Number 1 in Alberta – January 12 – 18, 2020

Good evening folks.  This is the answer to the most asked question of the week, what is the number 1 song in Alberta, Canada this week.  The answer, according to CKUA radio, available around the world at CKUA.com is ….Catfish Blues, a catchy  number by BMW: Belzner, McLean, Williams.  Enjoy.

If you like, lots more info at

BMW Home

 

 

Artists of Instagram – Kate Stevens

I always enjoy promoting Canadian talent, especially if they are from Calgary.  Kate came to my attention in January of 2019 and I am just getting around to introducing you to her now.  A bit of a brain break.

Kate Stevens is singer songwriter in the story teller vein.  She has a very nice voice, reminiscent of many artists, notably a laid back version of Andra Day and quite jazzy. Definitely worth a listen.

 

If you enjoy the video, her music and her story in an expanded way are viewable here.

Kate Stevens Links

 

 

Remembering Allee Willis

Do you know this song?

 

 

Or this one?

Both were written by Allee Willis, who passed away on December 24th of heart failure.  A prolific writer, she was nominated for a Tony for A Color Purple soundtrack and  won a Grammy for the same as well as several other nominations and wins at the Emmy’s, Grammys and Tonys.

A final song you may recognize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remembering Ray Sawyer

The singer of the iconic song, “The Cover Of The Rolling Stone” passed away on December 31, 2018 at the age of 81.  Usually a back up singer for Dr Hook and the Medicine Show, he sang lead for this song and will always be remembered for it.

 

Gena Perala – “Good Girl” – A Review

  • Received the following press release for a new single by Gena Perala.  A good tune, reminiscent of a more electronic Lana Del Rey.  And Canadian out of Vancouver.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Visual Single Release: Good Girl FEB 20th, by Vancouver based Singer Songwriter Gena Perala (pronounced Jenna).

Gena Perala releases a haunting new single Good Girl on the 20th of February. Reuniting with long-time producer Chris Gestrin, the two have a powerful connection, moving seamlessly through genres and sounds, creating dark melodies enhanced by Perala’s sultry vocals and intensely honest lyrics.

Good Girl opens with beautiful yet ominous “ooohs” and “ahhhs” setting the tone before getting straight to the point: “She’s too good for you and you know it’s true. I think it’s killing you, instead you’re killing her, murderer, murderer, murderer.”

With a voice that is both warm and chilling, Perala creates a style all her own – soft yet strong. “The song is about an abusive relationship and ultimately how every day my friend stayed in this relationship, it was killing her,” Perala explains. “But it’s important to understand how complicated and wrapped up in our past these situations are, so the song is also about the enabling that went on with the abuse and then my own helplessness and anger around men fucking with women, especially when those women are my best friends.”

The visual single premier is an eerie depiction of the artist floating in water surrounded by darkness and at times drowning. Dancers writhing underneath fabric represent the relationship eliciting visuals as unnerving as they are interesting. “Sometimes we know something isn’t good for us and we know we need to get away but we just can’t. Like there’s a force outside ourselves, the fabric drawing us together or the water drowning us and no matter how hard we try, we just can’t get out, Perala says, shedding light on some of the unsettling yet stunning imagery in the video.

Good Girl is the first of a string of releases Perala plans for 2018. It is bit of a departure from her last album (Exactly Nowhere, 2014): Perala trades in her piano for a synthesizer and her drummer for a drum machine. Good Girl is a minimal down-tempo electronic synth song that flirts with pop elements.

Perala’s upcoming releases will feature more of this electronic sound: “Going into the studio I had very specific ideas of what I wanted and co-produced the songs with Chris Gestrin. I love working with Chris anyway but he was the perfect person for this project since his studio is literally packed with synths and drum machines, a lot of them from the 80’s, he loves that stuff so a great fit for the poppy sounds I was going for. He’s also just really good at making my ideas a reality.” Good Girl leans more towards avant-garde pop but then again, Gena Perala is pretty avant-garde herself.