|The Welcome Wagon|
|Written by Peter Johnston|
|Thursday, 01 April 2010 22:56|
I'm back from the Maundy Thursday service, which had a lovely reflective atmosphere this evening, and looking through the list of things that we still need to get together for the labyrinth in the Church Hall tomorrow evening.
While doing that I'm listening to an album called Welcome to the Welcome Wagon that I discovered today. It is completely surprising and quite intoxicating. The band is made up of husband and wife team Vito and Monique Aiuto, pictured above. More at their MySpace page, including links to some of the songs. [There's more...]
I just love that these songs began with Vito and Monique playing for each other in their living room. There is a beautiful innocence and freshness to these folk gospel songs.
On this debut album the songs have grown to include other musicians joining Vito and Monique, with flamboyant production from their friend and neighbour in Brooklyn, Sufjan Stevens, but they still have that folksy root. On some of the tracks you feel you are with them singing along on their sofa when suddenly a horn section walks by the window and blasts away with a musical interlude.
Even better is that Vito is also the minister at Resurrection Presbyterian Church in Williamsburg, NY. All power to Vito and Monique! Simple but inspiring stuff.