The Palestinian Tatreez designs sewn by Paula for Moments of Silence( UNRWA Gaza Relief Fund )

 The Palestinian Tatreez designs sewn by Paula

Passion is an adventurous creature. It takes you to places. For example, I know of Paula as a musician. The knowledge that she teaches as a profession came later. Then there’s this other thing she does in her free time. She has stitches and sends them framed to friends as gifts. They’re beautiful and creations. Then, somehow she that with her music. And it is not hard to imagine now, as she has not lonely contributed a track to Moments of Silence ( A compilation album to raise money for the UNRWA Gaza Relief Fund ). She has just completed framed pieces of her works, the Palestinian Tatreez designs. The proceeds (along with her music track Feeling Free ) will go to Moments of Silence fundraising campaign.

She posted this on her Facebook page as of today: Hi everyone, here is the information about the Palestinian Tatreez piece on sale to raise money for the UNRWA Gaza Relief Fund. The price is £75.00 and all money raised after framing costs will be donated. Postage and packing extra, quotes can be given. Please help spread the word and pm the MOS page or myself if you are interested. Thank you, Paula

Pictures by Karen Gavin




Moments of Silence is a diverse community of ambient music artists from around the globe whose mission is to raise funds for children affected by war.

The atrocities of Israel bombing the Gaza Strip in recent days has shocked everyone on a global scale. The death-toll is rising and many souls, including children, are falling.

“Moments of Silence” is a charity compilation organized by Brad Zacharias (Carbon Sigma) where talented ambient artists throughout the world have submitted a track to help relieve the tension of innocents affected by this Israeli strife in Gaza, though the UNRWA.


For more information about the UNRWA, please visit

Families devastated by heavy shelling and violence in Gaza are in urgent need of safe drinking water and food. And as always, children are suffering most. Our aim is to help raise support for the rebuilding of schools and provide clean drinking water. With your support, every little counts. #SaveGaza #ChildrenOfGaza #UNRWA
released 23 September 2014


Blast from the Past: Boys Don’t Cry by The Cure!
What’s your favourite 80s track? Mine is Boys Don’t Cry by The Cure. There is something sweet and mopey about it. Well, it is kind of mopey. Great tune to start the week as you look at WORK and think of it as a four-letter word.



Rockadelic If I Had Your Love by The Marwills.

Toronto based band The Marwills will release a new single called If I Had Your Love on November 20. Ohhh the swagger and the dripping sensuality of the song! This reminds me of those funkadelic songs from Cream and the oozing testosterone energy of Led Zeppelin  The bluesy classic rock style is definitely going to put them on the map as more and more listeners are getting tired of the same ol same ol adult alternative tunes that saturate the airwaves and the internet. And that Brett Bonnie guy has a kind of voice that can stop a traffic!It is time for a revolution. And that revolution is The Marwills.


Marwill Street by The Marwills

Album: “Marwill Street”

Band: “The Marwills”capture-20130131-060003-crop

Independently released Dec. 28, 2012
All songs by The Marwills
Album written, performed, recorded, mastered, and manufactured in Canada


Vocals: Brett Bonvie
Guitars: Jesse Morrissey & Graeme McGillivray
Drums: James Law
Bass: Adam Stevens
Backup Vocals: Danielle Knibbe
Saxophones: Savic Panylyk
Trumpet: Sean White
Trombone: Matt White

Recorded at The Root Cellar Toronto, ON.
Tracks 2&7 recorded at OIART, London, ON.

Mixing Engineer: James Law
Mastering Engineer: Sam Ibbett
Produced by: The Marwills
Artwork and Graphic Design: Cameron La Fave

Album tracks: 1.Two Hearts 2. Don’t Cry 3. Tell Me Doctor 4. Let Me Know 5. Burn Down Easy 6. Guns In Texas 7. Wheelhouse Grind 8.Wicked Woman 9. Moonshine Hill 10. Empty Road.

There is something raw and visceral about the album Marwill Street by Canadian rockers The Marwills. Perhaps it’s the allusion to the rock greats like The Rolling Stones,  The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and even 10 CC that make their sound incendiary. From the start of the first track Two Hearts, Brett Bonvie surely delivers gut wrenching emotional psychedelia that can even take the crown from veteran bands like Cream. It’s just a matter of time before the public will ignite their music  into the stratosphere of rock iconography. The music characteristic is generally  of pulsing nature interspersed by smashing melodic guitars. But they also add a bit of spaces for the sound to breath and even introducing nuance which is something you can’t find in present day rock bands.

I am not surprised by their serious musicality. Members have their own musical side projects dabbling with other genres. I can imagine that if they’d been around in my college years, my friends who were music snubs at that time would go crazy because this is what real musicians should sound like. Well at least that’s how I imagine them thinking at that time. But if you ask my opinion? I’d think the same way.

The band has this constant sound throughout the album whither they are playing fast, syncopated or slow tracks. That consistency is perhaps the result of skill and technique I guess. Classical musicians have this. You can really tell if a sound is tightly woven but played with light fingers possessed by virtuoso players. It is hard to tell which one is my favorite. If I take all the tracks apart and compare them it would be impossible because each one has its own shining moment. Take for instance track four called Let Me Know. That bass part swagger like an aristocratic debonaire and everything just follows.

Burn Down Easy is one of their heavily played song which is the band’s single. A music video of that single is now available via youtube. And though this is an amazing track, it is just a teaser to the full potential that awaits when you listen to the album.

Now let’s go into lyrical content.

I admit I am a bad reviewer of lyrical content because my fascination or ability is with sound. But I still have to because you people out there are not like me. And perhaps you would be drawn to bands that don’t put out songs like “oh baby baby I love you yeah yeah.” Well, subjects covered by The Marwills are existentialist angst(Tell Me Doctor), pathological relationships (Two Hearts), illicit sex(Don’t Cry) and politics (Guns in Texas) among other things. Now if you are curious like me, then browsing through the band’s Bio should give you a clue. ” But we held on today and we jumped to my Camaro and tomorrow never came” will give you an idea whose experience this song refers to. But then again, good songwriters can still create a scenarios that seem autobiographical and they’re so good you think it’s real.

I think anyone who is into intelligent rock should get this album. I mean if you believe you have a kind of mature and sophisticated taste for rock of the classic kind then Marwill Street will appeal to you. Listen more by visiting their official site:

Video/song sample


Middle of the Week Music Special

Album Review: Bern and the Brights.

Members: Bernadette Malavarca, Catherine McGowan, Shawn Fafara, Jose Ulloa

Influences: The Frames, Broken Social Scene, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Led Zepplin, The Clash, Apostle of Hustle, The National

From: Montclair, NJ

They describe their music as: Danceable, romantic, nerd-rock.

Ben and the Brights released a beautiful collection of songs that span different shades of modern rock. Listening to Work the first time, my thought was oh this sounds like No Doubt. After repeated playback I said, naaah, there are bits of The Pretenders and The Sundays there. After the third I think they sound better than No Doubt.

The artwork shows a Woman(Could be Catherine or Bernadette since both women are brunettes) working on what appears to be electrical wirings. Somehow the image  reminds me of  Marie Curie. Slave Driver opens the EP with its melodic tribute to ska. The vocal harmonies are icing on cake. As you go further into War & Games, the atmosphere builds up into 80’s post punk with that feel good theme. I am not a lyrics guy so I don’t care if she is singing about a cereal commercial but this is one hell of a catchy song! The arrangement and clever use of effects are winners. Not swaying like crazy yet? Wait until you hear I see Red. The drums and bass parts are like slices of blue berry cheese cake. The festive brass parts flash in and out leaving you with quieter guitar moments only to build up into sonic confetti.

The moment you reach Sick of Seeing You, Work has already established itself as an important part of your collection. The track Irish Boys makes me smile. It has that kind of “wink at ya” appeal. I love the strong vocals. Makes you think that Catherine has been singing for years. I wish the band would never change their kind of guitar playing. I love that sound. Just the right combination. Not too harsh and not too sweet.

As Long as I’m Alive is a song that says” get up and start jumping all over the room”. Damn, that beat and instruments are irresistible. It makes you think is the kind of song Katrina and the Waves would perform. It seems the term save the best for last applies here. Thieves, Creeps and  Automatons is the best track in the entire EP. When she sings “They’re gonna find you, they’re gonna bound you, they’re gonna seal you…. away, you can almost believe that Bern & the Brightsare going to redeem the spirit of New Wave.

Everything about Work shines, soars and detoxifies. This is a perfect remedy for cynicism. The guys in this band are probably just reminding us that inner joy is still present no matter how many bullets and arrows you have injured through life.

Bern and the Brights: The Magic Tea

More info can be found in the following:


Hey Zac Leger!

A certain Zac Leger who lives in Los Angeles caught my attention in soundcloud.He plays the bouzouki. I noticed he has no links to his other sites. It made me more curious. I sent him a message and we will see how it goes. His style of playing in really interesting. I get the feeling that he is a music instructor. At the start of the track he explains the chords. He plays in a kind of way that builds up into a forceful chorus with thundering strums. I see him in my mind’s eye closing his eyes and moving his head to the sound just like I do.