Friday, July 13, 2018

Not Guilty, Just Pleasure - Summer's End

There are certain artists who are universally accepted as being major influencers, musicians musicians, songwriters songwriters.  John Prine is definitely one of those folks.  His career spans 50 years and his writing gets better and better.

I've been listening to his most recent release, Tree of Forgiveness, a lot lately.  I won't say I have a favourite song, because I can find something to love about each track, but I did find myself playing a couple of them more than the others:  Summer's End and Boundless Love.  I went looking for a clip of Summer's End and found this one, Mr Prine with Sturgill Simpson and Brandi Carlile.  It's a great performance, I think so anyway. 

It's supposed to be a scorcher this weekend and definitely not close to the end of the season but enjoy Summer's End all the same lovelies xo

Thursday, July 12, 2018

CanCon Thursday - Looters' Follies

After two solid weeks of Canadian music, you may have thought that it would be a challenge for me to find another beloved song by a Canadian artist.

Oh it's no challenge at all.  I love so many Canadian songs, it's easy to find another goodie to share with you.  Today, it's a live version of Destroyer's "Looters' Follies."

This is a favourite song of mine.  I don't generally read too much into lyrics but this seems like a big fuck you to critics and hipsters who can't make anything remotely resembling art but have no problem tossing shit at stuff they either don't like or don't get.  Mr Bejar is an amazing poet and I've yet to meet a Destroyer song that I couldn't get along with.

Give it a listen and, if you like it, let me know. 

"Why can't you see that a life in art and a life of mimicry - it's the same thing!?!"

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Way Back Wednesday - Escape (The Pina Colada Song)

So, I'm a fan of Spotify. In particular, I like how they generate playlists for me and, at the end of the year, provide me with a list of my most listened to songs from the previous 12 months.  Because of Spotifty, I have gotten back into buying music again in a big way (I've always been a record purchaser but it had tapered off a bit during Mark's illness).  I wanted to say that because some folks hate music services like that because they say that it stops folks from buying new records, not true for this girl.

Last week, they generated a playlist called "Your Summer Rewind" and one of the songs on my list was Rupert Holmes' Escape (The Pina Colada Song).  I decided to share it here for Wayback Wednesday.  This version of it features the previously mentioned Solid Gold Dancers.

Hope this puts a little cheesy smile on your face.  Enjoy kiddies xo

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Because It's Tuesday - Week of July 10

A couple of years ago at Christmastime, I was listening to CBC Radio in the morning and heard a song called "Christmas on the Beach" by Barbra Lica.  I was not familiar with her at the time but I really liked her Christmas song and checked her out.  She's a pixie-ish Toronto singer.  I got to know some of her non-Christmas music and was quite impressed.

Now, about today's cover.  It's a Ron Sexsmith song.  He is, without a doubt, one of my all time favourite singer-songwriters.  Barbra Lica recorded a version of his beautiful, "Secret Heart" for her "I'm Still Learning" album.  I'm sharing it with you today.  I hope you enjoy it.  It's a little bouncier than Ron's version, it's quite different actually.  Let me know what you think... xo

Friday, July 06, 2018

Not Guilty, Just Pleasure - Captive

So, today's post is last in my two weeks of Canadian Content posts.

And it's not like I don't post Canadian content regularly (particularly on Thursday) but it's been fun shining a little light on the awesomeness that is Canadian music.

For my "not guilty, just pleasure" track this week, I've chosen a track by Sarah Harmer.  I think she's a mighty fine songwriter and her voice is just beautiful, she can give me goosebumps sometimes.  So lovely.

Back in the long ago, when we had our restaurant, we used to play her "Songs for Clem" and "You Were Here" albums, constantly.  It was in heavy rotation along with some of our favourites...  I always thought it was fun to play "You Were Here" after we'd just played "Wish You Were Here." I think I may have mail ordered by copy of "Songs for Clem" directly from her.  I remember sending off a money order and must not have calculated the amount correctly because when the CD arrived in the mail, my change, a toonie, was taped inside the CD case.

Captive is from her "Oh Little Fire" album. Hope you enjoy it kiddies xo

"Hold me to this thing, darling
And bring a ladder we'll climb to the rafters
As long as there's a view to look to
Fence me in and keep me close to you