Thursday, January 22, 2015

Time After Time

Enjoying time and opportunity this season to dig into music (rather than snow, on this coast so far, fingers crossed…) – and discovering beautiful audio and video treasures, including recordings I didn’t know exist.

Here’s a video that’s known, and with its Winterime scenes, remains an all-season joy in Allison Crowe’s video gallery. Allison, a child of the '80s, performs one of her favourites of that era in concert - a cover of Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman's – “Time After Time".

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Up to the Mountain - MLK Day

Allison Crowe regularly cooks up musical soul food - literally in her kitchen. That's where she’s recorded this guitar version of "Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)" - from the pen of the sublime Patty Griffin in tribute to our individual and collective humanity - inspired by words and deeds of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Allison serves as her own Jordanaires - providing harmonious accompaniment to the lead vocals and guitar: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/track/up-to-the-mountain-mlk-song 
 
Piano now – “Up to the Mountain” with Allison Crowe this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Ringing out Patty Griffin’s song – and a quote from MLK: “We’ve learned to fly the air as birds, we’ve learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we haven’t learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters.”

To that end we all march on.


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Thursday, January 08, 2015

King's in the Kitty

Elvis Aaron Presley’s born on this day, January 8, in 1935. Shuffling the video deck in tribute, here’s Allison Crowe dealing musical cards from Newfoundland singer-songwriter Ron Hynes and poet Al Pittman – “and life's about chances” – “30 for 60”:




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Monday, December 29, 2014

Wassail Song

Like souling and caroling, (even the more sonorous of trick-or-treating), wassailing can involve a merry band of people going door-to-door and singing from porch-steps. (Though some go a-wassailing to the orchard where they can serenade the trees.) Fortifying such merriment may be a supply of cider, punch, mulled wine, or spicy ale.

Dipping anew into the bowl of this season’s traditional music, here’s Allison Crowe’s serving of the “Wassail Song


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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Peace

Joy

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Silent Night (Stille Nacht)


Silent Night - from Allison Crowe's legendary "Tidings" solo sessions.

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