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.
A pleasant drive today. The sun is up, but that will change again next week with daylight savings coming in. Traffic on Glenmore was very light and the music on CKUA was great. Pulled into the lot a bit early and caught up on some news while waiting for 7:40 to roll over on the digital dial.
Today’s tune is a new release by Helio Sequence, an alternative band out of Portland. A duo, they have a melodic sound with a hard driving edge. Very enjoyable tune for you called “Stoic Resemblance”. And live of course.
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.
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”.
English: Serena Ryder performing at Showbox, Seattle 4-26-09 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Heard this on CBC2 today during an interview she was doing and had to post it. Serena Ryder is the next big thing. The vocals on this are amazing, almost Adele, yet different, kind of like Aretha, yet different, and a dash of Amy Winehouse. This is the exact performance I heard. Sit back and enjoy “For You”. Oh, and get the album “Harmony”, you will not regret it.
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