Every week, CKUA’s hosts submit their songs for our weekly House Blend playlist: an exciting new release, a beloved classic or just an old personal favourite. We mix it all together to create a sonic concoction that’ll help kick off your week. Check out what’s on this week’s playlist.
Mark Antonelli: Anneke van Giersbergen, “Come Wander With Me”
A slightly-spooky, faux ballad written for a 1964 episode of The Twilight Zone. It reminds me of old traditional songs like “Barbara Allen” and has some mildly-eerie lyrics about a woman’s lover who “came from the sunset” and “came from the sea”. It was supposedly covered a number of times over the years and even appeared in a couple of films and a Dutch insurance add! Very dreamy and evocative.
Orest Soltykevych: Philip Glass, “Escape!”
Philip Glass is one of the most renowned contemporary American composers. He wrote the soundtrack to the 2002 movie, The Hours, starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. This is an excerpt from that movie, arranged for saxophone and piano.
Baba: Leonard Cohen, “Choices”
As far as I know, this track hasn’t been on any studio albums, but appears as a soundcheck track on Can’t Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour. Philosophical as Mr. Cohen can be. RIP, oh dark one!
Amy Van Keeken: Phoebe Snow, “All Over”
I will forever be grateful to a pal of mine who introduced me to this record a number of years ago. A perfect slice of 1976 with the stunning voice of Phoebe Snow.
Tony King: Bodies Of Water, “Dark Water”
Who says L.A. is completely bereft of culture? With their quirky, yet groove-centric songs, Bodies Of Water confirm what we’ve always known: beneath the veneer of Tinseltown, there is a real independent heart that beats ferociously, making music in squalid, basement apartments, while the beautiful strut their stuff along the beaches of Santa Monica.
Grant Stovel: Chloe Doucet, “Lighthouse”
I’d never heard of her before, but I was knocked out by Chloe when she appeared as a tweener at Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo in July. Well, ‘though she’s just barely into her twenties and has just released her debut EP, it turns out that she’s by no means a newcomer to the music world. Her father is celebrated Canadian musician, Luke Doucet, although I must say, to my ears, she sounds nothing at all like her dad! She’s definitely got her own effortless sense of musicality, a highly distinctive voice, and quite an assured way with a lyric. The chorus from this uplifting track is a good example:
“If you’re heart sinks to the bottom, hold your head high
The sea is shallow, compared to the sky.”
She’s a bright light, alright. One we’ll have to keep an eye on.
Monica Miller: Gregg Allman, “Out Of Left Field”
The irresistible combination of Gregg Allman singing and one of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham’s songs, was recorded at the FAME studios in Muscle Shoals. This comes from Allman’s final recorded statement, Southern Blood, and, like Bowie’s before him, it is a gift to be treasured.
Kodi Hutchinson: Dan Brubeck, “If Love Had It’s Way”
Beautiful music in honour of his famed parents: Dave and Iola Brubeck. Drummer, Dan Brubeck, with an album that received a well-deserved JUNO nomination in 2016. Dan will be performing in Calgary and Edmonton in late September and it will be well worth going!