Terry David Mulligan— Jackson Browne, “Late For the Sky”
Where to begin? Pain. Feelings of loss and misgivings. Touches feelings and dark places none of us would want find ourselves feeling or being in.
The album has been called ‘his masterpiece” and also “misguided”. Listen to this song and YOU decide. Moves me everytime I hear it and at times I don’t know why.
Cam Hayden— Harrison Kennedy, “Who U Tellin’?”
This incredible Canadian blues artist has been on the scene for decades and had his breakthrough disc released earlier this year… the title track sums it up nicely
Hayley Muir— Miguel, “Pineapple Skies”
This energetic track from Miguel’s latest record, War & Leisure, is dripping in feel-good R&B and soul. He’s even got a nod to Prince – “There’s pineapple purple skies / Promise everything’s goin’ be all right” and drops Stevie Wonder’s name. Miguel’s taking a step back from his spacey, out there, experimental synth of albums past and it’s a warm, welcome departure. We all need a little Pineapple Skies in our lives!
Orest Soltykevych— Antoine Tamestit, viola / Cédric Tiberghien, piano, “Vincenzo Bellini: Norma: Casta Diva”
Vincenzo Bellini is known today as one of the greatest composers of opera. He wrote some 10 of them, and his best known ones were written between 1830 and 1835.
The most well known aria that Bellini wrote comes from his opera Norma. This prayer is sung shortly after the title character’s first entrance, and this work was made famous by the great Maria Callas.
This version is an arrangement of that aria for viola and piano.
Bob Chelmick— Colin James, “Into The Mystic”
This version of the Van Morrison classic is a personal favourite – the way it starts as an acoustic rhythm guitar and builds to a full-blown r’n b crescendo. Originally on Van’s 3rd studio album, Moondance, in 1970, Colin released his take in 2005 on Limelight. There is no season more mystical than the Holidays and I’m grateful a program donor suggested it for The Road Home. ‘When that foghorn blows, I will be coming’ home…’.
Baba— Sparks, “Bummer”
Sparks as a band are musically very interesting and lyrically border on the ‘holy’ absurd. Never a dull moment. Bummer, “Just a word says it all,. Just a word, you hit that wall”
Amy Van Keeken— Calexico, “Voices in the Field”
Calexico have a new album coming out on January 26th via City Slang. It’s their ninth studio album and it’s called The Thread that Keeps Us. Voices In The Field is the second single from the album and vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns has this to say about it: “In the age of the extremes, when walls attempt stifling words, this song is inspired by the poems on postcards from those uprooted by war and oppression. It’s a song to remind us to open up our hearts and hear other voices sing their stories. I was listening to Mavis Staples, Bombino, Joe Strummer and Bob Dylan.”
Monica Miller— Charlotte Day Wilson, “Doubt”
First of all, this new song is stunning. Completely stunning. It’s described as “an intimate yet accessible anthem for the unsure”. Um, that would be all of us, methinks.
Secondly, it heralds the arrival of a new full-length (details TBA) from Toronto’s Charlotte Day Wilson.
Tony King— Riverdale Cast, “Mad World”
Though this choice may come off as capricious – in all sincerity, the spirit of the melodramas of Douglas Sirk, teen angst and nail biting suspense, fuse together to make this newest reboot of the Archie comics very watchable. Part of the charm of Riverdale is in the casting, the wry self-aware dialogue, and the music from the series which perfectly encapsulates the dark naïve world the characters inhabit.
Grant Stovel— The Mavericks, “Easy As It Seems”
Let’s throw back to Thursday, October 19th, 2017 — the day that The Mavericks came to CKUA’s Edmonton performance space to help us kick off the Fall Fundraiser in spectacular fashion! Their inspired live performance from that day can be found archived on CKUA’s Soundcloud page.