Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday Sojourn

Wake up you sleepy heads… for adventure, even on a lazy Sunday afternoon. “No Matter the Battle” pits Allison Crowe and Band, film-scorer Kayla Schmah, and cinema magician Georges Méliès against the moon’s inhabitants – and we’re all aboard:

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Allan Showalter's "10 Reasons I Love Canada"

“O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us To see oursels as others see us!” quoth the bard Robbie Burns. A Canada Day post from the personal blog of Allan Showalter, the word-spinner of magic @ "Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered":

10 Reasons I Love Canada

July 1, 2017  /  Allan Showalter

Leonard Cohen
Robertson Davies
Allison Crowe
Holly Cole
k.d. lang
Barenaked Ladies
Ron Sexsmith
Carol Shields1
Joni Mitchell
Gordon Lightfoot
1. American born but really, truly Canadian

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Celebrating avec "Montreal"

Long story short - this is a beautiful cover of my song ‘Montreal’ by a wonderful student and singer in Dorval (musicians of L'école Dorval-Jean XXIII).

Short story long (and rambling): So writing songs (for me, anyways) can be a weird thing - and can feel like no one will ever hear you, or care, or connect with how deeply you feel what you're saying - but then you kind of have to accept that maybe that doesn't matter, and it is in that instant only about what the creation for you means right then - and maybe that's all it'll ever be, it's absolutely possible no one will care, and so you just do it anyway, because it's what you do.

Maybe after you write it, it doesn't matter what it means to you, it isn't about yourself at all, it's about what someone else can take away from it, heal, commiserate, rage, sing or laugh along - and you put every emotion you have in to whatever you're saying in one moment - but then that time passes, A LOT OF TIME PASSES VERY QUICKLY, and everything takes on different meanings. Sometimes it's hard, sometimes it's funny, sometimes it makes you cry.

Students in Dorval are celebrating 375 years of Montreal, and this is a young woman singing a verse and chorus of my song ‘Montreal’, and I can honestly say that a) i never saw that coming b) i don't actually know what to say so i am saying too much and c) I'm crying.

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