We don’t have guests over for dinner often. Mainly because our house is small and with kids it’s a little hard to fit everyone inside the dining room. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like going to dinner parties at friends houses.I’m not a great cook so most times I offer to bring music for dinner. I know it’s sort of a cop-out, but that’s what I’m good at.
I was eagerly awaiting an invite so I could bring along Joshua Bell’s new CD titled: At Home with Friends.
To me the title along gives credence to bring it along.
Thankfully a dinner with girlfriends was soon on the calendar.
Now in all honesty, I listened to this CD in my home before taking it with me and I have to say I wasn’t all that impressed with it. Perhaps, it just wasn’t my cup of tea or maybe I wasn’t in the right mood, but I was seriously contemplating bringing different music with me. Luckily, I decided to get my friends opinions so it was packed in my purse.
When I got to the party I put the CD in and waited. We sipped wine, (beer for me), and ate finger foods while the sounds of Joshua’s violin filled the living room. It didn’t take long for me to realize that this music was perfect! The violin was joined by the cool voices of Sting, Josh Groban and many others. Probably my favorite was “My Funny Valentine” with Kristen Chenoweth, (did you see her in Glee!! Awesome!)
My girlfriends were soon joining into my enjoyment. Each song started a new conversation and when the evening ended I was asked repeatedly what the CD was.
If you want to have a great conversation starter at your next dinner party check out Joshua Bell : At Home with Friends. You can read all about Joshua Bell at his website www.joshuabell.com
Album Tracklisting (Originally performed by):
I Loves You Porgy featuring Chris Botti, trumpet
Come Again featuring Sting, vocals
Oblivion featuring Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon
Cinema Paradiso featuring Josh Groban, vocals
Para Tí featuring Tiempo Libre, various
My Funny Valentine featuring Kristin Chenoweth, vocals
Maybe So featuring Edgar Meyer, Sam Bush and Mike Marshall, strings
Grieg: Sonata No. 3 featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff (Zenph re-performance)
Eleanor Rigby featuring Frankie Moreno, piano & vocals
O, Cease Thy Maiden Fair featuring Nathan Gunn, baritone
Il Postino featuring Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon
Left Hand Song featuring Regina Spektor, piano & vocals
Chovendo Na Roseira featuring Dave Grusin, piano
Look Away featuring Edgar Meyer, bass and Chris Thile, mandolin
Variant Moods: Duet for Sitar & Violin featuring Anoushka Shankar, sitar
I’ll Take Manhattan featuring Marvin Hamlisch, piano
Left Hand featuring Regina Spektor, vocals
*Disclamer: I recieved this product for free from One2One Network in exchange for my honest review*