Recently I had a magic blether with Dave Woods on his radio show "In The Country". We wandered down a few different roads and you can check out the interview below if you want to hear some heartfelt haverin'!
I've had fun over the years playing a variety of cover songs as part of my live performances - songs I wish I'd written and songs I've played so many times it almost feels like I had written them! Certain covers slowly become like old friends through inhabiting the song and experimenting with arrangements. One such song is "Living Years", originally recorded by Mike & The Mechanics. I performed it live at my recent webcast concert below with Justin Abedin and it felt like the song was singing me. There's just something so moving and true about the words and music but it might also have been the fact that we were tuned to A432Hz instead of A440Hz!
Recently a fan came up to me and said he would love to hear me do a cover of a Rob Thomas song. I didn't know the song and was a little skeptical at first but I checked it out and thought, you know he might be right. It was a cool feeling to connect with a song I'd never thought of playing. So that brings me here, asking you to help me "Take Cover". What songs do you think would resonate with me and that I'd do justice to? Let me know by leaving a comment below and I'll consider them all and record as many as I can and post them for you over the summer months. Who knows, I might even play it at my next webcast.
Justin Abedin and I will be performing our entire concert tuned to A=432Hz at my StageIt streaming concert today (Saturday). What the heck does A=432Hz mean I hear you ask? Well I can't remember exactly where I first learned about tuning to A432Hz but it was re-introduced to me at the Victor Wooten music camp I attended in Sept 2012. Victor and his brothers Roy & Reggie talked about the phenomenon of tuning to A432 Hz instead of the industry standard of 8 vibrations per second higher at A440Hz. They had guest guitarist Muriel Anderson demonstrate by playing the same piece in the two different tunings back to back and I could immediately feel a difference. At that point all I could say is A432Hz felt more relaxing. As time went by I came across more information about the history and power of this tuning (research indicates that the ancient Egyptians & Greeks as well as Tibetan monks tuned their instruments to A432Hz.) I finally bought a tuner that would allow me to tune to A432 Hz. and tried it out at a gig recently without telling anyone and I could definitely feel something quite different. Some argue that this ancient tuning seems to be more in "tune" with the rest of nature and the Universe. I know it sounds like big stuff but I guess for me I've begun experimenting with it and it feels really good. I'd love to have you tune in to the StageIt Concert on Saturday @ 4.30pm (EDT), that's 9.30pm (GMT), and get your reaction by joining in the chat room discussion with folks from around the globe. Follow this link to get your tickets for the show.
In the meantime here's some information from a fellow Scot Brian T. Collins if you want to explore more about 432Hz.
I've been on the airwaves over the last few months talking about the gang of songs on "Underneath" and about the life of a songwriter - that would be me. Some great chats I thought you might want to listen in on:
Irons In The Fire on YL Country FM with Anthony Donnelly
In the Studio on CFRB 1010 with Bob Reid & Blair Packham
Fresh Air on CBC Radio with Mary Ito
Looking forward to continuing the conversation around the songs - including some brand new babies and some unreleased gems - at the upcoming virtual House Concert on April 19th at 4:30pm EST at STAGEIT.COM with the fantastic Justin Abedin on electric guitar. We're going to try out some new things. It's a cool experiment of connection across space and timezones and we all create it together. Tickets are PayWhatYouCan with a suggested $5 cover and its a 30 minute show with a 20 minute encore & you can get your tickets here. To give you a taste of what's in store you can check out some video from the last show below and follow this link for more information on how it works. Hope to see you in the chat room on Apr. 19th!
I'd love for you to join us and interact this Sunday for a live streaming concert at StageIt.com @ 3pm EST (8 pm in UK and 7am in Australia the following day.) Let's meet in the music, all in the comfort of your home. Last time we had folks chatting with each other and me and making requests from Scotland, Germany, USA and across Canada. It's a cool experience we all create together. Tickets are PayWhatYouCan with a suggested $5 cover and its a 30 minute show with a 20 minute encore & you can get your tickets here. To give you a taste of what's in store you can check out some video from the last show below and follow this link for more information on how it works. Hope to see you in the chat room on Sunday!