What Is The Word – November 30, 2014 Edition

Well, it’s been a hectic few months. I’m back to trying to juggle some jobs and make a somewhat regular schedule (i’ve been juggling 3 jobs the past two years). So, I’ve put off some recording and other financial projects. It can take a while to get used to saying ‘no’ to certain things but, you can’t do everything. When i meet musicians, the most interesting thing to me is what jobs they perform to pay the bills. Carpenters, Real Estate agents, Bartenders and more. You’ll hear more about these jobs as you see musicians discuss it more. It’s a new reality for musicians.

For those who may not know, I have a more social side of the internet. My other side is Huskermould. You can find me on most social networks. I only mention this because I discussed this news on the personal social side. I recently invested some money in a local, independent record store (Black Buffalo Records). The question i ask myself is not investing in a store, it’s whether i should’ve invested the money in my art? Whether i thought i should take a bigger chance/risk to believe in my music. I won’t lie, i thought a lot about this. I believe in me but can you or would you put a dollar amount on it? Maybe it’s insurance in case thee music never takes off? Lots of ways to look at it.

 

I have to leave you now but in appreciation for the visit, i leave you with a new song. Enjoy.

 

What Is The Word – April 14, 2013 Edition

Well, looks like we’ve made some headway here at Heartbreak a Stranger HQ. Let’s get you up to date :

 

I’ve added some songs, photos and video to my CBC Music page. You can now listen to all of the Trenton EP as individual songs (Psst, I’ve included some extra tunes. You might want to check it out).

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I have added some merchandise to the merch page. You can buy merchandise at live shows.

In honor of the Chirpify merchandise page, I’m having a contest !!! I’m gonna give away two postcards. Actually, I will mail the postcards to the winners. Pretty simple contest:

  • On my FB feed, there’s a post about the postcard. Share the post on your FB feed and/or put your name in the comment section of the post.
  • If you are using twitter, send me a tweet and use #heartbreakapostcard

That’s it. I’ll make a draw Friday, April 19.

 

In May, I also have a house concert on the Victoria Day long weekend (if you live between Halifax and Truro and want to attend, send me an email and I’ll give you directions) and a Saturday matinee show in Halifax. I’ll post more details as we get closer to the date of the shows.

Trenton EP Stream (and more)

Everything you needed to know about the Trenton EP is now in one post!

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Here is the Trenton Project Crowdfunding Campaign Video :

* You can see the successful Trenton Project Crowdfunding campaign page here.

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Here is the Trenton EP EPK :

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Listen to the Trenton EP :

Song List :

1. Introduction

2. This Town

3. Look In The Mirror

4. A Conversation

5. Your Hometown

6. Lament

7. Arise / Alive

 

Trenton EP – A Guide

The EP starts off with ‘Introduction’. I wanted to lay the groundwork for the EP right away, painting a picture with radio broadcasts I would hear growing up in Trenton. Each news report always seemed a little less positive with each broadcast. Musically, I liked the idea of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Silent Night/7 O’Clock News’ but where S&G are singing a Christmas tune against the news of the day, I wanted more chaos in the background. The opening lyric to ‘This Town’ almost sounds like a call to arms (I’m gonna sing about this town / ’cause no one else does). Love the guitar work from Jason Mingo and the change in the drum tempo from Kev Corbett. I wrote ‘Look In The Mirror’ with the intention of making it sound like a preacher giving a sermon from the pulpit. When times get tough, people look to a higher power for guidance or explanation. The first verse sounds more like a parishioner asking ‘Why?’ but no answers are coming. I’m not a person of faith so I never understood why people would thank someone for good things but never point the finger and say ‘why did YOU do nothing?’. In the last verse I ask the questions. ‘A Conversation’ could be many things : talking to a younger version of yourself, breaking tough news to a friend, coming to terms with a situation. It could be something more. For the feel of the song, I always like the spoken word songs of Lou Reed (‘Beginning Of A Great Adventure’, ‘Last Great American Whale’). For ‘Your Hometown’, I think the first line of the song (let’s go back to your hometown / light one match / burn it all to the ground) pretty much sets the tone for the song. In a sense the town is scorched earth, without the fire. The railway plant buildings are still standing, but if there is nothing happening, does it make a difference? When I finished writing ‘Lament’, I knew this was the big, epic song I wanted for the EP. I knew there had to be one song that outgrew the simple chords. I had the first line (the rails run through my veins / and the forge is the beat of my heart) early and I knew it was something. Something very big. The song demands a large symphonic sound. Every person who had heard the song in the early stages said it was an epic sounding tune. The last song ‘Arise/Alive’ is a bookend song. You always want a strong song to start and end each music project. When I had the all the songs written, I wanted to put the songs in sequence and I knew this would be the last song. It’s a nice ending tune to wrap up the EP. There’s optimism and hope. The cello from Julia Feltham is a nice intro to the song and comes in at the right time during the bridge, while the organ to let the song fade out feels good. The End.