Barbara McAfee | Yes

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by Barbara McAfee

14 songs exploring many territories of Yes - rowdy to tender, sensuous to zany. Lyrics both wise and smart served up by Barbara's silky, powerful voice.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Yes
5:25 $0.99
2. What If?
3:20 $0.99
3. Such As These
4:25 $0.99
4. Perfect Day
4:18 $0.99
5. Do-Be-Do
2:53 $0.99
6. Little One
5:17 $0.99
7. Bridge Over Troubled Water
4:51 $0.99
8. Unexpected Love
4:41 $0.99
9. Autumn of Life
3:51 $0.99
10. Holy Cold
3:56 $0.99
11. Grove
3:57 $0.99
12. A Woman's Voice
3:54 $0.99
13. Women Rise!
3:01 $0.99
14. Along Our Way/Good Life
4:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
Barbara's voice -- in both writing and singing -- shine in this new collection of songs. She takes a Lao-Tzu poem from the 6th century B.C.E. and marries it to New Orleans jazz. Releases a torrent of gospel-tinged joy in the title track, "Yes." Touches the tenderest place in a delicate version of Paul Simon's classic, "Bridge Over Troubled Water." There are songs to celebrate unexpected love, a marriage ceremony, and the birth of a girl-child. "Such As These" is a tribute to all of the many people who do essential and unglamorous work with dignity and generosity.

Barbara is joined by some of the Twin Cities most talented musicians. Tony Axtell brings his artistry on the fretless bass to many of the tunes. Percussionist Marc Anderson adds his impeccable rhythms as well. Rick Carlson -- one of the mainstays of the Twin Cities jazz scene -- brings wit and swing to "What If?" and "Holy Cold." Rick and Barbara did their first gig together back in 1982; it's taken this long to get him on one her CD's. Anna Vazquez brings cello to "Autumn of Life" and "Grove," adding depth and soul to both tunes. Peter Hutter plays baritone sax on the New Orleans piece ("Do-Be-Do") and mandolin on the song written in honor of his daughter, Pema ("Little One"). Pema's mama, Angela Rennilson, adds her angelic harmonies to the song as well.

Several of the songs feature The Morning Star Singers, a hospice choir Barbara founded in 2007.



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