The last live, in-person music show my sweety and I saw was just over a year ago: March 6, 2020. And it was a house concert… in our home!
Canadian alternative/indie singer-songwriter Danielle Dayton added our address to a tour of Saskatchewan and Manitoba promoting the release of her single, “Lady Luck.” The bluesy-styled artist is based in Edmonton, Alberta.
Our house show sold out, and everyone comfortably squeezed into our space had a fantastic time. Our lad Kieran played the opening set, then after a break, Dayton and her bassist Ryan Holmes played and sang for over an hour. Earlier in the day they toured the city, had dinner with us before the show, and were our guests overnight. After they left the next day to continue their tour, Sweety and I stayed in touch and watched one or two of Dayton’s pandemically-inspired couch concerts back in Edmonton.
We had some nurses in the house for the show, and I was all about impressing them with my “strong recommendations” for hand/cough/etc. hygiene around the snack table, half-joking that I didn’t want our home to be the epicentre of an outbreak. (It wasn’t.) But one week after the show, everything in Winnipeg locked down to prevent the spread of the virus. Manitoba fared very well in the first wave, having just over 300 coronavirus cases in total. But then, all hell broke loose in the fall.
Several days ago, I noticed Dayton released a new single, “Home to You.” While many of us have picked up new hobbies and activities to pass the time at home during the pandemic, it’s clear Dayton has been busy honing her songwriting and singing. There’s a real maturity in and depth to her voice in this song, and the piano really sets the mood of the piece, which her website describes as “a beautifully epic and heart-wrenching ballad that provides a moment of escape and reminds us to go a little easier on ourselves.”
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the official lyric video from Danielle Dayton’s YouTube channel:
While you’re there, check out her other singles on the channel.
And, this beautiful song is available for purchase from CAD 1.00 and up, from the Danielle Dayton Bandcamp page. I encourage you to buy it and add a few dollars to your price to support a talented Canadian musician; after all, it’s not like we can go out to a show, or a house concert (yet).