Two New Youtube Videos by Don Beekeeper

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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.

wednesday morning tambourine by Don BeeKeeper

I tell you, nothing beats the feeling of waking up next to your mobile while  bandcamp starts playing the album of your choice. It’s that great freedom of being able to listen to music without having to get up and go to the computer. Today, “wednesday morning tambourine” by Canadian singer/songwriter Don Beekeeper was what I was listening to while cobwebs of sleep slowly disappear. It was dark and everything was peaceful. Don’s harmonica and emotional voice already mimic that caffeine buzz you get from a fresh brewed dark coffee.

Wednesday morning tambourine is an album of full-bodied songs. The songs stay true to their folk/blues roots. My favorite track is Shake the Tambourine. The robust beats that got my toes moving. Lyrically, Don has once again set up a captivating menu of poetry. I find myself visiting his blog: http://donbeekeeper.wordpress.com/  often. This is the place where he posts his poems and short stories. He reminds me of the greats like J.D Salinger and Jack Kerouac.

It’s that place between waking and sleeping that Beekeeper seems to have an impact. I believe his songs are for introverts. Or the romantic poets trapped in time, looking for a doorway into a better place. Even in his angry and saddest songs that defiant air marks most of his performance. And it is that quality that makes you really take his craft seriously. Watch out for Gunslinger. I think it is freakin’ amazing in terms of execution and arrangement. It makes me invent movies in my head.

Wednesday morning tambourine has nine tracks available in bandcamp. Buy the album and support indie music.

Check out more of his tracks here: http://onebeekeeper.bandcamp.com/