The Welcome Wagon – Purity of Heart e.p.

Between 2001-2008, in stolen moments after impromptu dinners and before the baby woke up, Vito and Monique Aiuto were assembling a lovely patch-work of sweetly angular hymns, quirky covers and practical pop songs.  Recorded, produced and given sonic shape by their friend, Sufjan Stevens, their labors were finally released as a record in December 2008.  The result, Welcome to the Welcome Wagon, was a celebration of faith in God, joy in friendship and an earnest embrace of the homespun process by which a community of friends can collaborate to make something beautiful for God.Asthmatic Kitty 
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Download The Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing e.p. at NoiseTrade.

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Narrative Exploration of the album at Asthmatic Kitty

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Tracklist:

Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing (O Christ, Our Hope)
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7th century Latin hymnody with a dash of Soren Kierkegaard. For Ascension.
Words: Unknown author, 7th C.  by John Chandler, Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837.
Music: Vito Aiuto, New Jerusalem Music, 2009

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Up on a Mountain
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Early demo of album version.
Words and Music: Vito Aiuto, New Jerusalem Music, 2008

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I Am Not Skilled
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Words: Dorothy Greenwell, Songs of Salvation, 1873
Music: Vito Aiuto, New Jerusalem Music, 2009

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There is a Fountain Filled with Blood
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And we end at the beginning with the very first song Vito ever wrote, and the first song the Welcome Wagon ever recorded, a simple restructuring of that old Puritan chestnut, “There is a Fountain Filled with Blood.”  – Sufjan Stevens
Words: William Cowper, in Conyer’s Collection of Psalms and Hymns, 1772
Music: Vito Aiuto, New Jerusalem Music, 2007

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