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I first heard Hey Rosetta! about a year ago. I was literally flipping channels probably looking for the hockey game or something and an episode of Flashpoint was just finishing up. This often happens to me when watching a movie or a TV show; I stopped in my tracks and began immediately to seek out what I was hearing. I remember it well because I really struggled with this one for a while. Trying to find out the details on the same night as the episode can often be a challenge. I am not sure how I ended up finding out who it was but in the end I prevailed and figured out I was hearing Psalm by Hey Rosetta! of their 2008 release Into Your Lungs. There is a musical connection to the show Flashpoint as well starring Hugh Dillon. Hugh Dillon was the lead singer of another high energy Canadian band of the past, The Headstones.

LISTEN TO PSALM HERE

hey roThis was one of those CD’s that I immediately fell in love with really enjoying the fullness of sound that the music provides. Once I unwrapped the CD I listened to tracks one and two really enjoying but track three “There’s An Arc” forced me to put on the breaks for a while. I ended up playing this track several times before moving on with the rest of the CD. Since then I have fallen in love with every single track on this fave CD of mine. I found a home made video of There’s An Arc online which I just love and I am sharing with you below. The video does a great job of showing the diversity of instruments and apparent talent that Hey Rosetta! brings to the table. The vocals are spot on, unique and unbelievably pure sounding. You got to love a band that brings a full time violin and cello into the mix as well. Do yourself a favor and listen to the original track below and then move on to the video as well.

LISTEN TO THERE’S AN ARC HERE

I was surprised and happy to found out that Hey Rosetta! is a Canadian band from St. Johns Newfoundland. There’s An Arc from Into Your Lungs is a well deserved Life of Tunes keeper. Buy and listen to this entire CD today.

Artist: Hey Rosetta!
Album: Into Your Lungs (2008)
Track: There’s An Arc
Website:
www.heyrosetta.com

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What a bloody day. Not literally but my day could not have been worse. I woke up and got kicked in the balls twice within the hour. No not literally. I’ll type slower so you can keep up.  Anyway it was not a happy Monday morning and I was feeling like crap about it for the better part of the day. I am dealing with a few issues that are just getting old if you know what I mean; feeling like I am just going round and round in circles. I am sure there is a song in those words but not the song that really gave me what I needed in dealing with the insanity that was my day.

till theThis was serious business and serious for me often has me thinking of Ray Lamontagne. “Empty” of off Till The Sun Turns Black was spot on for how I was feeling today.  As if on cue Ray sings “And of these cut-throat busted sunsets, these cold and damp white mornings, I have grown weary” , putting beautifully into words just exactly I was feeling to be dealing with BS again.

The course of the song seems to take on the course of my day or perhaps the opposite is true. By mid day I am feeling more grounded and ready for battle when I recall some lines at the end of this fitting song, Empty. “Well I looked my demons in the eyes laid bare my chest, said “Do your best, destroy me. You see, I’ve been to hell and back so many times I must admit you kind of bore me.

Now sitting and reflecting on my day reading the lyrics from start to finish they have a totally different meaning for me. The song I am listening to now is about love and loss, the same song. Odd, isn’t how a great song can do that.

Below is a live version of Ray singing Empty from BBC Four Session.  Listen to the studio version of this awesome track here:

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Empty by Ray Lamontagne is a Life of Tunes keeper and just what I needed today.

Artist: Ray Lamontagne
Album: Till The Sun Turns Black (2006)
Track: Empty
Website: www.raylamontagne.com

Those of you who know me well know that I never shut up about Harry Manx. There are several reasons for that first and foremost being the music. I found Harry’s music during the Wise And Otherwise tour at a folk festival in Ottawa, Canada. It was an amazing day, a warm and breezy summer evening in August 2002.  I was walking into the stage area from the parking lot and there was this hush over the crowd. There had to be at least three or four thousand people there but I swear I could hear a pin drop. As I stepped into the opening of the gate Harry Manx was playing “Crazy Love” just at the intro. I was indeed speechless. I’m not saying the guys Bach or anything – it’s just one of those things. His music was speaking to me. I sat down and listened there in awe of the music, the evening and one of life’s little moment’s.

wiseThere is no way I can recreate that experience for you here today. I can suggest that if you ever get a chance to see Harry Manx that you don’t miss it.  You can listen to Crazy Love below. I have also included a little video that will give you some further insight into Harry Manx as well as some more music.

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Harry plays an instrument called a Mohan Veena which is a 20 string modified guitar invented by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. I have also seen him play an assortment of other guitars and banjoes all exceptionally well.

Crazy Love is a Life of Tunes keeper that holds a special place in my musical journey.


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