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Look It Here- Song of the Day

“I got a love so hard I can’t stand it and with a heart so weak and abandoned”

We first discovered Nathaniel Rateliff as a solo artist in the indie Documentary, ‘Austin to Boston’

We are glad the music world is giving him his turn to hit you in the soul. Something real and true.

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The Reality of Amy

This week in 2007 Amy Winehouse was No. 1 with her enormous album ‘Back to Black’ which brings such bittersweet memories of this girl who was stolen from the world. Reflecting back on her documentary it makes you want to kick that shit in the head.

Took in the Amy Winehouse documentary this weekend and was blown away by the depth of her voice and it rattles you to your bones to know that it comes from somewhere ultimately divine. So many beautiful pictures of her in living colour adorning the costume she wore but yet unsettling to see the physical contradiction as she changed from a healthy full of life teenager, to a scrawny bulimic body with breasts paid for with her Hidden Treasures from Back to Black.

It saddens the soul to watch a life crumble at the hands of instant gratification and a circle of people who did not care enough to say ‘No, I will not sit and watch you kill yourself.’  

Amy was born full of life and ready to challenge the world. She possessed a vibrant personality that drew the people around her in and made them feel special in her presence, herself becoming as a sacrificial lamb when her addictive personality began to swim in a sea of money. There also lurked those feeding off of her and unfortunately in those shallow murky waters one is not able to see clearly. She loved Blake Fielder and he loved her money and it’s a disturbing piece of the puzzle in Amy’s life.

Usually the right thing and the hardest thing are the same thing and Amy’s father had the capability to shut this business down and protect his daughter allowing her a safe harbour to get clean, healthy and strong. In the end she may have still chosen her outcome, but at least she would of had a fighting chance to win this battle.

A pivotal moment for thought occurred during a clear spell, when Amy won her grammy and confided to her friend ‘this is just no fun without the drugs.’ How sad to be experiencing the biggest moments of your life thus far, yet unable to feel anything. What does this do to a body and soul and why does anyone ever choose to go down that road when it steals so much from you rendering you null and void of all the beautiful things going on around you.

At times it makes you frustrated to think that while everyone else is checking out the rest of us are left to see, feel and live the realities of life. We are not any different than any one else, except for the fact that we deal with it. 

 Life can punch you pretty damn hard and it has the ability to bend us but we must not give it the power to break us. The truth is you can not get around what you’ve got to go through. No one said life was easy but anything worth keeping is worth working for. Keep your eyes clear and let the body be filled with light and keep going until you find your way home.

 

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Leon Bridges Takes The Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver

all photo credits: Fabrizio Belardetti

Old soul meets new as Leon Bridges rocked the heart of the Commodore Ballroom Tuesday night in Vancouver.

Opening the evening was Kali Uchis Virginia raised, Columbian born singer, songwriter who commands the presence of a new Amy Winehouse. She was a great choice transitioning you from the bustle of Granville Street and encouraging you to leave it all outside.

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With smiles infectious the moment Leon walked on stage it was apparent he was simply meant to be there. This gent of soul, with rhythm and beats flowing in around and through resonated effortlessly with all who came in.

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I looked out over the crowd watching the room bounce with energy washing over all with the roaring hush of his stage presence. It felt a privilege to be a part of this circle of happiness.
Music moves us in many ways and Leon simply makes you feel good and leaves you wondering where does all that come from?
Having learned to play guitar a mere four years ago and securing interest to record with Sony and Niles City Sound in August of 2014 there has hardly been time for him to catch his breath.
Recording straight to tape seems natural allowing you to get what you feel and what you feel with Leon is the real deal.

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With songs born from his humble yet predetermined destination.
He’s been effortlessly winning hearts of music lovers one by one with ‘Coming Home’ which he says “is a simple song about faithfulness” – something the human race could use more of.

Leon Bridges was born with a gift and the ability to shine light on a world that is thirsty for what he has to offer. His refreshing presence is long over due and definitely here to stay.

Our greatest wish for him is that he will always hold on to the sense of joy and wonder that he holds today and continue to rise up and honour his calling.

Leon Bridges ‘take me to your river, I wanna go.’

L E O N   B R I D G E S 

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Leon Bridges Restores Faith

Photo Credit: Rambo

L E O N   B R I D G E S 

Just when all began to feel lost – along came Leon Bridges to lead us to the river of hope offering all thirsty souls a drink of possibility. In a modern day disposable society where anything seems to go and does, he restores faith in the human spirit. Our greatest wish for him is that he will always hold on to that sense of wonder that whispers deeply within, and began with those first steps such a short time ago in August 2014. His fresh presence is long overdue as he imprints on the hearts of  faithfulness.

Catch Leon Bridges in Vancouver Tues Novemeber 3rd 7:00 Commodore Ballroom

I feel like I’m paving out my own path.  People are very positive about what I’m doing and receiving it pretty well. I had one guy who told me “I love what you’re doing, but why don’t you do a little more funk?” And that’s not a bad thing, but that’s just not what I do. I’m more on the smooth side of soul. I’m coming from a Ginuwine and Usher background, slow and smooth songs. And that’s why I really connected to Sam Cooke, because he was just very smooth. It’s not like the James Browne types, which is all great stuff, but he was totally set apart from those guys.

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I had never thought of recording straight to tape before meeting [White Denim guitarist-producer] Austin Jenkins. I just wanted to record and get some songs down. When Austin first met me, he just said, ‘I love your sound, I want to record everything to tape and just really capture that 1950s/1960s sound.” The first session made me realize that this is what I need to do. It was such a good feeling being in the great room with all of the musicians, me and the backup singers in the same room, the musicians playing at the same time. You just really feed off of everybody’s energy and vibe. If you screw up the take, you do it again, you get the take and it’s good.

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