Song Of The Day – “Carry Me Along” by Express and Company

Some Canadian music by Express and Company.  Man, we have a lot of great bands up here.

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The 7:40 Songbook – March 16, 2015

What a difference a day makes in Calgary, plus 18 (65 above for my American friends) on one day, snow and minus 2 (28) the next,  Those crazy rocks to the west toy with us.  Surprisingly, the drive was sedate, only broken up by the lack of visibility with all the moisture flying around.

Today’s tune is by Sarah MacDougall and is entitled “Sparrowhead”,  Nice relaxing tune to lose the stress of a crap drive to work, on a Monday, in the snow.

The 7:40 Songbook – March 10, 2015

Nothing interesting on the way in to work this morning, unless you can emphasize with driving for 25 minutes and not remembering a thing interesting.  Definite homing pigeon zombie mode on that drive, hope I didn’t run over anything or anyone.

Music time.  Today’s song is another Canadian group that is beginning to get noticed..well..pretty much everywhere.  The band “the Rural Alberta Advantage”.  The song “Runners in the Night”.  Very nicely put together, highlighted by the excellent vocals provided by singer Nils Edenloff.  The band also includes Amy Cole and Paul Banwatt.  Paul handles percussion while Amy provides vocals and pretty much every other instrument.  Based in Toronto, there is an Alberta connection as Nils is originally from there.  The video is a live rendition, so enjoy.

The 7:40 Songbook – March 5, 2014

Son of Dave

I start a new series today (always looking for something fast and simple) called the 7:40 songbook.  The premise, the end of my drive to work and the song that comes on at 7:40 in the morning on my trusty FM dial.  It could be from CBC2 or it could be CKUA radio.  Either way it will not be the same song twice and usually an excellent tune.  Both Tom Power of CBC and Grant Stovel of CKUA have very similar tastes to mine in their selections.

The inaugural tune is an interesting number from a rare source, the one man band.  In this case it is a bluesy number from Son Of Dave and is called Old Times Were Good Times.  This version is a live rendition which gives a good idea of the creativity involved with this genre.

Son of Dave is actually Canadian named Benjamin Darvill who currently is based in the UK.  The song is taken from his 2008 album simply titled “03”.  Prior to going solo, he was a member of the Crash Test Dummies and is a former Grammy nominee with that band.  A very talented player and songwriter.

Music From The Mailbag – Gena Perala

As I attempt to get back on the beat after a fabulous (but not yet over) Canadian summer, I decided to empty the mailbag.  Simply put, I have veritable treasure trove of new music that I have had no chance to do much about.  Having said that, we will attempt to empty the bag by starting oldest to newest and plowing through them with you the reader, until they are done.

Gena Perala

First up, we have Gena Perala, a Canadian artist out of British Columbia.  She is a mufti-talented type who not only writes and performs her music, she also writes poetry, with 3 books to her credit.  Very impressive.   The song I am featuring is from her second album, “Exactly Nowhere”.  The song is “Living Proof”.   A fine ballad, featuring Gena playing the piano and belting out her tune.  Nice song, well produced.

If you want to learn more about Gena, hit the links

Gena Perala Home Page

Gena Perala on Twitter

Gena Perala on CBC Music

Gena Perala on iTunes