Music

"Musical Corners" • The Ladd Quartette'S Sonic Splendour

The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, thanks to the vision of curator Laura Woermke, has been the site of many exhibitions of visual artistic splendour. On Friday night, the Ladd Quartette took to the STEPAC stage. The result was an exhibition of pure SONIC artistic splendour. The Ladd Quartette plays …

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Bill Mallonee “Life I Never Lived”

Some of the best songs ever written have as their source an overwhelming sense of regret. Bill Mallonee writes these songs with the best of them. Here’s a new one he just wrote and recorded that’s available for purchase as part of a re-issue of the EP “Electromeo“. The entire EP is well worth the [...]

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The Making of Blue Rodeo’s “Five Days in July”

If you travel much in folk/country-rock/americana circles, you should be familiar with this fantastic album by the Canadian band Blue Rodeo. It’s an album that’s been a seminal influence on my own songwriting. There’s not a weak track on the album but the highlight moment for me is the guitar solo by Greg Keelor’s in the [...]

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Deni Gauthier Intimate, interactive and acoustic

Please join us for a great evening of music with Deni Gauthier Saturday September 24, 2011 8pm to 10pm Doors open at 7:30pm Tickets: $10 in advance $12 at the door Cash Bar Proceeds go to help support and nurture our young artists Call or visit the Art Centre.

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#FreebieFriday Song: “Livin’ Honestly”

Here is the first of many #FREEBIE_FRIDAY songs that you can download for any price (including nothing). This is one I wrote about some great songwriters I know… The songwriters I’m singing about may or may not include Bill Mallonee, Ron...

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8 Things Performers Must Do In Order For Their Art to Survive

This via Bob Lefsetz: 1. Listen to a lot of records. A knowledge of music is the best education. Spend more time listening than posting on Facebook. The musicians of yore could play every lick on their favorite blues records, can you? 2. Learn how to play. Start with lessons. Only give them up when you surpass your teacher. [...]

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Bob Dylan, Keith Green and the Power of Free

Keith Green was influential in my early life as one of the few bright lights in the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) scene. Green was preachy, but passionately so – which somehow made it seem more legit than the many faux-preachy “Jesus singers” of the day. Endowed with enormous talent in addition to his passion, he released [...]

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Writing in the Dark

Tim Challies recently recently made a statement that immediately set off a series of thoughts in my brain. He said: “I’ve become convinced that I can’t write a book until I first live a book.” This is how the songwriting process works as well – for me at least. The last 8 months have been a period of darkness like [...]

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Michael Krahn & Band – July 8th, 2011

You do want to hear these new songs I’ve been talking about, right? Well you’ll have a chance on Friday, July 8th at the Palmer Park band shell in Aylmer. We’re doing a free music and BBQ thing in the lovely metropolitan downtown of Aylmer, Ontario that night between 7 and 9pm. The fabulous Brix brothers [...]

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Michael Krahn & Band – July 8th, 2011

You do want to hear these new songs I’ve been talking about, right? Well you’ll have a chance on Friday, July 8th at the Palmer Park band shell in Aylmer. We’re doing a free music and BBQ thing in the lovely metropolitan downtown of Aylmer, Ontario that night between 7 and 9pm. The fabulous Brix brothers [...]

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Happy Canada Day

Ahhhh Canada. Home to the Moose, maple syrup, beaver tails (if you’ve spent time in Ottawa, you’ll know) long winters, warm summers, and the largest waterway system in the world. You can literally get almost anywhere in Canada by canoe with some ...

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Pain and the Art of Songwriting

Don't ask me how songs come into being. They just come. I go for months without writing one, and then in the last 2-3 months there have been about 15 new ones. I'm often taken by surprise. Like one day I'm out on a run and I have a memory of a childhood friend... the first [...]

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this too shall pass

I’m busy writing away for the next album... and every now and then I’ll throw up a new song. This one I recorded today, one pass on the vocals and guitar, then I added some harmonies (first time singing them lol) and a bit of shakers.. Totally ra...

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Heart of Gold

I managed to make this version a whole minute longer that Neil Young’s original! I recorded every instrument myself but the drums, Nathan Smith did that. He’s a way better drummer than me :) Here it is for you to hear. Can you give me some feedb...

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Yes it's true

Listening to my good friend’s new song this morning... His name is Rob, we used to be in a duo together called theBetween. I miss him when I play solo shows :)“I want to give you so much more of me, and I just keep on holding back, holding back, ...

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Yes it’s true

Listening to my good friend’s new song this morning... His name is Rob, we used to be in a duo together called theBetween. I miss him when I play solo shows :)“I want to give you so much more of me, and I just keep on holding back, holding back, ...

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