Big, warm, friendly music

We bought Songs of Joy and Peace by Yo-yo Ma & Friends and it arrived from Amazon the other day.

Cello is one of the friendliest-sounding instruments, and Ma is one of the friendliest-looking people, and the album concept is a musical party inspired by the Christmas season.  Ma invited many old and new musical friends to bring favorite Christmas or Christmas-related music and played in small groupings with them.  Diana Krall, Alison Krauss, Natalie MacMaster, James Taylor, Dave Brubeck, Edgar Meyer, Renee Fleming, Chris Botti, Chris Thile and on and on.  The album radiates warmth.

Oh, and if that isn’t friendly enough for you, Yo yo has invited you to respond to the album by creating and sharing a variation on the album’s recurring theme melody, Dona Nobis Pacem, if you wish, collaborating with him virtually by using his counter-melody, based on source files found at http://www.indabamusic.com/contests/show/yo-yomacontest . Participants can share the recording at the Indaba Music website and win a chance to record a duet with Yo Yo Ma.

Getting back to the album, we discovered that you have to play it on a good stereo.  Our first listen was disappointing, through the computer speakers out in Scott’s shop.  The next day we decided to give it another try in the house, on our good stereo.  It was like listening to a different album!  Enormous cello sound, big round beautiful tones on all the instruments.  It wants to be turned up and enjoyed.  And because it is only loosely Christmas themed, I don’t think we’ll feel like we’re done with it when January comes.

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About katiekind

Enjoying the second half of life. I have three sons who are the apples of my eye and a wonderful husband of 35 years--those are the important things. Long ago, out of the blue, I became a Christian. It was something I never planned on, but what joy it has been. I do website development and I like to read and garden and paint and I love beauty and truth.
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3 Responses to Big, warm, friendly music

  1. kara says:

    Looks like a real treasure — what a great mix of musicians and instruments.

  2. TulipGirl says:

    Thank you! Now I know what to get my mom for Christmas!

  3. katiekind says:

    Yeah–I can’t imagine anyone who likes music not loving the project. And Amazon is selling it for 9.99. We bought some extras for gifts.

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