• [Fortune's Favours]

    I had a Brainstorms visitor on my blog the other day, who came courtesy of Glen Engel-Cox, another Brainstormer, who writes the blog Immediacy. I was wandering around Immediacy and came across a recent posting about Dead Can Dance, Dead Can Dance at Strathmore Music Center.

    I’m afraid that I also have to confess to Dead Can Dance as being a “guilty pleasure.” In fact, according to LastFm (AudioScrobbler), they’re my 7th most-listened to artist. Lisa Gerrard does have a fanastic voice. She does the vocals in Now We Are Free, that haunting track from the movie Gladiator, which I also love.

    Of the Dead Can Dance tracks I have, the one that sticks in my mind most lately is Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book, from the album Aion. Firstly, because it has a title which is, I think, rather cryptic, causing me to wonder about its origin and meaning. The second thing is the orchestration, so vivid and so sharp, but so unmodern. The lyrics too are unconventionally philosophical, as so many songs sungs by Brendan Perry are, highlighting the capriciousness of life and Murphy’s Law.

    When you expect whistles it’s flutes
    When you expect flutes it’s whistles

  • [Songs from a Big Place]

    Front cover of Songs from Big Place CD

    As part of a “Secret Santa” project in my research group, we were asked to purchase generic gifts for people. As I’m the only Canadian amongst mostly Mexican and British researchers, I opted to make a Canadian mix collection expressing some things quintessionally Canadian and Ein. The actual CD features an artistically produced booklet on peach banana-fiber paper with original artwork. I’ve included the liner notes accompanying the songs below the list.

    Back cover of Songs from Big Place CD

    1. Ride Forever by Paul Gross on the album Due South
    2. The Last Saskachewan Pirate by The Arrogant Worms on the album Semi-Conducted
    3. River Valley by Moxy Früvous on the album Bargainville
    4. North Country by The Rankin Family on the album Collection
    5. Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot on the album Complete Greatest Hits
    6. Song For A Winter’s Night by Sarah McLachlan on the album Women & Songs: Christmas
    7. Go Go Round by Blue Rodeo on the album Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot
    8. Go For Soda by Kim Mitchell on the album Oh What A Feeling 2 (Disc 3)
    9. Fly at Night by Chilliwack on the album Greatest Hits
    10. We’re Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time) by Trooper on the album Oh What A Feeling 2 (Disc 2)
    11. Hina Na Ho (Celebration) by Susan Aglukark on the album This Child
    12. I Can See Clearly Now by Holly Cole Trio on the album Don’t Smoke in Bed
    13. Raised on Robbery by Joni Mitchell on the album Court and Spark
    14. Moorlough Shore by Caroline Lavelle on the album Spirit
    15. Boston and St. John’s by Great Big Sea on the album Road Rage
    16. Water From the Moon by Corey Hart on the album Boy in the Box
    17. Be As by Prozzäk on the album Saturday People
    18. Thin Red Line by Glass Tiger on the album The Thin Red Line
    19. Lovers in a Dangerous Time (remix) by Barenaked Ladies on the album Time 100 – Volume 2 (Disc 2)

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