A New Life

Today feels like a good day for a hopeful song. I received my second COVID-19 vaccination this afternoon. I know it won’t get to its maximum protection for two weeks, and we must all still exercise a lot of caution while the vaccination rate (hopefully) rises, especially in hotspot Manitoba. But it does finally feelContinue reading “A New Life”

Diamonds

The song “Diamonds” is one I heard many years ago, and it attracted me with its simple but effective guitar riff and drum beat. However, I never gave much more thought to it, never learned anything about the band — The Boxer Rebellion — and never thought to look for an official music video untilContinue reading “Diamonds”

High Fidelity

Well, I just can’t seem to leave the 1980s behind. Let’s have just one more from that decade, shall we? Elvis Costello and the Attractions recorded the high-energy, uptempo “High Fidelity” in 1979 and released it on their 1980 record, Get Happy!! The song is familiar to me, but I have not heard it inContinue reading “High Fidelity”

This Is Our Home (8:30 Newfoundland)

Happy Friday! So, the country I live in, Canada, is a vast land that extends from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, to the North Pole and the border with the United States of America. It’s a big country, at 9.9 million square kilometres (3.82 million square miles). We occupy six time zones (Pacific, Mountain,Continue reading “This Is Our Home (8:30 Newfoundland)”

Disappearer

Recently, a friend shared on Facebook that she introduced her son to the music of the American post-punk, “no wave” band, Sonic Youth. Guitarist and singer Thurston Moore formed the group in New York City, New York, USA, in 1980. Then, following the breakdown of his marriage with bassist and singer Kim Gordon, Sonic YouthContinue reading “Disappearer”

Sandman’s Dust

As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, my sweety and I have numerous friends in Colorado, USA. We all hold heavy hearts at the senseless killing of ten women and men at a grocery store in the city of Boulder on Monday. Sweety and I spoke with some of our folk today andContinue reading “Sandman’s Dust”

Monsters

Band of Horses is a group I just added to my shopping list the next Bandcamp Friday (April 2), along with First Aid Kit and Elephant Revival. It is always more advantageous to artists if you buy music directly from them at shows or from their web stores. But the latter is not always practical,Continue reading “Monsters”

From a Distance

In my post on Snow Patrol’s song “Shut Your Eyes,” I discussed the Apple Music app’s Genius playlists that find pieces compatible with a single song choice. It seems like the last few Saturdays, I’ve launched the playlist based on Teddy Thompson’s “In My Arms.” It’s a great collection of 25 songs (with the optionContinue reading “From a Distance”

Tide

This weekend has been one of contemplation and reflection for me. Some time ago, I had bookmarked the video for Japanese musician and producer Kumi Takahara’s classical strings piece, “Tide,” and today feels like the right day to share it. The Tokyo, Japan-based record label FLAU had posted the video in January as an advanceContinue reading “Tide”

Flower on the Vine

When I was working, weekends and vacations were times to savour early mornings listening to music from my collection or from one of a few Internet radio stations whose styles I liked. I used to listen to CBC Radio 3, but in 2015 they stopped employing live hosts (a few notable ones being Lana Gay,Continue reading “Flower on the Vine”

Hot Thoughts

Spoon (not to be confused with the Canadian 80s avant-garde band Spoons) is another band I know very little about, though I believe the Austin, Texas group, formed in 1993, has a big following in the indie-rock world. I heard the song “Hot Thoughts” a while after the band released it on the album ofContinue reading “Hot Thoughts”

Hello It’s Me

Todd Rundgren is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer who has been active since the mid-1960s. He has played as a solo artist and a member of Utopia. I’ve never known much about him or followed him, but I remember that my first girlfriend was into his music and spoke as if there wasContinue reading “Hello It’s Me”

In a Manner of Speaking

Sweety and I have a friend we met through another, longtime friend, but have only seen a handful of times over the years. We have connected on social media and come to know her better in the past year or so, much of this through the pandemic where online conversation was one of the fewContinue reading “In a Manner of Speaking”

The Yellow Lights of Moray

It has been a while since I have highlighted a local musician. Today, a song by Winnipeg, Canada’s Scott Nolan. Nolan is a talented individual with a good heart, who supports the local music scene and musicians, and has exposed Winnipeg to talent from other places. A great example of this was the playbill heContinue reading “The Yellow Lights of Moray”

Concerto for Oboe d’amore, I: Allegro

All that celebrating yesterday… it was a beautiful anniversary day with Sweety, reminiscing over photos, memories and music shared between us, and with friends and family that connected with us through the day and today. I shared our processional music yesterday here on the blog, so it made sense that today, I’d share the recessionalContinue reading “Concerto for Oboe d’amore, I: Allegro”

More Like You

I added “More Like You” to my Apple Music collection (formerly known as iTunes library) on December 25, 2015. That year we were supposed to be in London, England for Christmas, and Liverpool for New Year’s Eve, but a significant health issue made it so that we couldn’t go. (But it turned out fine asContinue reading “More Like You”

Young Folks

Ah, summer weather in spring! 23 C (73 F) here in Winnipeg, Canada today! Today’s song has been in my digital collection since February 2007. I think it may have been one of those free single-of-the-week cards that Starbucks used to give out in their stores. At any rate, I’ve heard it a lot overContinue reading “Young Folks”

I Want

I couldn’t recall yesterday when hearing “I Want,” where I discovered the song. Apple Music metadata reminds me I bought the track from the iTunes Store on January 2, 2014. While on a Christmas break from being at the office, I must have been playing a pre-recorded program of CBC Music or listening to CBCContinue reading “I Want”

Good Year for the Roses

Today: spring, day #2! It was lovely here in Winnipeg, Canada; not quite as warm as my cycling day yesterday, but moving in the right direction. Sweety raked the grass, leaving the flower beds alone as we’ve read that it’s best to leave those until the temperature is consistently above 10C (50F) for a fewContinue reading “Good Year for the Roses”

Johnny & Mary

Bryan Ferry has been a favourite since Roxy Music’s Flesh + Blood, released in 1980 when he was still the frontman for the recently-reunited band. I have several of Ferry’s solo works, but of them, I have to say that Avonmore (2014) is not my favourite. But I adore “Johnny & Mary,” the closing trackContinue reading “Johnny & Mary”

Nightingale

When I posted on February 1, 2020 about the song “Chasing Cars,” I told you about my sweety and me hearing Snow Patrol play that song live when they supported the Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends tour on June 15, 2009. The other supporting band for that tour was HowlingContinue reading “Nightingale”

Gold

The Vancouver, British Columbia and Portland, Oregon based band Wake Owl have been active since 2102, and that year they issued today’s song as a free download. They re-released it on their Wild Country EP through Vagrant Records, in 2013. I am quite sure I would have heard it on CBC Radio 2 or, moreContinue reading “Gold”

if i grew up

As many of you know, today, Bandcamp is waiving all its fees so that 100% of purchases on their site will go to the artists. It’s one of several ways for us to help musicians and for them to benefit from your support as well as the kind gesture by Bandcamp in this time ofContinue reading “if i grew up”

Comptine d’ un autre été, l’après-midi (from the film, Amelie)

Soon after our first grandchild was born, Sweety and I travelled to London, England to meet him. We figured we’d spend a few weeks cooking for and helping the parents as this was their first child. But they were doing so well that we decided to take a five-day trip to Paris, France in theContinue reading “Comptine d’ un autre été, l’après-midi (from the film, Amelie)”

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”

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”