Ainsley Apirana | Cappuccinos and Vanilla Squares

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Cappuccinos and Vanilla Squares

by Ainsley Apirana

This album is a collection of songs inspired by things that have happened to me over the last ten years and by some of the special people in my life. I have learnt much from the happy and sad, up and down, round and about of my life. Mostly I have learned that my favourite thing is a good story, that in fact each of us has a good story, unique and full of treasure worth digging for. I have dedicated this album to my father, Noel Pringle. He is 91, facing health issues but fighting fit and still strongly independent. He has lived these last years for his four daughters and I am so grateful for his wisdom and generosity to us.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. One Day
3:14 $0.99
2. Caroline (feat. Steve Apirana)
6:46 $0.99
3. Cliff to Waves
4:35 $0.99
4. Thirsty Land
5:02 $0.99
5. Cappuccinos and Vanilla Squares
4:14 $0.99
6. I Will Always Know
4:01 $0.99
7. Wings
4:23 $0.99
8. Secret Place
3:30 $0.99
9. A Better Way (feat. Steve Apirana)
5:21 $0.99
10. Chopping Block (feat. Steve Apirana)
2:31 $0.99
11. There Is a River
4:31 $0.99
12. First Born
4:15 $0.99
13. I Smile (feat. Molly Apirana)
3:32 $0.99
14. The Lamp
3:17 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
One Day:
Sitting beside a lake pondering my life and dreams, these words and melody came to me. It had been a long time since I had had the inspiration or opportunity to write or sing and this came as a ray of light in the darkness.
Caroline:
These words are a poem I found amongst some old letters my mother kept in a small wooden box. They belonged to my great/great/grandmother – Caroline Montague Scott Douglas – who, back in 1858, came from Scotland to Dunedin with six of her seven children to start a new life. I’m uncertain of the origins of the poem but it would appear to be written for her by her husband back in the early 1830’s when they were courting. Archibald Douglas died only months before the family’s intrepid journey to the other side of the world. I couldn’t resist turning this poem into a song in the old traditional folk style.
From Cliff to Waves:
The inspiration for this song is a story within the pages of David Gemmel’s “Troy” - my son’s favourite book and author. Believing in our children, our friends, our neighbours, is a powerful thing. When someone has believed in me it has made a difference.
Thirsty Land:
One of my favourite psalms: the cry of my heart on many a morning.


Cappuccinos and Vanilla Squares:
I wrote this firstly as a piece of prose for my mother – to say thank you before she died. It recently morphed into this song. I try to relive this memory as often as I can.
I Will Always Know:
My Dad is one of the people I look to for wisdom. He lives to bless his four daughters and I will always be grateful for his love and commitment to us and to our dear mother.
Wings:
My friend was going through one of those dreadful divorces we hope no one ever has to endure. I looked on as a tiny ray of hope was turned into a complete rainbow as she found her wings.
Secret Place:
Many times have I found refuge under His wings, in His “Secret Place”.
A Better Way:
So many broken marriages around me, the eternal optimist in me wanted there to be a simple answer for them all. I am so grateful for my own marriage, my own dear husband who loves me and has been willing to find with me “a better way”.
Chopping Block:
I have come to realize that the answers lie within us. There’s no use blaming others – when we take responsibility for ourselves we can change our world from the inside out.

There is a River:
Taken from Psalm 1 and Revelation 21, this is to me one of the greatest insights into what God has done through making himself one of us. The height, the breadth, the depth of his love for us never ceases to amaze me.
First Born:
Last Christmas we gave each other songs instead of “presents”. I wrote this for my son Stevie – his life to me is an inspiration and a great blessing.
I Smile:
A cup of coffee once a week – we laugh, we cry, we share our deepest thoughts. I have never felt so understood, so accepted and the coffee always tastes so good.
Your Words a Lamp:
A tiny bit of wisdom I keep at arms reach.

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