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Song 112: Somewhere Over the Rainbow 

This year, with this project of recording a song everyday, means no one can visit us without having to go on record.  Yesterday I did a song with my brother-in-law and today since it was my sister-in-law's birthday, it was her turn to do a song!

We're pretty lucky to have so much musical talent around us.  Here is Alison Boudreau singing a rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

 

Song 110: Pink 

Pink: it's like red but not quite. Aerosmith songs are hard to sing! I've been a fan for a long time. The first concert I ever went to was with my cousins Michael and Jamie Monette with I was about 12 or 13, and this is one of the only Aerosmith songs that I can pull off (I think?)

 

Song 109: Still Crazy After all These Years  

I have always admired the way Paul Simon's "Still Crazy after all these years"  finds that beautiful balance of the accessibility of pop music, with clever and sophisticated twists in both the chord changes and overall arrangement. As much as I love a simple tune with straightforward chords and easy lyrics, I also long to hear some different colours in music that can paint a more interesting and intriguing sound for my ears.

This song does it for me. Whats great is that it's not complicated for the sake of being complicated.

The way the song changes from major to minor and the way it changes keys in the bridge help to create a different mood as the story in the song moves along. I find his use of major 7 chords really present me as a listener with the emotion of longing and reflection. It's almost a dreamy look back on the past, which is fitting for this song as it looks back on at someone revisiting an old flame of a relationship. I don't play this one live often but when I do, I always find it satisfying. Rhymin Simon, you are a genius songwriter.

 

Song 108: Time is Gonna take your Love 

I have had the privilege of playing music with many of my friends over the years. Shawn Tavenier and myself have worked together on musical endeavors since we first met in high school. Jeff Rogers and I have played and endless amount of duelling piano shows since we first met at Fat Tuesdays 11 years ago. Music aside, these guys are friends of mine and I have shared many memorable moments with them. We have been around for each other through the ups and downs of our lives and and its easy to talk with other people who are living the same career as myself.

An opportunity for escape presented itself thursday night. Shawn found himself withot any gigs for the weekend and so he decided to head up to his chalet in Calabogie which is known to many of our musical friends as "Bonnie Doon". He invited any musician friends that were free on the weekend to join him. I decided that I would make my way up there after my gig late Thursday night. Jeff was also playing thursday night and decided to make the trip up after his gig. The three of us rarely get a chance to hang out outside of our work environment so I was glad that the opportunity came up. I was especially eager to get some songwriting done with these two. There are too many times when I have said that I wanted to collaborate with these fellas. Shawn and Jeff are both going through a rough patch relationship wise at this time and I joked about it with them saying that I felt like an imposter amongst these two newly single friends. All joking aside, we did manage to pull together to contribute lyrics for some verses and a  chorus, a fitting chord progression and some great three part harmony. Here is a Tavenier/Rogers/Kealey tune called "Time is gonna take your love"

 
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