new music

It's all about the Music.

Been awhile huh? Sorry, computer has been down...  Alas laptop is still dead, cell phone broke in two and my digi cam fell outta my hands one too many times. Is the world trying to tell me something? Slow down in the metal department perhaps? In the meantime I have been playing new music all the time and falling in Love with this new music. If you haven't yet heard of Jadea Kelly, RUSH out and find her CD "Second Spring" Vocally I may compare her to The Sundays or Camera Obscura... I am also enjoying some other newbies on my radar... Trevor Alguire, Rich Burnett and well, have I even mentioned Fever Ray or Bat For Lashes? Gosh, this world is SO full of greatness... I can't even begin to start.  Last night I played a sold out show with YOAV... he is quite the guitarically looping genius. What a guy.  Last weekend, another packed house with the likes of newly formed family band called Phelgm, maybe not the nicest name, but HECK can they play. It makes me wonder what it would have been like to grow up in a musical "jam in the kitchen" type family.. such fun, I'm sure! In the meantime, I have been trying out my newest song "Give, Take" to some happy-liking it people.. seems to be going over quite well!! Yay! With hopes I will be playing it for YOU soon. I'm also writing with another electronical genius from Ireland... Skully! or the musical half of Metisse. Imagine, writing and recording having never met!! Oh, the pure brilliance of the magical inter-web! In the meantime, if you are in the Toronto area next weekend, I will be playing the opening set for The Daniel Sky Band at Not My Dog on the 26th and again at Graffitti's in Kensington Market as part of "Songwriter's Unite" series on the 28th. This weekend will see me volunteering at the Canadian Folk Music Awards... perhaps one day I may win one? You never know what the future will bring, but MUSIC, any kind, had better be there. xo

Life at the base of The Alps....

It's pretty Lovely down here. I am here on a "writing new music" term and what a place to find inspiration! There are tiny 1500th century nooks around every corner. The sound of my heels clicking down cobblestones and echoing through ancient buildings, is music to my ears. There is a certain amount of stilness here in Switzerland that can evoke a song from any person willing to sing. The church bells ring through this city every fifteen mintutes and have been doing so for such an incredibly long time, it's divine inspiration! I am living quite cozily for the next few weeks along the River Royce, a crystal clear river that runs through the city of Luzern. There are covered bridges with moss of the roofs and axe marks carved out by hands that no longer exist, oh if those walls could talk!! I have been here just short of 2 weeks, with about five left to go and have one song finished. I quite look forward to bringing it, and more to my band when I get home. Leaving Canada is not a must, but I sure am glad to get away from the many inches of snow for at least a small space in time! I also look forward to hitting the slopes, there is nothing like skiing on a blues sky day in Switzerland. I can feel a song coming already!! I look forward to getting back and singing you my new songs... with hopes to record a new album sometime in 2009!! More Chocolate & Cheese stories to come....Lxo