I am so passionate about Soundcloud. That is where I hear cool music all the time. That’s where musicians that I respect and admire post their tunes. That’s a place where I love to repost and tweet the uploads of these fantastic artists. So today it’s less talk and more Soundcloud links. These are the musicians that are hot on my list. I hope you enjoy their music as much as I did. And oh, it’s 5 am in the morning here.
Have you ever found someone who says something you meant to say but you couldn’t? Or maybe you were not able to think of saying beforehand? True artists are brave. They are not squeamish to open up a wound and study it in all angles.
For weeks now Don Beekeeper has focused on his writing and posted the audio snippets via his soundcloud. I like this unhurried but passionate side of him. He still writes songs every now and then especially the fantastic cover of The Street OF Laredo.
“Streets of Laredo” a.k.a the “Cowboy’s Lament”, is a famous American cowboyballad in which a dying cowboy tells his story to a living one. Derived from the English folk song “The Unfortunate Rake“, it has become a folk musicstandard, and as such has been performed, recorded and adapted numerous times, with many variations. The title refers to the city of Laredo, Texas.-Wikipedia
Don breathes new life into this traditional song and added his own unique touch. But this post is not really about his tunes but his lyrical talent. His poetry. I think being a true artist is to be fearless. He reads with such candor that makes you believe what he writes about. I don’t trace a sense of ingratiating self-righteous tone there. He reads and writes from the heart. Have you seen his wordpress page? You better. And read the previous issues too because you can find something there that you can relate too.
To be honest I have followed this guy’s career for more than two years now. He always brings something different, be it his style of music, his writing or the way he lives his life. It’s his understanding of human frailty or sadness that’s really hard to find these days. Just listen to this poem Let it End
You know what makes me want to wake up everyday and write a blog? It’s the buzz I get every time a one of a kind singer/songwriter releases an album, a video or a new song. Artists are the life of a blogger. Without them then we don’t have anything to write about. Am I right?
Wednesday Morning Tambourine by Canadian singer/songwriter/poet/writer Don Beekeeper got its official release last June 23. So it is only right to promote the album through a live performance. Don doesn’t tour. He runs a family business which is not music related but proved to be very lucrative. But music and poetry will always be a part of his life and so he writes whenever he has the time. And yes he takes that time alright. His discography goes back to 2011 with the release of Ray. Subsequent EPs and Albums followed. His songs are rooted in the folk/rock/blues tradition with a punk edge.
Shake the Tambourine Baby and The Man Who Fell From Earth are his two new youtube videos. The latter is a song he composed years ago (This song was written 5 or 6 years ago) but only found its spotlight now. The former is a single from his new album Sunday Morning Tambourine. Shake the Tambourine, Baby originally showcases a tambourine and drum sound in the album. Here it is stripped down and raw through his voice and guitar but with a dramatic flare that he is always known for. The Man Who Fell from Earth takes advantage of guitar effects. Don makes it sound sci-fi to enhance the sentiments of the song but really, this is not about aliens. More like a song about alienation.
I am so glad to see Don doing his acoustic performance in youtube again. For those who haven’t heard of him, it is a must. He is Canada’s indie shining star.
Last Saturday’s playlist is here. But due to unfortunate circumstance (the computer did not record my stream) I had to reconstruct the playlist track by track and in order that I played them. So it’s the still same. Only this time you can’t hear my voice.