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Current Obsessions

by Mary Ellen Wessels

A strong, clear, expressive voice filled with passion, warmth and humor - Mary Ellen covers a variety of folk, jazz and pop artists.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hearts & Hands
3:58 $0.99
2. Small Designs
3:35 $0.99
3. I Don't Know Where I Stand
2:38 $0.99
4. This Shirt
3:11 $0.99
5. Give My Children Wings
2:37 $0.99
6. Angel from Montgomery
5:09 $0.99
7. Night and Day
3:17 $0.99
8. Ain't I Lonely Tonight
3:07 $0.99
9. Misty Mountain
3:57 $0.99
10. Garden Voices
3:44 $0.99
11. Crazy Man Michael
4:55 $0.99
12. Here Comes the Sun
3:34 $0.99
13. She Is Always There
4:13 $0.99
14. Give Yourself to Love
3:26 $0.99
15. Thanksgiving Eve
3:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Big voice, big heart - Mary Ellen Wessels is a pleasure to hear." Fred Small

With a voice that soars even higher than her six foot stature, Mary Ellen reaches out and spellbinds her listeners with the passion, spirit and genuine emotion she pours into her music. Interpreting songs from a wide variety of songwriters, her voice has been compared to Sally Rogers, Sandy Denny, Claudia Schmidt and Holly Near.

Mary Ellen was born in 1963 in Detroit, and got her "Mew" nickname as a Girl Scout Counselor. She grew up with music all around her: her mom sings and plays piano, her sister played cello and first taught her to sing harmonies, and her father whistled a snazzy medley and played sousaphone in college. Among her earliest musical influences were her mother's Pete Seeger and Peter, Paul and Mary albums, and her brother's collection of Frank Zappa. This probably explains her eclecticism. Influences include: Joni Mitchell, Stan Rogers, the Indigo Girls, Pentangle, Fairport Convention, The Bobs, Pete Seeger, Christine Lavin, Claudia Schmidt, The Beatles, CSN&Y, James Keelahan, Duke Ellington, Emma Kirkby, Sheila Chandra, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin.... and lots more.

She is a guitarist, plays recorders, mountain dulcimer, bodhran, doumbek and several other instruments. But her best and most unforgettable instrument is voice. In the words of one reviewer "Her voice -- clear, powerful, versatile and lyrical -has lent a unifying thread, distinctive colors and strengths to an impressive array of independent recording projects" Recently her first solo album Current Obsessions has received airplay in the New England area.

While a vocal early music major at Oakland University in 1981 she began to sing at a local coffeehouse which, combined with the urging of a mountain dulcimer teacher, led to her professional debut at the Ann Arbor Council for Traditional Music and Dance Festival. Since then she has performed at an eclectic series of venues including: the New England Folk Festival, the World Science Fiction Convention, and house concerts and coffeehouses in the Midwest, England, Canada and New England.

She moved to New Hampshire to marry Ed Stauff and currently they perform as the duo Hopeful Romantics. They have opened for The Short Sisters, Fred Small and Lucy Kaplansky. Mary Ferguson of Simple Gifts CoffeeHouse says: "Ed is awesome on the keyboards. Mary Ellen's voice and instruments of guitar and percussion add a touch of magic that is always pleasing."

"Mew's voice is rich and true and always comes from her inner self, whether she is singing of love or banana slugs." Judith Hayman



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Larissa March

The singing is gorgeous, the music really stays with me, and the songs have become some of my favorites. I highly recommend this CD to anyone who wants memorable, singable music.

Ricardo Green

This Thanksgiving 2003 resonates with the Joy announced in Song here.
New York City Speech Communication College Students in all 5 boros where I teach, Thank You, for your Voice raised in Songs I am using in Voice and Diction Classes I teach to immigrant ESL/EFL and Native English populations that are improving their Elocution skills in Storytelling and Song. Thank You for your Incredible Voice and Song.
At profgreen.net, where my Speech students are pictured, WE THANK YOU!!!!!!!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2003!!!!!
Ricardo Green at sunsite@usa.net


Our Thanksgiving event today, sponsored by Girls and Boys Scouts Troop 852 and 546 in Puerto Rico, thank you for your Thanksgiving Eve Song which was presented by the group to the audience in attendance.

Not only students from different backgrounds and diversed cultures admire you in professor Richard Green's courses in New York, but his admiration has trascended locations and has enchanted our children and adults in such places as in my Caribbean Island.

Again, thanks.

Ricardo Green

Happy Thanksgiving 2004!
Mary Ellen, I can only pray you will keep singing. It took me so long to fing the "Thanksgiving Eve" Song that sums up my Gratitude to Women in Song. Here in New York, Aurora Flores of http://www.aurora-communications.com (you should hear her Zon Del Barrio!) She is your Puerto Rican sister in song as are dear Puerto Ricans who I hope will contact shortly. HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2004! Your Singing Is "Magica", Mary Ellen, Thank you!http://www.profgreen.org/Thanksgiving2004.html

Andy Vinton

"Give Yourself to Love" has been a favorite of mine since I first heard Mew sing it several years ago. Lots of other good stuff on this CD, too.