Song Of The Day – The Reason – “Drive Me Home”


Canadian rock band The Reason performing at th...
Canadian rock band The Reason performing at the Burlington Sound of Music Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some Canadian talent today.  The Reason are out of Hamilton, Ontario and have been around since 2003.  This song, “Drive Me Home” is from their recently released EP “Hollow Tree”.  The band is an indie group with punk roots.  This tune caught my attention on that infamous evening drive home (pun intended), where I catch a good chunk of my new music via Rich Terfry (aka Buck 65) on CBC Radio 2.  Very catchy song with a good chorus.

The Reason Home Page

The Reason on CBC3

The Reason on iTunes

Song Of The Day – Hey Rosetta! – “Red Heart”


Cover of "Into Your Lungs"
Cover of Into Your Lungs

Hey Rosetta! is a Canadian indie band out of St John’s, Newfoundland.  This song is another CBC2 find for me (I love that station).  The music this band creates has a very layered sound.  They remind me of many current bands that are enjoying success out of Canada, like Arcade Fire .  At the same time, they put into the layers some sounds that remind one of a Coldplay. They have been around since the mid 2000’s, releasing 3 albums and 5 EP’s.  This song “Red Heart” is off their 2008 album “Into Your Lungs“.

Hey Rosetta! Home Page

Hey Rosetta! on Twitter

Hey Rosetta! on iTunes

The Skaters Of Seville


 

Seville Spain
Seville Spain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As Canadians, we love all things skating.  We were wandering the streets of Seville,when we came upon this scene.  Quite interesting.  As we watched, the crowd got bigger, the skating got better and the busking part came out.  All in all, easy stuff on ice, not so easy on wheels.  Author’s note: first time playing with Movie Maker, forgive me as I learn.

Song Of The Day – The Heavy – What Makes A Good Man


 

English: The Heavy rocking the Bowery Ballroom...
English: The Heavy rocking the Bowery Ballroom – October 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Time for a heavy tune from, The Heavy.  The song “What Makes A Good Man” is from their 2012 album “The Glorious Dead” and was released as a single, also in 2012.  The band hails from Bath, England (been there) and plays a guitar rock sound, with soul undertones.  They have met with much success over the past couple of years.This song will invoke memories of their earlier hit “How You Like Me Now”, which has been used in everything from Kia commercials to Hockey Night In Canada opening credits.  No matter, good tune.  Just remember, it is a lot louder than a lot of what I have posted lately.

 

 

Remembering Donald Byrd


Cover of "Places & Spaces"
Cover of Places & Spaces

On our recent trip to Spain, we were sitting in a small tapas bar in the Born area of Barcelona.  We were enjoying some great food, and some excellent wine, when a song came on that made us both go, “Who in the heck is that”.  We asked our server who it was and he went to find out for us.  Turns out that it was Donald Byrd, who, unfortunately, passed away on February 4, 2013 at he age of 80.  Having just discovered him (where was he hiding), I was quite saddened by this news,  A great trumpet player, his career spanned 7 decades and included, besides his solo work, stints and recordings with a who’s who of the jazz and blues world.  John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Sonny Rollins and Herbie Hancock may ring a few bells with you.

He recorded over 40 albums on his own and many more as a sideman.  An outstanding career.  The song I have chosen in memorial, is the one we heard in Barcelona, “Falling (like dominoes)” of his Places and Spaces album, which was recorded in 1975.

Song Of The Day – Allen Stone – “Sleep”


Allen Stone
Allen Stone

Soul R&B singer, Allen Stone recorded this gem in 2011 and widely released in 2012.  Sleep can be found on his album “Allen Stone”. I have a big weak spot for everything blues/R&B/soul and he hits the sweet spot.

He has a gospel background, which pops up in his writing and style, and lists people like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Meters as his influences.  He currently resides in Seattle, and is on tour in Europe as I write this.

Allen Stone Home

Allen Stone on Twitter

Allen Stone on iTunes

 

Song Of The Day – Danny Michel – What Colour Are You


Danny Michel performing at the 2006 Ottawa Blu...
Danny Michel performing at the 2006 Ottawa Bluesfest on the MBNA stage/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of my favourite Canadian artists, Danny Michel, released this tune last year off his album, “Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me”.  The song, “What Colour Are You” is rife with Latin rhythms, which make sense as it was recorded in Belize.  You ever been to Belize?

Danny is one of those unsung types (no pun intended) who has never had major success, yet, has managed to record 12 albums since 1998.  Very prolific, and one of those hard-working  types that earns every new fan.  I was turned on to him through his album “Valhalla” released in 2006 and have been a loyal fan ever since.

Remembering Raylene Rankin


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Back in our slightly younger days back in the town of Martensville, Saskatchewan, this song used to get a big rise out of the semi, mostly and hardly inebriates at town functions.  Sadly, Raylene Rankin passed away on September 30th after a battle with cancer.  Thanks for the memories Raylene.

 

Ok – Two Weeks Is Enough


Had a lovely break.  Got some new glasses, some prescription swimming sight utensils, a pair of deck shoes, a haircut, booked some swimming lessons and a physical and bought a cool hat.  Basically, nothing.  What did you expect.  I did manage to stock up some good stuff as well.  Enjoy this beauty.

The Arrogance of Authority
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A DEA officer stopped at a ranch in Texas, and talked with an old rancher.
He told the rancher, “I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.”The rancher said, “Okay , but don’t go in that field over there…..”, as he pointed out the location.
The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, ” Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me!”
Reaching into his rear pants pocket, the arrogant officer removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher.

“See this badge?! This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish…. On any land !!
No questions asked or answers given!! Have I made myself clear……do you understand ?!!”
The rancher nodded politely, apologized, and went about his chores.

A short time later, the old rancher heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by the rancher’s big Santa Gertrudis bull……

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With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely that he’d sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified.
The rancher threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs…..

(I just love this part….)
“Your badge, show him your BADGE…….. ! !”

Taking A Break


See you in a couple of weeks.  Here’s a funny for you

As we get older we sometimes begin to doubt our ability to “make a difference” in the world.

It is at these times that our hopes are boosted by the remarkable achievements of other “seniors” who have found the courage to take on challenges that would make many of us wither.

 Harold Jenkins is such a person:

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THIS IS QUOTED FROM HAROLD:

“I’ve often been asked, ‘What do you do now that you’re retired?’

Well….I’m fortunate to have a chemical engineering background and one of the things I enjoy most is converting beer, wine and whiskey into urine.

It’s rewarding, uplifting, satisfying and fulfilling.

I do it every day and I really enjoy it.”

Harold should be an inspiration to us all.

 

 

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