True Love Is…

A favourite question in our interviews with answers cut straight from the heart. 

Adam Cohen-  A state, a place, a noun a verb, the most beautiful word that you ever heard- A line from Hallelujah, Jesus and Buddha, love is a faded sign that you don’t see sometimes. 

Hozier-  Something tangible & real – to love someone as a human being

MAY- I believe that true love is honest, unwavering and immortal.

Marcus Foster- True Love is… Hard to find.

Caitlin Crosby- SERVICE. Selfless. Sacrifice

Brandon Malone- Loving someone right where their at, while inspiring one another to be more.

Ben Rothbard- Empowering the one you love.

Rayland Baxter- – True Love is… true Love is… a couple walking around their neighborhood after dinner hoLding hands and wanting nothing but each other… true Love is a huge fight… true Love is what the worLd and all her inhabitants are born with… its a feeLing that i cant expLain… its the most speciaL type of excitement.

Nicholas & the Pessimistics- When you would rather have a bad day with someone over a good day without them.

JP Maurice- For Lovers

Yamir- Understanding, trust, valuing one another, and passion.

Mick Evans- Anything you can’t give up.

Andrew Maxwell Morris- Knowing that you are safe and with someone who completes you in every way. Like a blanket but a very comfy one!

Dave Cheetham- Something everyone one deserves and no one should have to settle for less.

Devin Cuddy- Hard to find, but out there, its a journey not a destination.

Zane Carney- A choice that has become fearlessly unconditional.

Matt Costa- A bottle of Brandy and a good guitar.

Lenka- It’s everywhere. Just let it in.

Francesca Tamellini- Painful

David Newberry- Irresistable

Blue Sky Miners- A myth. Love is all around.

Poor Remy- “True love” now that we’re reading it seems kind of redundant. When you find truth, you find love. I think thats true with anything. Thats why love is so powerful, cause its true. 

Augustines- There are many kinds of love. A mother’s, a friends’, a lover, a wife’s, a brother’s.  True love?  Probably being connected with the life you are living, the actual life.  Not the life that is purchased or justified from the outside.

Griffin House- I honestly do not know.  That’s not a sexy answer, I know.  But it’s honest.  I should go look up “love” in the dictionary. That in and of it’s self would be an act of love, to me. Trying to find a proper definition is a great place to begin. I do know this.  I think I have had a bit of an incorrect definition of true love for most of my life. I think we look to other people to fill a big void in ourselves and we think that if we meet “the one” that we’ll feel happy forever and life will be wonderful.  But I don’t think that’s love, I think that is using another person to make yourself feel good.  The closest thing I could maybe venture to say is that true love is unconditional.

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The Wistfulness of MAY – New York

‘If I can say anything it is to be authentic and stay true to yourself. I can’t tell you how many times people have tried to tell me to try something different.’


Every once in a long while an artist appears on the scene with a voice and essence rare to come by present day.
Classy, thoughtful and filled with smouldering passion is MAY – Australian native, currently crushing the music scene in New York City.
The best is definitely yet to come for this timeless beauty.




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Add Some Jazz to Your Christmas Song Listening

Doug Hall

With the holiday’s season well upon us, we hear all our favorite and familiar Christmas songs – from the streaming radio stations in our cars, in stores, malls, and of course with friends and family at home or at festive parties. From Nate King Cole’s “The Christmas Song”(the first lines of which we know by heart) to Burl Ives tenor voice on “ Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and Perry Como’s “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” – to all the modern updates, including Elvis Presley’s crooning version “White Christmas” and of course, “Jingle Bell Rock”, the snap your fingers rocker sung by Bobby Helms – you can almost hear the verses in your head after the very first note or singer’s vocal introduction.

But a vast variety of another style of music remains largely un-explored during this Tis the Season to be Jolly songfest. Jazz composers and musicians of every period have contributed, over time, their own interpretation of the Christmas spirit in note scales and musical instruments not normally associated with holiday music.

With live streaming music available everywhere from so many sources (Pandora, Spotify, Groove Shark – to name a few) the sounds on the jazzy-side are well worth a spin, for a different take on familiar HO! HO! HO! songs.

Here are a few selections that can put you in the mood with a more subtle melody or tone or instrumental solo focus or stepped-up Big Band beat with foot-tapping swing:

Download away from your favorite digital source and put some jazz in your Yuletide!

1) “The Christmas Song” by Dexter Gordon
From The Panther! (Original Jazz Classics)

2) “Here Comes Santa Claus” by Ramsey Lewis
From Sound of Christmas (Chess/MCA)

3) “Jingle Bells” by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
From Jingle Bell Swing (Columbia/Legacy)

4) “O’ Tannenbaum” by Vince Guaraldi
From A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy)

5) “Good Morning Blues” by Ella Fitzgerald
From Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (Verve)

6) “Christmas in New Orleans” by Louis Armstrong
From Hipster’s Holiday (Rhino)

7) “White Christmas” by Lee Ritenour
From A GRP Christmas Collection (GRP Records)

8) “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Tom Scott
From A GRP Christmas Collection (GRP Records)

9) “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Chick Corea Elecktric Band
From A GRP Christmas Collection (GRP Records)

10) “Silver Bells” by Kevin Eubanks
From A GRP Christmas Collection (GRP Records)

So – Have yourself a very merry JAZZY Christmas time!!!!


The best part of what we do is meeting inspiring people like writer Doug Hall. His contributions are a blessing and bright light to Fresh Independence.

Meet Doug…

My lifelong passion for writing and literature (which are wed to each other) continues to stay active, with art and cultural freelance writing assignments for on-line entertainment web sites. Home has been New England, Rocky Mountains, and London and lots of places travelled through books and points of view. (publishing in and

“Creativity is a continual surprise.”
Ray Bradbury

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Foy Vance- Ireland

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Foy Vance decided to Freshen us up at Gastown’s JD’s Barbershop before his flight to Ireland.

Slicker than slick the team at JD’S Barbershop was kind enough to hook us up. Vancouver’s first and finest modern barbershop. Straight razor shaves and expert fades. Located in Gastown in downtown Vancouver.

C H E C K   O U T   J D ‘ S   B A R B E R S H O P   H E R E

Foy Vance was born in the North Ireland town of Bangor, but his passion for traditional music was born in the southern states of America. As a child, Foy relocated with his father, a preacher, to the American Midwest settling in Oklahoma. With his father, Foy travelled the American South, widening his horizons and absorbing the rich musical traditions he was exposed to. Returning to Ireland some years later, Foy began writing his own music, deeply shaped by the sounds of his youth. Since those days, he has spent a considerable amount of time on the road, touring with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Michael Kiwanuka, Marcus Foster, Snow Patrol, and Ed Sheeran. Foy also scored Oscar-winning short-film The Shore with David Holmes, who collaborated with Vance on his 2012 Melrose EP. Foy’s newest album, Joy Of Nothing is available now.

J O Y   O F   N O T H I N G   A V A I L A B L E   H E R E


Foy Self Sketch

With his latest album, “Joy Of Nothing,” – the first effort for his new label Glassnote (home of Mumford & Sons, Phoenix and more) – Foy Vance has crafted a masterwork of the sweet hurt of love and what it does to the men and women involved with all of the fallout. Vance works with those familiar refrains of finding and holding onto a guiding light, of falling back on one’s resiliency (with the backing vocal help of Bonnie Raitt on the excellent cut, “You and I”), of shutting off from the world and living behind guarded emotional walls, of knowing the contents of one’s soul better than anyone else ever could and of ripping everything up, throwing the scraps into the air and just going for whatever gusto might still be left to have in this life of such short terms.


Foy has been writing about these spectacular miseries for years. Since his debut, “Hope,” in 2007, Vance has made the flutter and flail of happiness his chief export. That record ended with his now nine-year-old daughter Ella singing a hidden track version of “You Are My Sunshine,” a song that famously includes mention of the gray skies, if only to punctuate the sunshine and its effects. He uses this same method to describe both the birth and death of love, many times over. Vance is moved by the fractions of love and sentiment, giving himself over to the quiet deluge. His is a voice that rattles you and forces you to let it in so that you may all enjoy a dark room, a modest fire and something to toast with.

F O Y   V A N C E 

 “Joy of Nothing” is a record that makes love feel like the most alive and powerful force in the world. It presents a collection of 10 stories that show — with rousing, tear-the-sky-out-of-the-ceiling and all of the bodies out of the ground passion and equally impassioned tenderness – how everyone chooses their own verses. They often find their ways to tragic ends, but Vance reminds us constantly that we reap what we sow and sometimes we’re reaping very little. He presents the sadness that we find in our coffers as something valuable, as something that shouldn’t be dismissed as failure. He presents the sadness that he’s collected as rich with importance – with as much significance to his happiness as anything else.



The songs on “Joy Of Nothing” are all heartbreakers. They are uplifting in their many forms of destruction. Vance presents to us broken love and trampled upon happiness in a way that makes us want more of it, as if it is exactly what we should be looking for. He gives us people who aren’t fine, but will be all right in the end. You can sense that they will find happiness when it’s meant for them. They will burden their hearts and they will rid them of the black smoke that comes from fried wires and belts, when the entire spirit feels like it’s breaking down. These are anthems that remind us that the spirit always rebounds. Vance just hugs tight the loved ones that haven’t left and he twists the corners of his mustache a little tighter, reveling in the light pinks and soft oranges of his many twilights, braced for another verse.

Currently on Tour: Catch up with Foy Vance HERE

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