country star. She’s an extremely talented singer and songwriter that can hang with the best of them. Her range…average. Her heart…huge. Her talent…top notch. Ever seen her perform live? Trust me, it is a show that will have you on your feet jumpin’ and stompin’ right along with everyone else.

Recommended Album: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

My Favorite Songs: Famous In A Small Town and More Like Her

SIS Bren says...
Sometimes you hear a song and it whisks you back in time to a very particular place. You can remember what you were wearing, who you were with, how the air felt. It is so real that it can stir up emotions and feelings that have long since been buried and forgotten.

My pick of the week: The Climb
My pick isn't an artist or even an album. It's simply this one song. The first time I heard it, I liked it. The second time I thought, what a great song. But now it holds a very special meaning for me. I know that years from now I will hear this song and it will take me right back to this time. Though I am not a fan of the artist (I'm a little old I think), I am a huge fan of this song. I absolutely love the lyrics.

Artist: Miley Cyrus

SIS Beth says…
I enjoy several styles of music. Seriously, my collection is all over the place. This week I’m focusing on my love of country music and one singer in particular. Why him? Because he makes me smile and this week . . . I need all the cheer I can get.

My pick of the week: Dwight Yoakam
He’s a gifted guitarist, songwriter, and singer and the man can move like . . . well, let’s just say he gives Elvis a run for his money. Yoakam’s voice is deep and sensual. He does this subtle yodel thing that drives me wild. His gyrating hips and sexy leg maneuvers drive me wild, too. That man is pure charisma. I’ve seen him perform live several times, and though I wasn’t one of the women who rushed him on stage, I did get tingly all over, and okay, maybe I sighed.

Recommended Album: This Time

My Favorite Song: I have two! Fast as You and Thousand Miles from Nowhere


Mary Stella said...

I was with you at one of those concerts, Beth. You definitely sighed. I didn't see any drool, however. :-)

Brenda, I agree with you about The Climb. Somehow the writers packed in the metaphors and the earnest drive without going over the top into sappy and (as Simon Cowell would say) overly self-indulgent. Very inspiring song.

My friend's daughters sing it. Their heritage is half-Jamaican/Half-Italian/Greek and they occasionally have a slight Spanish accent that they picked up from the woman who watches them in the afternoons when their parents are working. It always cracks me up to hear them sing it because they emphasize Miley's Southern accent on, "Ain't about how fast I GIT there."

Barb, I'm not as crazy as you are about Miranda Lambert's songs but do think she nails "Gunpowder and Lead". The woman has chops for sure.

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hi Mary,

Yes...Gunpowder and Lead is great. I almost chose that as one of my faves.

Re: The Climb, the words are amazing and I would actually like to hear someone a little older with a bigger voice sing it too.

SIS Barb

Tori Lennox said...

I love the song Famous in a Small Town! Especially as I live in a small town and it's all so true! LOL!

Sisters-in-Sync said...


You are absolutely right! I am from a small town as well and that song should be the small town anthem!

SIS Barb

Beth Ciotta said...

Hi all! I'm going to show what a sheltered life I lead these days.. I have never heard 'The Climb'. And I'm not familiar with Miranda Lambert either. But from these highs recs, I'll definitely look them up.

Mary, re: Yoakam, good to know I didn't drool... or at least you didn't see it. ;)

SIS Beth

Richard said...

BETH --- in case you didn't know...

Dwight --- ALSO a pretty good ACTOR! A REAL view -- "Slingblade;" otherwise, "The Newton Boys;" "Wedding Crashers;" "Crank;" as, virtually, cameos ... but good to see on The Big Screen:).

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