My Shadow

(Trigger warning: contains discussion of bullying.) Sweety and I saw the band Keane play in the Winnipeg theatre affectionately known as “The Walker” on September 16, 2009, and also gave tickets to our already active musician lad, Kieran as an early birthday present. It was an excellent concert; we all loved it. The band wasContinue reading “My Shadow”

Go Your Own Way

I really like the podcast and website, Song Exploder. I’ve listened to several episodes, and have learned a lot about how bands get from concept to a final version of a song. But I wish I liked more of the songs on the site. So many of the groups are unknown to me or justContinue reading “Go Your Own Way”

Other People

(Warning: This song contains a cuss-word.) LP (born Laura Pergolizzi) is an American singer/songwriter who has written songs for artists including Christine Aguilera, Mylène Farmer and Céline Dion. Those aren’t favourite artists of mine, and I admit that had I known this before hearing her, I might have given her a pass-by — a reminder toContinue reading “Other People”

Good Morning

I immediately fell in love with the Norah Jones album Little Broken Hearts when first hearing it on a visit with family in the UK in late 2012. Bought it on iTunes right away. The overall sound of the album is a little edgier and adventurous than I remember Norah Jones being. But then again,Continue reading “Good Morning”

Goodnight

The Canadian-American-Indigenous singer, songwriter, educator, visual artist and social activist Buffy Sainte-Marie released the album Coincidence and Likely Stories in 1992. I can always remember this woman having a strong presence in Canadian and American creative media. She has also been a dedicated activist and influential voice for the Indigenous peoples of North America. IContinue reading “Goodnight”

Flume

In my February 14, 2020 post on Elbow’s “Mirrorball,” I told you of Peter Gabriel’s album recorded with a full orchestra, where he made cover versions of other artists’ songs.  Many of the tracks on Scratch My Back are melodically very beautiful and the cover of Bon Iver’s composition, “Flume,” is particularly so. It seemsContinue reading “Flume”

Peace and Quiet

Just as with the Arts & Crafts compilation album, X (please see my post on March 3, 2020, for the fantastic track from it, “Lonely Is as Lonely Does”), which I bought in the 2013 festive season, I picked up Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins’ album, Garden Songs while on Christmas holidays inContinue reading “Peace and Quiet”

I Feel Love

In the 2017 article, “Song from the Future: The Story of Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder’s ‘I Feel Love,’” Pitchfork.com contributor Simon Reynolds writes, “The reverberations of ‘I Feel Love’ reached far beyond the disco floor, though. Then unknown but destined to be synth-pop stars in the ’80s, the Human League completely switched their direction afterContinue reading “I Feel Love”

The Rat

I heard the song “The Rat” on KEXP Seattle in July 2019. It’s a high-energy, post-punk indie piece, and I think it’s a great song though I haven’t been able to figure out a meaning for it. After the opening with its urgent guitar chords, drummer Matt Barrick does a smashing job on the kit,Continue reading “The Rat”

Blonde

After a busy but enjoyable few days hosting the visitors who put on our house concert, and today with the dreaded and archaic change to Daylight Savings Time, it feels like a good day for a chill piece of music. (I find “chill” is an odd way to describe something intended to promote relaxation andContinue reading “Blonde”

Lady Luck

Last night, my sweety and I hosted a sold-out house concert by Edmonton-based blues singer/songwriter Danielle Dayton. She is touring Saskatchewan and Manitoba, promoting her latest single, “Lady Luck.” The show in our living room opened with a set of wonderful music by our son, Kieran West. After our lad’s set, the audience of 30Continue reading “Lady Luck”

After the Gold Rush

Happy Friday, friends! It’s looking a lot less like winter out there, and morning light is working hard to get through the haze as I sit by the window writing. I appreciate the sun’s work as our orbit spins us closer to it for spring and summer. It’s a perfect day for a beautiful songContinue reading “After the Gold Rush”

Village Ghetto Land

When I was young, I’d often be called “Stevie Wonder.” It’s just something that happens when you’re a kid, and your name is Steve. I don’t resemble the real one in any way, but I’ve always thought of him as being a genuine and kind human being, so I hope I  took it as a compliment.Continue reading “Village Ghetto Land”

Strange Little Girl

When one of our boys played the Tori Amos CD, Strange Little Girls in 2001, I was immediately intrigued by each of the 12 songs on the album, all of which are covers. I later found they were all intended as reinterpretations from a female perspective, on songs written by men.  I didn’t realize untilContinue reading “Strange Little Girl”

Lonely Is as Lonely Does

Today’s post came together a little earlier than usual, as we were disturbed by the phone at 6:40 am for the second time in as many days: one of those fraud calls from a masked number. Oh, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, when will you get your anti-fraud act together? During a pre-Christmas holiday shoppingContinue reading “Lonely Is as Lonely Does”

Denmark

I’ve mentioned my UK cousins before (please see my January 18, 2020 post on Elbow’s “This Blue World”). While visiting the families in 2011, we took a road trip of northern England and southern Scotland. One day, we took in the opening day of the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe (the largest arts festival in theContinue reading “Denmark”

Wordy Rappinghood

Every time our boys come over, we have lovely, fun, serious conversations and often recount memories of their childhood and youth. They’re such great guys, and while it’s rare for us to be able to have all four of our boys (and partners, where applicable) together at the same time, it happens once every twoContinue reading “Wordy Rappinghood”

Crystal

One evening, a long time and several careers and what seems like almost half a lifetime ago when I worked in disaster management, I was called in to monitor a situation through the night. This call came after a long day at work then trying, with little energy left, to be present for my familyContinue reading “Crystal”

Gravedigger

I have only a few Dave Matthews songs in my collection. Not sure why; I like his voice and music but have never been a collector of him, though a friend and former colleague is a big fan, as I remember. The first time I remember hearing the song, “Gravedigger” was as a live, coverContinue reading “Gravedigger”

Where Do the Children Play?

While driving home the other night, we heard this song on Sirius XM radio’s The Bridge, a soft-rock stream.  It’s another one of those childhood memories for me; the album, Tea for the Tillerman was regularly played in our home, though I don’t recall who introduced it in the family. Another Stevens song, “Morning HasContinue reading “Where Do the Children Play?”