Those who visit this site—thank you—may recall that I have been working with publicist, Eric Alper, who alerted me to the Unsigned Only Music Competition a few months ago. I submitted three songs from my album, and one of them, Sweet Bitter, co-written with Marcus Vichert, is a semi-finalist!
There were some 1200 songs selected from about 10,000 submissions (including the other two from me…next time!)
I should learn more in the coming weeks.
ASL LYRIC VIDEOS
I hoped to bring my interest in American Sign Language to my music, and lyric videos presented an opportunity. Many thanks to the Canadian Hearing Services, which kindly guided me to actor Dawn Jani Birley. I think she has done a fine job, and I will feature these videos each week or so.
CANADIAN BEATS INTERVIEW!
Many thanks to Jenna Melanson at Canadian Beats for this interview! https://canadianbeats.ca/2021/01/27/interview-trevor-owen/
Many thanks to Cashbox Radio!
SCENE IN THE DARK INTERVIEW
Many thanks to Scene in the Dark.com for their interview!
"Let's make a record," said Marcus Vichert, my long-time friend and musical accomplice in October, 2018. Over the rest of that year, and much of the next, this album—let that sink in—was made, largely according to studio availability. It comprises six of my songs, including one co-written with Marcus, and four interpretations I have played over the years, and feel close to.
I have been very lucky to work with those who brought this project from an idea in Marcus’s imagination, to the final record: Braden Sauder, engineer/owner, Marquee Sound; Jeff Beauchamp, basses (four, I think), vocals; Jamie Bird, drums and percussion, vocals; Donavon LeNabat, keyboards, vocals; Keira McArthur, cello and vocals; and, Marcus Vichert, producer; slide, acoustic, sustainer and mandoguitars. I feel very lucky that designer Kerrin Hands made himself available.Many thanks all!
This record was a pleasure to make, and I hope you enjoy listening to it. BandCamp, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and the like. I will post some videos, below. AvailabilityPost-pandemic performances may be arranged as a duo/trio, or as a full band (quartet, quintet and sextet.) Information & Contacthttp://www.trevorowenmusic.com
Make Me Feel lyric video
Vulnerability calls attention to itself in ways that partly surprise us. Like Tell Me What it Looks Like on the album, this song came together in a few minutes around a single idea. From the sessions at Marquee Sound in Toronto.
The More, the More lyric video
This is an original from the album, and features Marcus Vichert opening the song on one of the many guitars he played during these sessions.
Richland Woman Blues lyric video
Colleen Peterson was appearing at the Riverboat coffee house in Toronto’s Yorkville village when she kindly gave permission to perform her great song, Not the Only One, which appears here along with my cover of her cover of Richland Woman Blues, by Mississippi John Hurt.
I was playing up the street in a band that had a house gig (uh, Mondays - Wednesdays, 50 per cent of the gate…you get the picture.).
I Get That Feeling lyric video
A producer I know once described “editing” as a process of “taking away.” For me, editing is more a process of “coming to know differently," but my hope is that both are present here, and that in making what I hoped might be a more spacious version of this great song, written in the early ‘70s by Pam Marsh and Bruce Wheaton, something new can appear.
Not the Only One lyric video
I agree with Diana Krall: “…interpretation is an art.” No one had a greater influence on my thinking on this topic than Colleen Peterson. It was at the Riverboat coffee house in Toronto’s Yorkville village where she kindly gave permission to perform her great song, Not the Only One. I was taken by her generosity, which I was lucky to have known before her death from cancer, too young at 45.
Fire Moon lyric video
Iceland, the setting for Fire Moon, is well-known for its many contrasts: glaciers and volcanos, fire and ice. I have visited many times, and a longtime friend is fond of preparing a different traditional dish for me each time I stay.“Oh,” I said on my last visit. “Is this rotting shark?”“No,” he replied. “Rotten. It is rotten shark.”Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, translates into my language as “Smoky Bay,” and “Heima,” this song’s one-word chorus, is Icelandic for “home.”
And the Moon Rising lyric video
Every year, in late summer or early fall, a group gathers by Lake Ontario to play songs, watch the sun setting, and the moon rising. There are many instruments; we begin in light, end in darkness, and find our way through an evening of songs.
Sweet Bitter lyric video
When I am stuck on a line, something that can lead me somewhere more agreeable is to reverse an element, say, a verse or a line. At times, this results in seeing the things one knows in ways one didn’t know them, or, perhaps, in ways one didn’t know one knew them.
I played lots of music with people on Mull during my 2019 visit, and I would join in on this session a bit later, but this snippet features Terry Ward, guitar, the late (alas) Joe McHugh, bouzouki, and Julie Ward, concertina, and is from the first musical gathering for me that visit, held at the Pennyghael Community BBQ, Aug. 15-19.
Regular Thursday musical evening at the Keel Row, Fionnphort, Isle of Mull, Aug29-19. Joe McHugh, Clive Bilney & Glen Cato were also joined by Charley Streather and Yours Truly on guitar (though the angle was not good for Wendy’s camera.)
I have posted some lyric videos of songs from the album. Please check back for more in the coming weeks.
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