A few weeks ago I listened to “Welcome to the Welcome Wagon” on the excellent VPRO Luisterpaal (http://3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/). I ordered the CD and today it has been delivered by mail.
The reason I happily pay a few extra bucks for a CD is that there is artwork included and in this case the artwork provides a little background about the work.
This album was recorded and produced by Sufjan Steven and his musical touch stands out. What I did not know is that the music was composed and performed by Pastor Vito Aiuto and his Monique Aiuto. The music classifies itself as folk/gospel.
I do not regularly look at music in the Gospel category. The reason is twofold. First the message does not appeal to me, and second, and more important, is that Gospel music is often stereotypical and not inspired.
This album is different. Although it clearly has a religious message it is inspired, made with the appropriate lower belly feelings, and sometimes has a touch of humor. The album is cleanly produced, lighthearted but still has balls. Proof? At the moment I wrote this paragraph the tune “American Legion” is played, it brings tears to my eyes…
While I do not believe in God there are emotions that one could classify as religious. Sometimes they are communicated through music. And while not true for all tracks this album contains such an examples.
Read more about “Welcome to the Welcome Wagon” at Asthmatic Kitty Records.