Apple AppleFall 2012 Music
Whoa. Who would ever think that a rendition of the ubiquitous folk song, "Turkey in the Straw," could be so wonderfully haunting that it inspires chills? Singer, ethnomusicologist and musician (guitar, ukulele, bass, harmonica, toy piano) Keeth Monta Apgar uses vocal harmonies, jazzy chord progressions and emotive colors in such unexpected and delightful ways that each quirky song becomes discovered treasure. With singer Nala Walla and a host of other fine musicians on a wide array of brass, percussion and stringed instruments, Apgar mines gold out of songs about bare feet, counting, moms and wanting good things to happen right now ("Waiting Always Takes a Long Time"). "Reflections," a parent's assurance to always be there for a child who is testing the waters of independence is among the many lovely, memorable moments in Apgar's music and lyrics that multiply and resonate throughout.