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Hesh and Caleb brought a dizzying mix of acoustic, jazz, folk and powerpop
fusions, displaying influences from Coltrane to Coldplay, James Taylor to Taylor
Swift, old school jazz and new school pop. They feel right at home with their
three part harmony mix of things in a smaller parlor setting like Borders, an
outdoor street setting, or with a power band and a dance floor. The inner guts
of the Caleb soul involved power three part adventures, normally textured by the
talented and innovative smooth seconds and stylings of Lori Clemmer from
Souderton, PA, joined by the tenor male vocals by singer/songwriter Joe Hesh who
also does keyboards, guitars, and midi trackings for the arrangements. Several
sopranos had seasons singing melody over these rich chordal movements, but the
prime time soprano was Cindy Weir, who became a solid fixture on the Caleb
albums, the album from Calvary Church called "Hope", and the active
gigging of the Caleb group from 1998-2007 when she retired. Joe and Lori took
the group from its rich history and reformatted their vocal patterns to dyadic
singing above guitar, piano, the cello of Judy Jenkins from Harleysville, and
the mandolin and guitar improvisations of Larry Royce of Sellersville. This
version of Caleb is actively performing but has not recorded as of this date.
albums are reminiscent of their power pop days, singing above live guitar and
the midi renderings of singer/songwriter Joe Hesh. Both albums were recorded at
Aspenbreeze Studios in Colorado Springs, CO in 2005.
A Caleb Christmas - 13 vocal songs.
13 traditional Christmas songs with new arrangements. recorded by Cindy Weir, Lori Clemmer, Jeff Nicholson, and Joe Hesh.
What is hard about Christmas is that as our society plunges more and more
headlong into the tolerant mush of multiple beliefs, most new
Christmas music is non-religious, secular, lovey-dovey, in par with
the gift giving and receiving that makes the world go ‘round at
year’s end. So, there is little market or desire for new religious
Christmas music, since the holiday is so firmly rooted in traditions
of the past. I say, “Too bad.” My King Jesus gets new gifts
every year from me as a songwriter, and this album has some of my
favorites, and I am banking on the fact that those who know God now
or will know Him in the years to come will not only desire new
expressions of seasonal faith, but will thirst for it, blending,
creating, and dancing new tunes and lyrics with the same great
message of love and redemption that has made the urgency of torch
bringing and torch bearing timely, seasonal, and fully necessary.
Long Haul Baby
- 15 original vocal songs.
15 selections that span the last 13 years in the songwriting history of Joe Hesh, recorded by Cindy Weir, Lori Clemmer, Jeff Nicholson, and Joe Hesh.
"I believe it was jazz pianist Eubie Blake who said, "Music is where we shake the dust off life's sandals." If that is true, Caleb has had a whole lot of shaking going on for ten years going on eleven. The group was founded to try to match story-based and parable-driven songs with a generation that was pretty much starting to tune out conventional approaches, music and methods. As a singer-songwriter, I believe Caleb has been a gift from God to me, and the experiences we have shared are too rich, too meaningful, and too personal to really put into words. It truly has been a "Long Haul, Baby." - Joe Hesh