Thursday, November 14, 2019

Cancon Thursday - Looking For You

How are you coping with this lovely January weather we're experiencing in November?  I normally don't hate winter at all.  I enjoy the cool temperature and the brightness of snow but this sudden deep freeze when I haven't even finished raking my leaves yet is annoying. Also, pretty sure that that cold snapped something in my vehicle so it's in the shop.  Not a lot of fun.

Not all is bad though. I may have found something which will help thaw you out for a little while. It's Thursday so I'm sharing a Canadian song with you.  Once again, it's by my girl Ralph.  I'm not a huge fan of this genre but I love her voice and think her writing is fantastic. I haven't heard a song of hers yet that I didn't like and I've almost worn out her "Good Girl" CD listening to it in my vehicle. 

She's got a new EP out this week, "Flashbacks and Fantasies." It contains three songs she'd released recently (No Muss No Fuss, Gravity and Last Time) and three new ones.  I'm sharing the video for "Looking For  You" today.

As always, the video is beautiful. The song is sweet and clever. The video ending will have you on the edge of your seat. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did xo

let them kiss me cuz I'm bored
passing time until I'm yours
am I blind? 
when will I find you?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Way Back Wednesday - We Walk The Same Line

This year, I've been reminded, time and time again, at what a wonderful year 1994 was for music and other stuff.

Just this past week, I realized that 25 years ago, Everything But The Girl released "Amplified Heart." It's such a great record. I've been a fan of theirs since the first time I heard Tracey Thorn's voice (probably on The Paris Match by the Style Council but maybe not). This was EBTG's 8th studio album and it's beautifully laid back and yet it grabs you, well it grabbed me all those years ago when I first heard it and it still does today.

It's pretty much, to me, a perfect pop records.  Simply gorgeous.  Today, for Way Back Wednesday, I'm going to share my favourite song from it, "We Walk The Same Line."

Also, in honour of it's 25 anniversary, Amplified Heart is now available on vinyl. Just saying...

Enjoy kittens xo

And if these troubles
Should vanish like rain on midday
Well I've no doubt there'll be more
And we can't run and we can't cheat
Cause babe when we meet
What we're afraid of
We find out what we're made of

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Because It's Tuesday - week of November 12

I'm Canadian so of course, I participate in a lot of talk about the weather. It's not even the middle of November, we're already into stupid winter storms. This doesn't make me feel great about where the rest of the fall / winter seasons are going.  Driving to work yesterday in the ice was no fun at all. I love this country deeply, I love cold weather but I hate snow and ice when I have to travel it. Seriously, dangerous driving conditions can just suck it.

As today is Tuesday, once again I am sharing a cover with you fine folks.  "Don't Change" was the first international single by Australia's INXS from their 1982 album "Shabooh Shoobah." It's been covered by many folks over the years but this particular version of it is my favourite.  It's by the amazing and talented (and just very nice!!) Ottawa based singer-songwriter, Chris Page and you can get a copy of it and so many other awesome Chris Page recordings by visiting his bandcamp page. Chris is involved with other terrific musical things including Expanda Fuzz (you may recall I shared one of their songs here earlier this year).

Hope you enjoy this and other stuff by Chris, stay warm kiddos xo

I found a love I had lost
It was gone for too long
Hear no evil in all directions
Execution of bitterness
Message received loud and clear

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Cancon Thursday - Station Out of Range

Before I get into my weekly cancon song, I wanted to bring to your attention / remind you that the annual funding drive for our local campus / community radio station, the beloved CFRC, is happening right now.  Truthfully, they will accept a donation any day of the year but right now, during the funding drive, your donations really count.This year, perhaps more than any other year in recent memory, your support is greatly needed. 

From the CFRC website: "As you are undoubtedly aware, the Ontario Provincial Government’s Student Choice Initiative is expected to have a significant impact on CFRC’s operational capacity.  Fees that were once mandatory are now optional.  We anticipate significant reductions in our collected student fees over the next few years. These reductions threaten the station’s ability to operate and to provide programming, services, and broad/podcast training opportunities to our campus and Greater Kingston communities."

Your gift to CFRC not only helps keep producing unique content, it will help ensure that the station remains on the air to celebrate it's 100th Anniversary in 2022.  You can donate online by clicking this link.

So, today's Cancon Thursday tune is "Station out of Range" by Matt Mays.  It's a great song and the beautiful video was filmed not far from here, in Picton at the Hayloft.  Matt will be at the Grand Theatre tonight. Tickets were still available when I checked yesterday.  It'll be a great show so if you like "Station out of Range," head down to the Grand for an excellent night of music.  There are really no bad seats in the place and the sound is always fantastic.

I lost my love to silence
She lifted the needle one day
And anyone who knows true love knows
It takes a soundtrack to make it's soul sway

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Way Back Wednesday - Penthouse In The Woods

I can remember the exact moment that I heard today's song for the first time. I was in the bedroom of an apartment I lived in from 1990 to 2000.  It was a weekend evening and I know this because Mr David Wisdom played the song on his CBC radio show. Until that moment, I was unfamiliar with the Scud Mountain Boys but I didn't move from the radio, waiting to hear the name of the band or artist who was responsible for the most wonderful things my ears had heard in a while.  It was 1996 (the year the song was released on their Massachusetts album) and as I type that, it seems incredible that it's been over 23 years since that magic moment on College Street.

As it happened, the whole album was (and still is) fantastic. The songs have a timeless quality about them. The best songs always do.

For Way Back Wednesday, I'm sharing "Penthouse in the Woods" by the Scud Mountain Boys.  I hope that when you hear it, you're as struck by it as I was back in 1996.

Happy hump day kittens xo

I didn't sleep last night
I didn't sleep the night before
I'm pretty wound tight
I couldn't empty out my head
All the serious questions
Seem to eat my time away