If you’re standing in a forest, tilting your head way back to glimpse the tops of all those majestic, thickly trunked trees, it’s just impossible not to be moved by their centuries-old resilience; the stoic strength that sees them through even the harshest storms that Mother Nature can unleash. Yet locked deep within the core of each of those mighty oaks and towering sequoias is something even stronger than their outwardly impressive surface layers: the heartwood. A tree’s densest, most durable—and often most beautiful—element, the heartwood is the robust, knotty marrow that keeps it standing proud and tall for all to marvel at. And not only is Heartwood also the name of Canadian singer-songwriter Sora’s astonishing third release, it’s as well the perfect metaphor for her music: gorgeous, rich, endlessly enduring.
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Flamenco meets Santana via Brubeck — soaring electric guitars (Steve Kimock), driving acoustics (Tim Reynolds), and Dave Matthews vocal improv wrapped in a tightly grooving package. This radio edit omits Mike Sokolowski & Nir Z’s blistering piano/drums duet. Hear the full version on Sokoband (released 3/9/2010).
So I started to think about the people that came in and out of my life and decided to write honest musical statements about what had transpired. If I hurt you, I’m sorry. If you hurt me, it’s hurts. If I’ve wronged you, I’m sorry, please, I beg your pardon. Once I took music from this point of view the songs started to flow almost effortlessly.
A storyteller through song, Maria Dunn combines North American folk and country music with the influences of her Celtic heritage. She writes songs inspired by historical and contemporary characters, capturing their struggles and triumphs in her lyrics. A 2009 nominee for the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her newest CD, The Peddler, Maria also received a Juno nomination in the Roots/Traditional Solo category for her second recording, For a Song.
GTaa originally harks from Manchester’s urban outskirts, but colours his music with alternative experience from around the World. GTaa produced the ‘Live It All’ album in 2002/2003, from recordings made over the previous few years, with Alan Gregson at West Orange Studio, Preston.
CONNIE LANSBERG is a singer/songwriter who performs original Pop-Jazz and Smooth Jazz. She is a vocal interpreter of the wonderful stories told by the American Song Book and beyond. She uses her voice in such a way as to reveal and tease out even the most subtle of nuances that define these beautiful songs. Reminiscent of Blossom Dearie and June Christy, but with the modern edge of Sade and Sting, Connie Lansberg creates light and shade and sings with an unselfconscious joy that is truly infectious and enfolds the listener within the melody so that each performance is a shared experience that leaves no one out.
Connie was recently asked by an eminent Melbourne Kiniseologist to supply both her music and her voice for a series of uniquely modern meditations designed for both the Nokia and iPhone app stores. They can also be download from up coming website mobile-meditations.com
Somebody Else by Hayley Stark
Why is there somebody else, sleeping in my bed, in my clothes, in my house?
The vivacious acoustic duo Hayley Stark bring you this gem of a song that speaks of loneliness, heartbreak and not quite knowing where you fit in this crazy world.