This CD began in wintry February and by summertime life had taken an unexpected turn as life does. I put this project aside for a while taking time to find harmony with the change. Sometimes the long way around gets you there in the best of ways. What seemed like an obstacle turned into an opportunity bringing in new vitality, inspiration and enthusiasm to complete this CD.
A “detour” can be a marvelous fate, a renewal, like a good rain that clears the air. Predicament to possibility. On route, this detour provided the good fortune to bring in many musicians I love and admire.
It’s my intention that these songs add joy and a thoughtful moment to your day.
This CD is dedicated to my granddaughter, Zhalet, her beautiful mother Rebekah, and to the circle of family and friends who sustain and believe in me, encourage and surround me with their care and affection. I love you all so much.
With appreciation and an enthusiastic THANK YOU to all of the musicians who grace this CD and the planet with their passion for the music! I am thrilled to have you all on this recording. So many times listening back and smiling… which “take” to choose… so many, so wonderful! My affection and appreciation to you always.
A special thanks to Danny Bernini – My gratitude and affection for your steadfast ear(s) and input, imagination and help in completing this project. I couldn’t have done it without you and Paul at Spirithouse Records. I got the spirit myself from being at the “Spirithouse”… may the “force” (spirit) always be with you.
About Barbara Ween...
"The Pioneer Valley is exploding with talent and has always been a musically rich area. I am excited by the music scene here and love being a part of it."
Barbara Ween is a jazz vocalist who currently works with her own group Barbara Ween Ensemble as well as with Cafe Society and the Valley Jazz Diva's in and around the Pioneer Valley. She also performs in the Berkshires at the Gateway Inn with Rob Kelly on keys and regularly sits in at the Green Street Jazz Workshop in Northampton on Tuesday evenings at the Loft Lounge in the Clarion Hotel.
Barbara's passion for songs and singing began on drives with her family. Her Dad started with Ole' Man River followed by You Are My Sunshine with her Mom taking the lead. And so it went with Barbara and her five siblings chirping away the entire trip. Barbara's first gig was in Tennessee at 14 years. She auditioned and was chosen as female vocalist for the MONZA'S in Kingsport Tennessee and she's been singing publicly ever since.
Ella, Sarah, Anita O'Day, Julie London, Ray Charles, Broadway musicals, Appalachian music, Blue grass, Jazz, Soul, R&B, and the Opera "Carmen" were her early influences. She's sung for two governor's inaugurations in Tennessee, opened for Dionne Warwick, Mimi Farina, Hubert Laws, the Persuasions, and with Bill Shontz to name a few.
She was a member of Real Tears, The Shades, the Barbara Ween Ensemble, Goin' Down Swingin', Cafe Society and The Valley Jazz Diva's, playing music for numerous events and clubs from Boston to the Pioneer Valley as well as Vermont, Connecticut and NewYork areas.