Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cafe Chaos -- Music

Tuesday, August 18, 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...
This week I won't be recommending an artist or an album. This week I will only recommend a song. From the very first time I heard this song, I loved it and treasured it. To me, there is no other like it. It doesn't matter what artist is singing it or for what occasion it is being sung. This song gets to me each and every time. Sometimes it just makes me smile but more often than not, it makes me cry. I feel this song deeply and I can't even explain to myself why.

My Pick of the Week: Amazing Grace

SIS Bren says...

I was on the internet looking up an old song from Carole King and came across a version of one of her songs from an artist that I've heard much about, but never really listened to. So I decided to check out a few of this artist's songs...and loved them!

My Pick of the Week: Amy Winehouse

Now, I know this girl seems to have her problems, but her voice is undeniably unique. She has that "old, vintage" sound mixed with a new and current vibe. I only listened to three songs, but loved them all (except for this one thing she does in the Carole King song).

Check these out: Valerie, Will You Still Love Me, and Rehab

SIS Beth says…
My drive to (and from) the Philadelphia Airport is and hour and a half each way. Plenty of time to crank up and enjoy some great music. Last night while navigating the busy interstate, I listened to a group that I had the pleasure of hearing perform live in a nightclub in London, England many moons ago.

My pick of the week: Celtus
Founded by brothers, John and Pat McManus who sing beautifully and play multiple instruments, Celtus’s music is best described as a blend of Celtic and contemporary fusion. They’re music inspires and haunts me. The melodies are haunting, the harmonies unique. I adore the instrumentation, a mix of ancient and contemporary. Unfortunately, this group never received the recognition it needed to stay in the game and too soon broke apart. Fans like me are left only with two albums of their fantastic music. Fortunately the songs are worth listening to over and over again. Click here to check out this fantastic group (and their music!) on their MySpace page.

Recommended Album: Moonchild
My Favorite Song:
Every Step of the Way


Sisters-in-Sync said...

Good Morning Sisters,

I hope you had a great time on your trip, wish I could have been there!

You know how I feel about Amazing Grace. By far, my favorite hymn of all time. It makes me cry also. You should probably be glad I wasn't with you the last time you heard it. We would have been quite the spectacle!


Later in the day, when I have a little more time, I'll have to check out that MySpace. The group sounds interesting!

SIS Bren

Tori Lennox said...

I love Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. So haunting.

Barb said...

Hey Bren!

Sometimes I don't mind making a spectacle of myself! At least we can laugh at ourselves.

I love Amy Winehouse. Her voice has a very appealing sound. She does have issues but those are her own and I still enjoy her music.

SIS Barb

Barb said...


That is one version I have not heard. How would I find that rendition?

SIS Barb

B.J. said...

Barb, Amazing Grace is a great song.

Brenda, I love Amy Winehouse. She's a little crazy, but I like that about her.

Beth, I listened to Celtus. They sound great. Wonderful choice.

Beth Ciotta said...


Barb and I TRIED to sing Amazing Grace this past Sunday. I think it was a combination of the song and the circumstances for me, but I couldn't get past the second verse. (pass the tissue please!)

Amy Winehouse... It's a shame she has such severe issues. Love the soul and emotion in her voice.

Beth Ciotta said...

Tori, I've heard Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. Truly inspiring AND haunting!

BJ, I'm not surprised you liked Celtus. So glad I garnered them a new fan. :-)

SIS Beth

Taylor said...

Barb - That song really stands the test of time! Any favorite renditions to suggest to listen to?

Bren - As a self-proclaimed Amy Winehouse super-fan I'm shocked to hear about "Will You Still Love Me"! I thought I had every song - popular and rare - of her collection but I guess I missed one! Just checked YouTube for it and long story short I now have it added to my iPod - that made my week Bren, thanks!!

Beth - Just checked out their page - they've got a very unique blend of genres in their music. Nice chill-out music! Thanks for suggestin' them.

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hi Taylor,

Try AMAZING GRACE-MY CHAINS ARE GONE by Lakewood Worship. That's a great one.

SIS Barb

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Okay Miss Tori,

Just listened to a bagpipes version and all I can say is Holy goose bumps.

Thanks for the recommendation.

SIS Barb

Michael Miller said...

I love Amy Winehouse's song rehab. I can listen to that over and over again in the car. I do like Amazing Grace, it just makes me cry. And btw dad said that the one, we sang on Sunday is one of his favs.

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hi Michael,

Tell him I'll sing it for him anytime he likes and if I catch him plugging his ears he's in huge trouble. And I cry too. I think it's just in our DNA or something.

SIS Barb

Tori Lennox said...

Thought you'd like the bagpipes version. :)

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