Hard on Things

Tonight my sweety and I will be watching the last in a series of three spring/summer online concerts by Canadian singer-songwriter and dramaturgist Corin Raymond. The show is being produced through Canada’s Home Routes, a non-profit organization established by founders of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the West End Cultural Centre. Home Routes also presents the Winnipeg Crankie Festival and acts as an organizing hub for house concerts.

“Hard on Things” is the opening track from Raymond’s 2016 Juno-nominated album, Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams. It’s a terrific album and, like most of his CDs, comes with a book with stories, chords, credits, lyrics and artwork, also known as a “coffee table CD.”

Much of our family’s history with Raymond is told in my previous post on a Corin Raymond song (one he wrote with American singer-songwriter, poet and photographer Jonathan Byrd, another fine fellow and great musician), “The Law and the Lonesome.” I encourage you to visit that post and then head over to the Home Routes website and score some tickets for tonight’s show. It starts at 7:00 pm CDT.

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 a video of Raymond along with Treasa Levasseur (backing vocals), M.C. Hansen (lead guitar), Jacob Chano (snare/snare case) and Brian Kobayawaka (upright bass) playing the song in 2016, from his official YouTube channel:

Official lyrics are provided in the notes section beneath the YouTube video pane.

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