Entries by David

Bruce Cockburn: 50 Years of Songs

“Strikes across the frontier and strikes for higher wage/ Planet lurches to the right as ideologies engage/ Suddenly it’s repression, moratorium on rights/ What did they think the politics of panic would invite?/ Person in the street shrugs ‘Security comes first’/ But the trouble with normal is it always gets worse/ The trouble with normal […]

JULIAN TAYLOR, ON HIS BREAKTHROUGH ALBUM THE RIDGE

There’s a westbound windBlowing through the ridge againYou can stay in, or go outsideAnd wait for it to dieBut either way, it never ends —“The Ridge” Julian Taylor Our past is always present. Even when we try to leave lost memories behind, they return in unexpected and unimaginable ways. How or why these pieces of our […]

AARON ALLEN: TATTOO ARTIST TURNED COUNTRY SINGER-SONGWRITER

Music brings us together; it helps us heal in these trying times. Artists, and their songs, fill a void when we’re surrounded by emptiness and uncertainty. Aaron Allen, from London, Ontario, is one of many musicians answering the public’s call for new music during the pandemic. Stuck at home, with the family tattoo business – […]

William Prince: Hard Truths & Timeless Songs

Juno Award-winning songwriter’s hard truths make his latest recording timeless By David McPherson Reliever: a noun meaning something or someone that relieves pain, distress, or difficulty. Long before he won a Juno for Contemporary Roots Album of  the Year, and left side hustles behind to work full time as a musician, William Prince dreamed of a different calling. […]

CARLY PARADIS: MAKING EPIC MUSIC OF THE HUMAN CONDITION

CARLY PARADIS: MAKING EPIC MUSIC OF THE HUMAN CONDITION Story by David McPherson | January 15, 2020 The touchstones of our lives often present themselves when we least expect them. These messages from the universe remind us that the journey we’re on is the right path. Songwriter Carly Paradis recently received one such sign. The […]