Category Archives: Singer Songwriter
Being as how we are in the Kootenays, it seems appropriate to post a tune by Castlegar’s own Frazey Ford. It doesn’t hurt either that it is a terrific tune.
As I sit here prepping this post, I noticed something odd, or not odd perhaps. My top 5 consists of a Brit and 4 Canadians. Not much bias on this blog. My Top 5, in no particular order.
5 “Recovery” by Frank Turner
4 “So Blind” by David Myles
3 “I Was a Fool” by Tegan and Sara
2 “Red Hands” by Walk Off the Earth
1 “What I Wouldn’t Do” by Serena Ryder
Today we post the first 5 of my Top 10 for 2013. The Canadian content in this group consists of a great song by Donovan Woods. The Wire is likely the poppiest tune I have posted (or will post) but it is very catchy and becoming a huge hit. Having said that, some “purists” will contest John Mayer being on any list. I am a huge fan of his and greatly appreciate his abilities as both a songwriter and as an excellent guitarist. Both are highlighted in Wildfire. Enjoy!
10 “The Wire” by Haim
9 “Rumble and Sway” by Jamie N Common
8 “Wildfire” by John Mayer
7 “Put On, Cologne” by Donovan Woods
6 “Unbelievers” by Vampire Weekend
Meredith Shaw, Toronto born, is both a singer songwriter and a radio personality. The messenger and the message, cool. She has a weekend show on 97.3 in Toronto, in which she interviews talent etc. She has 1 album out, (2011’s Place Called Happy) which was produced by Big Sugar’s Gordie Johnson and 1 EP (also 2011, Trouble) which was produced by Joel Plaskett. This tune, “Call it a Night” showcases her personality and style and is done live as well. Great song.
Paul Simon still has it. The song “The Afterlife” from his 2011 album “So Beautiful Or So What”. Just a quick shot again tonight.
I had a serious infatuation with Duffy’s voice back about 4 or 5 years ago. Her debut album “Rockferry” is one of those stunning debut records that show incredible potential. She came on the scene with an entire bevy of English female singer songwriters that quickly took over the airwaves. Think Amy Winehouse and Adele. In many ways, Duffy was the Animals to the others Beatles and Stones. Very good, but not at the top of the heap. Unfortunately, she lost me with the release of her second album in 2010 called “Endlessly”. Still, Rockferry will be an enduring classic and should be in your collection. songs such as this “Serious” will likely be timeless and enduring.
Today we have another tune from a regular contributor to the series, Joel Plaskett Emergency. The song is a great sing along called Deny Deny Deny. Joel is a great good time music maker in the great Maritime Canadian tradition. You can hear the Celtic undertones and almost expect a fiddle and an accordion to pop in any second. The tune is performed live somewhere in Halifax.
Today’s song of the day is a nice tune from Ben Howard, an English singer-songwriter. The song, “Keep Your Head Up” was released as a single in 2011, but was on his 2008 début album, “Games In The Dark”, and on his 2011 record “Every Kingdom”. The song starts out fairly slowly but picks up power as it continues, then moves into a great chorus. Good tune.
The oft maligned John Mayer enters my Song of the Day series, yet again. I say maligned as more often than not he is dismissed as nothing more than a pop artists. I tend to disagree. I find him a superior writer of songs, some pop, some a lot more than that, such as this tune, “Wildfire”. In this tune he once again proves that he can write and do a great catchy song and showcase something else that people tend to miss. As a guitar player, there are few performing today that are as good as he is. He is a terrific player, up there with many of the recognized greats. In the video, he really cuts loose at the 3:20 mark. All in all, this song rates an A+ in my books. Hope you enjoy.