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Canadians At The Grammy’s – 2021

First off, let’s be straight. I’m not a fan of the Grammy’s, the show is bloated and uninteresting, the nominees, well, puzzling, at times. Having said that, there is an implied importance to the awards and as such, they must be considered. For further research, google The Weeknd and the Grammy. Please check out as many as you can, some great musicians here, not to mention, producers and songwriters.

First the list, then a few videos of key nominees contributions.

Best Latin rock or alternative album: Lido Pimienta, Miss Colombia.

Best folk album: Leonard Cohen,Thanks for the Dance.

Best remixed recording: “Imaginary Friends (Morgan Page Remix),” Morgan Page, Deadmau5.

Best engineered album, non classical:

  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Black Hole Rainbow (Devon Gilfillian).
  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Hyperspace (Beck).
  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Jaime (Brittany Howard).

Best musical theatre album: Glen Ballard and Alanis Morissette, lyricists; original Broadway cast, Jagged Little Pill.

Best video: Future feat. Drake, “Life is Good.”

Best folk album: Leonard Cohen,Thanks for the Dance.

Best remixed recording: “Imaginary Friends (Morgan Page Remix),” Morgan Page, Deadmau5.

Best engineered album, non classical:

  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Black Hole Rainbow (Devon Gilfillian).
  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Hyperspace (Beck).
  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Jaime (Brittany Howard).

Best musical theatre album: Glen Ballard and Alanis Morissette, lyricists; original Broadway cast, Jagged Little Pill.

Best video: Future feat. Drake, “Life is Good.”

Best classical instrumental solo: Daniil Trifonov, Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Destination Rachmaninoff: Arrival.

Best classical compendium: Matt Haimovitz, Julian Wachner, Luna Pearl Woolf: Fire and Flood.

Best melodic rap performance: Drake feat. Lil Durk, “Laugh Now, Cry Later.” 

Best rap song: Drake feat. Lil Durk, “Laugh Now, Cry Later.” 

Best pop solo performance: Justin Bieber, “Yummy.”

Best pop duo: Justin Bieber feat. Quavo, “Intentions.”

Best traditional pop vocal album: Rufus Wainwright, Unfollow the Rules.

Best pop vocal album: Justin Bieber, Changes.

Best country song: Ingrid Andress (Sam Ellis, songwriter), “More Hearts Than Mine.”

Best country duo/group performance: Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours.”

Best dance recording:

  • Kaytranada feat. Kali Uchis, “10%”
  • Jayda G, “Both of Us.”


Best dance/electronic album: Kaytranada, Bubba.

Best spoken word album: Ken Jennings, Alex Trebek: The Answer Is….

Best new artist: Kaytranada

Song of the year: Julia Michaels, JP Saxe, “If the World was Ending.”

Record of the year:

  • Post Malone (Frank Dukes, producer), “Circles.”
  • Dua Lipa (Drew Jurecka, engineer), “Don’t Start Now.”

Album of the year: Post Malone (Frank Dukes, producer), Hollywood’s Bleeding.

JP Saxe is the Canadian
Sam Ellis is a Canadian songwriter

Enjoy the show

Music From The Email Bag – December 8, 2020

Trailerpark Idlers

And now for something completely different, Swedish Alt-Country. Yes that is correct. I was going through my email and came across a promo from August 2019. Yes, I know, I’m way behind. I do keep them all though and now that I am writing (sort of) again, I am committed to catching up.

Now about the Trailerpark Idlers. They are from are from Norrkoping/Soderkoping, Sweden and formed as a group in 2006. Since then, they have released 14 albums. This tune, The Green Grass Once Again, is taken from their most recent album, Ghost Town Nights. The band lists their influences, and pretty eclectic, as Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, Gillian Welch, Bob Wills, Ramones, Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Jimmie Rodgers, Rolling Stones, Ernest Tubb. I can believe it. Interesting band, interesting music. If interested, hit the links down below to find out more.

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Music From The Mailbag -Jacy Dawn

Jacy Dawn

Received the press release from Jacy Dawn highlighting her latest project, ” A Song For Lois”. Give it a listen and if you like, it is available on iTunes.

Jacy on iTunes

Jacy Dawn Releases “A Song For Lois” Honoring Canadian Children’s Entertainer,
Lois Lilienstein of “Sharon, Lois & Bram”

Nashville, TN (January 13, 2016) – Nashville songwriter Jacy Dawn, has recorded and released “A Song For Lois”, honoring the late Lois Lilienstein, of the famed Canadian children’s trio, Sharon, Lois & Bram. Dawn credits the trio with being the first inspiration behind her decision to pursue a career in the music business. The song features acclaimed musician, and friend of Lilienstein’s, Roy George on piano.

Dawn’s connection with Sharon, Lois & Bram began back in 1988 when their hit television series, “Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show” began airing on Nickelodeon. Dawn had the opportunity to see the trio in concert twice in Boston in the late 80’s and early 90’s when they were at the height of their careers. Dawn says her connection to the eldest of the group, the bubbly, blond, Lilienstein, was instant when she saw her perform on stage. Dawn continued to watch and learn from the Canadian stars through the late 90’s when their television series “Skinnamarink TV” began airing.

In early 2015, Dawn was able to connect with the trio via email, only to learn that Lilienstein had been ill and in the hospital. An email back from the other two members of the group, Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison, reassured Dawn that they had read Lilienstein her letter and that she had been “deeply touched” by Dawn’s sincere message of gratitude. After a few more emails back and forth, Lilienstein passed away in April, from Cancer.

Dawn wrote “A Song For Lois” to honor her earliest musical hero’s memory. She recorded a video of herself performing the song, which has been featured on www.sharonloisbram.com and on a Facebook page honoring Lilienstein. After seeing the video, a pianist and a friend of Lilienstein’s, Roy George, reached out to Dawn with the idea of recording the song. The two have collaborated on this newly released piece and are donating all of the proceeds from the download of the song to Mariposa In The Schools, a program which Lilienstein spent much of her life building and contributing to. Mariposa In The Schools helps to bring musical instruments and music education into the schools in Canada.

Dawn continues to keep in touch with the other two members of the group, Hampson & Morrison via email, and during her recent visit to Toronto last month, Dawn met with Hampson who took her to see the official “Sharon, Lois & Bram” playground, which was dedicated to the trio in 2014. “A Song For Lois” is available for download on all major digital distribution sites.

Originally from Massachusetts, Jacy Dawn has had more than 20 of her songs recorded by both National and International artists. As a performer, Dawn has shared the stage with artists such as Wynonna, LeAnn Rimes, Willie Nelson, Lorrie Morgan, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Martina McBride among others. Her work as an actress has garnered her roles on the hit ABC tv series “Nashville” and she is also the president and CEO of her own marketing and graphic design company.

Best known for their hit song “Skinnamarink”, Sharon, Lois & Bram are multi award winning artists who have sold over 3 million albums in their 36 year career. For their significant contribution to the development of children’s music, the trio were awarded the Order of Canada in 2002. Sharon & Bram continue to perform and tour throughout Canada and the United States.

For more on Jacy Dawn visit: www.jacydawn.com
For more on Sharon & Bram visit www.sharonandbram.com
For more on Sharon Lois & Bram visit: www.sharonloisbram.com
For more on Roy George visit: www.roygeorge.net

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The 7:40 Songbook – March 17. 2015

A cold drive this morning, honked at every green car I saw.  Kind of spooking them a bit I believe.  Question, why do people drive 70 in an 80 zone?  Can never figure that out.  On to today’s songbook.

A bit of country today, although it is getting hard to call country, country these days.  More like bluesy rock nowadays.  At any rate, we have The Lone Bellow playing “Take My Love” from their 2015 album, “Then Came the Morning”.

Song Of The Day – The Lone Bellow – “You Never Need Nobody”

 

A bit of live country today.  Nicely crafted tune, great growth to a nice ending, with terrific vocals, and, of course, live.  The best way to listen to anything is the real thing.  Support live music in all it’s forms.  Enjoy a now 2-year-old tune from The Lone Bellow titled “You Never Need Nobody”.