January 18, 2020 – This Blue World

I first heard of the band Elbow through one of my cousins in the UK. He and his siblings and families and I reconnected in 2007, with my sweety-and-then-future-bride in tow (well, that’s perhaps another story: they said upon meeting her that they’d come to Canada to visit if we married, so we did, andContinue reading “January 18, 2020 – This Blue World”

January 17, 2020 – A Taste of Honey

In addition to its healing and mood-lifting qualities (for more on that, please see January 15, 2020 post on Ben Wytinck’s ‘’Bel’), music has a tremendously powerful way of evoking memories for me. While down another internet rabbit hole recently, I came across a song by Burt Bacharach… the composer, producer and performer was behindContinue reading “January 17, 2020 – A Taste of Honey”

January 16, 2020 – Come Talk to Me

Peter Gabriel was what I guess I’d call a “musical acquaintance” through my teen years; I didn’t have any of his records early on, but one of my friends was a big Genesis fan and had continued on with collecting Gabriel’s solo works. So while not a collector, I enjoyed the music.  But the 1992Continue reading “January 16, 2020 – Come Talk to Me”

January 15, 2020 – ‘Bel

I remember, about 30 years ago, I heard a family friend was leaving a secure job in education to learn music therapy. While the field sounded new and unknown, I thought, yeah… that would work! I have always believed that music has a healing power to it, shown in the way a favourite piece canContinue reading “January 15, 2020 – ‘Bel”

January 14, 2020 – Up on the Catwalk

The album ‘Sparkle in the Rain’ (1984), arrived well into the band Simple Minds’ commercial success in the UK, Europe, Australia and Canada, though it wasn’t until they covered the Keith Forsey/Steve Schiff composition, ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me),’ for the soundtrack of the film, ‘The Breakfast Club’  that the Scottish rockers began to beContinue reading “January 14, 2020 – Up on the Catwalk”

January 13, 2020 – Orpheus

When I started working part-time at McDonald’s in early 1976, I earned $2.35 an hour which, while the youth minimum wage, seemed like a lot of money at the time. Until payday, that is, when I’d take the long bus ride from St. Norbert — past the then-mostly-empty fields of Fort Richmond — through toContinue reading “January 13, 2020 – Orpheus”

January 12 – Sultans of Swing

Back in the dark times, yes… I’m talkin’ about the Twitter days… one of the many accounts I followed was @ThatEricAlper. The Canadian music correspondent, radio host, blogger and, yes, tweeter, posed a question one day to the effect that if music had just been declared illegal, what was the last song you would listenContinue reading “January 12 – Sultans of Swing”

January 11, 2020 – Seventeen

I first heard the song ‘Seventeen’ by Sharon Van Etten on KEXP Seattle, one of my go-to sources for music. The song is also the subject of an episode of the podcast, Song Exploder, where artists break down the recording of their songs. (I provide a link below… bookmark it; I highly recommend listening toContinue reading “January 11, 2020 – Seventeen”

January 10, 2020 – Go!

When the TV series Dr. Who’s lead actor Jodi Whittaker hosted an instalment of BBC 6 Music’s special guest program, Wise Women, one of the first tracks she played was ‘Go!’ by the London, UK band, Public Service Broadcasting. As an Apollo 11 enthusiast (for more on that, please see January 6, 2020 post onContinue reading “January 10, 2020 – Go!”

January 9, 2020 – Cedar Lane

I can’t recall exactly where I discovered First Aid Kit, but every time I hear another song by them I am immediately drawn in by the lush harmony of the Swedish folk duo’s voices. I may have heard them on KEXP Seattle as, other than Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour (BBC 6 Music), KEXP is whereContinue reading “January 9, 2020 – Cedar Lane”