YES! Music Picks :: Winter 2011

Musical inspiration while putting out the Winter 2011 issue: Bodega Rose, The Sound of Sunshine, and Many Great Companions
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Bodega Rose

Debut album of singer-songwriter Kesang Marstrand (daughter of global peace activist Marianne Marstrand and Tibetan translator Ngoedup Tsering).

A relaxed and delicious voice, an intimate guitar, and seasoned songwriting.  Asian-tinged “Real Boy” is fresh, and she turns Paul McCartney’s bouncy “Say, Say, Say” into a caress.  

Say Say Say

Real Boy


The Sound of Sunshine

This is a new sound from Michael Franti. Instead of  reggae-spiced protest rock, there’s acoustic guitar and songs about family and friends. The flavor is  world dance. The message is “be happy.” Franti’s upbeat outlook comes after a ruptured appendix nearly killed him last year.

The Sound of Sunshine

Hey Hey Hey

Many Great Companions

A double treat from folk-pop’s Dar Williams: a new best-of compilation, and a disc revisiting 12 of her classics “with a guitar and a few friends,” including  Gary Louris of the Jayhawks and Mary Chapin Carpenter.  A wide-ranging introduction that will also please long-time fans.

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