Amidst the general busy-ness of this time of year, plus the added busy-ness of rebuilding a website, I hadn't found the time to share my friend Ana's new album. Partly because I didn't realize she had released a new album (y u no tell me??), but mostly because I was so busy I didn't notice a lot of things going on outside of my peripheral few.
Luckily, A Singer Of Songs posted some thoughtful words on his Facebook awhile back, and not only did it draw my attention to Coffee & Wine's new album, but he also provided me with a free paragraph of thoughtful words:
I'll just add that I too can attest to Ana having a voice that cuts through your bones and makes a man go silent. In fact, it can make an entire room go silent.
Case in point, when we were on our small European tour, we were having a 'difficult' gig in Brussels. Difficult because everyone in the room was talking. Or maybe more accurately, one table was talking extremely loud. More or less being right pricks (which was even more annoying because they were with the person who was playing next, so they were just being pricks for our set and then were attentive and loud in all the right parts for their friends set).
We kept playing our songs, and (at least for me) there was a building feeling of discouragement, especially during those moments between one song ending and another about to begin.
And then it came time for Ana to sing a song of hers solo. Rather than step up to the mic, she stepped away from it, and belted out her track sans microphone. And everyone shut the fuck up. She sang beautiful as always, but there was also a bit of a middle finger hidden in every melody. And it was one of my fondest memories of the tour.
So today I am going to steal a moment and give her album a spin. I suggest you do the same.