Rick Keene Music Scene – David Myles; Real Love

Pop music ain’t what it used to be …

 

 

David Myles is doing something about it. Combining old school thoughts with new school riffs without duplicating anything. Easy right? Make people dance right?

 

 

Please listen below as David talks about the new album and how he came up with the idea to go backwards – musically. 

 

 

David? What’s up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Sheldon Kagan; A Success Story. Part Four

Imagine telling your Mom; ‘I’m moving out!’ (when you are fifteen years of age?)

 

Imagine the reaction of your parents even if you have a full time job? Imagine the reaction if you only have a couple of events planned at $25.00 each?

Welcome to the start of Sheldon Kagan’s career as a mobile disc jockey. A career that has spanned over fifty years and made Sheldon one of Montreal’s most successful promoters. One of Montreal’s greatest entertainers.

 

 

Please listen below to part four of Sheldon’s story. A great foray into the life of a fascinating man.

Sheldon? What’s up?

 

 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Song for Markov, The ‘Mooch’ and Jack Black Recites Carl Sandburg

Everyone needs a break once in a while. Noise pollution is not good for the musical soul.  

 

 

Please enjoy some real tunes in the meantime. Rick Keene Music Scene will be back before you can say Andrei Markov !

 

 

 

Listen to my interview with Lawrence Gowan of Styx below !

 

 

 

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The League of Rock Montreal – Showcasing Enters a Different Level !

 Johnny was a schoolboy when he heard his first Beatle song,

‘Love me do,’ I think it was. From there it didn’t take him long.
Got himself a guitar, used to play every night,
Now he’s in a rock ‘n’ roll outfit,

And everything’s all right, don’t you know?

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Johnny told his mama, hey, ‘Mama, I’m goin’ away. I’m gonna hit the big time, gonna be a big star someday’, Yeah.

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Mama came to the door with a teardrop in her eye

Johnny said, ‘Don’t cry, mama, smile and wave good-bye’.

709x1280-league-of-rock-showcase2-413Don’t you know, yeah yeah, Don’t you know that you are a shooting star,
Don’t you know, don’t you know. Don’t you know that you are
a shooting star, And all the world will love you just as long,
As long as you are.

 

Johnny made a record, Went straight up to number one,
Suddenly everyone loved to hear him sing the song.
Watching the world go by, surprising it goes so fast.
Johnny looked around him and said, ‘Well, I made the big time at last’.

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Don’t you know, don’t you know, Don’t you know that you are

a shooting star,
Don’t you know, oh, yeah, Don’t you know that you are
a shooting star, yeah,
And all the world will love you just as long,
As long as you are, a shooting star.

981x1280-league-of-rock-showcase2-416Don’t you know that you are a shooting star, Don’t you know, yeah,
Don’t you know that you are a shooting star,
And all the world will love you just as long, As long you are you.

Johnny died one night, died in his bed, Bottle of whiskey,
sleeping tablets by his head. Johnny’s life passed him by like a
warm summer day, If you listen to the wind you can still hear him play

 

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Oh oh oh, Don’t you know that you are a shooting star,

Don’t you know, yeah, don’t you know’, Don’t you know that
you are a shooting star,
Don’t you know, yeah,
Don’t you know that you are a shooting star,
Don’t you, don’t you,
don’t you, don’t you,
Don’t you know, don’t you
know, oh, yeah, you are,
Yeah, a shooting star, yeah, oh
oh oh oh oh……
Don’t you, don’t you know
that you are a shooting star,
Don’t you don’t you know……

from Shooting Star – lyrics and song by Paul Rodgers

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He rocked his way through yesterday, lord he thought he had a chance
He played guitar and wrote some tunes, of love and romance
He did his share of travelin’, like a dog without a home
A fugitive who would rather give, a star that never shone

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Isn’t it a pity, isn’t it a shame
No one ever warned the boy

Rock n’ roll is a vicious game, oh yeah

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He said he wouldn’t get led around, or caught up in the games
Or end up in a gallery, of faces with no names
And rock ‘n’ roll was in his soul, and music was a friend
He recorded a song that made us sing along, and he was on the road again

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Isn’t it a pity, isn’t it a shame

No one ever warned the boy

Rock n’ roll is a vicious game, oh oh, oh yeah, oh oh

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                  Stage fright, ooh, and long black.                 limousines

He’s pushing himself a way too hard, or so it seems

He opened up his heart to us, he gave us what he could

We sympathized and harmonized, he made us all feel good

But it’s funny how those things can change, and time can pass us by

Songs that moved us so easily, no longer make us cry

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Now isn’t it a pity, isn’t it a shame
No one ever warned the boy

Rock n’ roll is a vicious game, oh oh, oh
Oh yeah, oh, oh oh oh, oh, yeah, yeah yeah yeah
My my my, rock ‘n roll is a vicious game, yeah
Rock ‘n’ roll, rock ‘n’ roll, yeah, yeah, yeah, ooh

Rock n Roll is a Vicous Game

SONGWRITER
MYLES FRANCIS GOODWYN

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If I could stick my pen in my heart

And spill it all over the stage
Would it satisfy ya, would it slide on by ya
Would you think the boy is strange? Ain’t he strange?
If I could win ya, if I could sing ya
A love song so divine
Would it be enough for your cheating heart
If I broke down and cried? If I cried?

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I said I know it’s only rock ‘n roll but I like it
I know it’s only rock ‘n roll but I like it, like it, yes, I do
Oh, well, I like it, I like it, I like it

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I said can’t you see that this old boy has been a lonely?

If I could stick a knife in my heart
Suicide right on stage
Would it be enough for your teenage lust
Would it help to ease the pain? Ease your brain?
If I could dig down deep in my heart
Feelings would flood on the page
Would it satisfy ya, would it slide on by ya
Would ya think the boy’s insane? He’s insane

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I said I know it’s only rock ‘n roll but I like it
I said I know it’s only rock’n roll but I like it, like it, yes, I do
Oh, well, I like it, I like it, I like it

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I said can’t you see that this old boy has been a lonely?
And do ya think that you’re the only girl around?
I bet you think that you’re the only woman in town

I said I know it’s only rock ‘n roll but I like it
I said I know it’s only rock ‘n roll but I like it
I said I know it’s only rock ‘n roll but I like it, like it, yes, I do
Oh, well, I like it, I like it. I like it..

Its Only Rock n Roll ( But I Like It)

– Music and lyrics Mick Jagger / Keith Richards

 

Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 30th at

Le Bier Mrkt

See You There !

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Barbra Lica Is ‘ Still Learning’. A Great Thing for Music Lovers of All Genres. Full Two Part Interview

Once upon a time, there were four categories of music to play if you wanted to reach radio stardom

Rock, Country, Jazz and Blues.

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There were other genres such as Classical and Opera yet face it, the stars of the latter ( minus a handful) did not reach the same global popularity as the stars of the first four genres.

Somewhere along the way, music became more complicated. World sounds entered the fray as television and radio reached the far corners of the globe. Musicians starting adding sounds and rhythms to their repertoires. As quick as the Joker was on the sideline in a cast,  many sub-genres emerged.

Competition became fierce as record labels and  store owners scampered to label and sell as much music as possible. Sadly – making a living as a musician became more difficult if ‘ the rules ‘ were not followed.

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Singer / songwriter Barbra Lica  (inadvertently) is changing all the rules.

Her third album has a catalog of yesterday combined with the freshness of today. A musical trip without ‘tripping’ over politically correct labeling. A welcome relief for any music fan as the auditory senses bask in the rays of song.

 Please, listen below as Barbra speaks of the great musicians who helped her create the album …

I’m Still Learning’.

Barbra? What’s Up?

 

Visit Barbra Here !

 

 

  Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 30th at

Le Bier Mrkt

See You There !

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Visit The League of Rock Here!

 Visit Evenko Here !

 

 

 

 

Barbra Lica Is ‘ Still Learning’. A Great Thing for Music Lovers of All Genres.

Once upon a time, there were four categories of music to play if you wanted to reach radio stardom

Rock, Country, Jazz and Blues.

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There were other genres such as Classical and Opera yet face it, the stars of the latter ( minus a handful) did not reach the same global popularity as the stars of the first four genres.

Somewhere along the way, music became more complicated. World sounds entered the fray as television and radio reached the far corners of the globe. Musicians starting adding sounds and rhythms to their repertoires. As quick as the Joker was on the sideline in a cast,  many sub-genres emerged.

Competition became fierce as record labels and  store owners scampered to label and sell as much music as possible. Sadly – making a living as a musician became more difficult if ‘ the rules ‘ were not followed.

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Singer / songwriter Barbra Lica (inadvertently) is changing all the rules.

Her third album ‘ I’m Still Learning ‘ has a catalog of yesterday combined with the freshness of today. A musical trip without ‘tripping’ over politically correct labeling. A welcome relief for any music fan as the auditory senses bask in the rays of song.

 Please, listen below as Barbra speaks of her latest album and the diversity within.

Barbra? What’s Up?

 

Visit Barbra Here !

 

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  Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 30th at

Le Bier Mrkt

See You There !

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Visit The League of Rock Here!

 Visit Evenko Here !

 

Visit The Hi – Fins Here !

 

 

Jonas’ Massive November 25th Christmas Party!

Jonas Tomalty was not the best behaved high school student.

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Having a Father as a teacher kept things interesting. Having a Father in his own high school made things trickier. Add all this to the fact his Mom was a guidance councilor, well – it’s no wonder Jonas became a Rock n Roll rebel …

Please listen below as Jonas explains high school as well as the roots of the relationship between himself and guitarist Corey Diabo. 

Jonas also speaks of his upcoming Christmas show on November 25th at Club Soda. 

Jonas? What’s Up ?

 

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Visit Rock the Cause Here

  Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 30th at

Le Bier Mrkt

See You There !

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Visit The League of Rock Here!

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Visit The Hi – Fins Here !

 

 

A Must Listen as Junkyard Villain Rocks The Cause ! Saturday November 19th. Be There or Be Square!

Canadians are a friendly bunch.

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A place where citizens practice apologies rather than hate. Slap-shots in lieu of slander. Snowball fights instead of ignorance.

In short – Canadians are kind, helpful and giving. You know … polite.

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If there is one Canadian who exemplifies what it is to be Canadian, it is The Junkyard Villain. 

What’s that? Junkyard Villain? Is this a professional wrestler who seduces with his flashy smile and quick hands? A friendly hulk of a man who then proceeds to smash his victims into a bleeding mass of humanity? Not quite.

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Junkyard Villain has an alter ego.

 Junkyard Villain is Percy Hart. A fun loving type of guy with a heart of gold. Percy – in recent years, has realized two things. One, life is too short not to give back and two; music is a good thing with enormous healing powers. 

Please listen below as Percy aka Junkyard Villain – explains his first album and his involvement in this weekend’s

6th Annual Rock The Cause. 

Perc … er I mean Junkyard Villain …What’s Happening?

 

Visit Rock the Cause Here !

 

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  Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 16th at

Calistoga Grill Pte Caire

See You There !

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Visit The League of Rock Here!

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Delfeayo Marsalis – Making America Great Again ! Part Three.

 Delfeayo Marsalis comes from Jazz royalty.

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The Marsalis clan are considered to be building blocks and messengers for the great tradition of New Orleans music. Carrying the torch and integrity of  great American Jazz.

Delfeayo Marsalis, perhaps more than his brothers Wynton and Branford, or – in a different way, is educating  the folks in real time. Adorning the American landscape with words and music, profound in history and poignant at a time when America is wounded.

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Please listen below to part three of my chat as Delfeayo explains Jazz in New Orleans and the message of pure spiritual sounds which are integral to the past and future of great music in America and around the world.

Delfeayo? What’s Up?

 

 

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The League of Rock Montreal – Showcasing One Month of Hard Work !

 

Well – to coin the name of a recent video title, this is it …

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The League of Rock Montreal, following four weeks of rehearsals, is showcasing the results on November 2nd at McKibbons West Island.

The first step towards the bands recording their songs on to CD at a professional studio in Showcase Number One. 

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It has been an interesting journey thus far. All these musical men and woman meeting for the first time a month ago. Drummers, singers, bass players, guitar players and a keyboardist. Each with specific styles. Each with different tastes in music. Each with one goal. To learn, grow and become better musicians.

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On November 2nd, the results will be known to each performer. They will discover, how much they have improved and – how much they have not. So far, they have been practicing in a studio with their backs to where the audience will be on Tuesday. On the second day in November, they’ll be performing on stage. A different animal. A completely different ‘tune’.

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Thankfully, the groups have had some help along the way.

Montreal chapter president Gary Johnston has not only ‘ barked’ instructions to the would be ‘rock stars’ , he has also recruited some very knowledgeable musicians to encourage and teach the League of Rock bands.

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In order, Brian Greenway ( April Wine), Corey Diabo ( Jonas and The Massive Attraction), Warwick artist Simon Daigle and Roy Nichol (April Wine) have ‘lent’ their experience to the aspiring musicians.

Last Wednesday, Roy Nichol ( above picture) was very instrumental in shaping a somewhat anxious bunch of previous ‘clay’ into magnificent sculptures of Rock.

The current April Wine drummer – explaining things that only an experienced musician could. Initiating talks on how a successful band operates. Something not known to the ‘naked ear’.  After all, most fans of any type of music, show up and enjoy the show. Not much thought is put into the behind-the-scenes work and discipline required to make a functioning band function.

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The interesting thing about the four bands participating in The League of Rock Montreal is the short period of time they had to choose three songs and tighten them into form.

Remember, not everyone in each band may like a song choice. Not everyone in each band knew the chosen song  a month ago. This is where the League of Rock coaches helped.

Nichol, last week, explaining to a vocalist, not to ‘read the words’. Explaining how the vocalist rides the foundation of a song which is led by a drummer ( usually) . Trusting the musicians and learning to ride the wave.

Once the bands became aware that even experienced musicians must shove trepidation to the side, it facilitated the process for The League of Rock bands and aided in the transformation  of creating a full sound . A tight sound. A cohesive sound. A unit …

The League of Rock coaches ease the nerves. The League of Rock coaches simplify things.

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Wednesday Nov. 2nd at McKibbons Pointe Claire will be a test. A test of nerves, an exam of technique and a result to head back to the studio with to work on. New knowledge to return to the studio and  tamper and fiddle with anything or everything that went wrong.

Step one to becoming a working band. 

Visit The League of Rock Here!

Visit McKibbons Here !

 

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Delfeayo Marsalis – Making America Great Again ! Part Two.

 Delfeayo Marsalis comes from Jazz royalty.

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The Marsalis clan are considered to be building blocks and messengers for the great tradition of New Orleans music. Carrying the torch and integrity of  great American Jazz.

Delfeayo Marsalis, perhaps more than his brothers Wynton and Branford, or – in a different way, is educating  the folks in real time. Adorning the American landscape with words and music, profound in history and poignant at a time when America is wounded.

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Please listen below to part two of my chat as Delfeayo explains Jazz in New Orleans and the message of pure spiritual sounds which are integral to the past and future of great music in America and around the world.

Delfeayo? What’s Up?

 

 

Stay Tuned for Part Three !

Visit Delfeayo Here !

 

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Visit The League of Rock Here!

 Visit Evenko Here !

Visit The Hi – Fins Here !

Visit Cliff Here !
Visit Cliff Here !

 

 

Delfeayo Marsalis – Making America Great Again ! Part One.

 Delfeayo Marsalis comes from Jazz royalty.

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The Marsalis clan are considered to be building blocks and messengers for the great tradition of New Orleans music. Carrying the torch and integrity of  great American Jazz.

Delfeayo Marsalis, perhaps more than his brothers Wynton and Branford, or – in a different way, is educating  the folks in real time. Adorning the American landscape with words and music, profound in history and poignant at a time when America is wounded.

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Please listen below to part one of my chat as Delfeayo explains Jazz in New Orleans and the message of pure spiritual sounds which are integral to the past and future of great music in America and around the world.

Delfeayo? What’s Up?

 

Stay Tuned for Part Two !

Visit Delfeayo Here !

 

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Visit The League of Rock Here!

 Visit Evenko Here !

Visit The Hi – Fins Here !

Visit Cliff Here !
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Guitarist Cameron Mizell – Filling Up The ‘Negative Spaces’. Part Two

 A Blues Saxophone player once told the tale of playing alongside legendary harp player James Cotton in Chicago.

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On stage, during a tune, the saxophonist leaned over and asked Cotton how he was doing. The band was tight and judging by the reaction of the crowd, the groove was happening.

Cotton spoke into his ear two words which altered the Sax player’s life in music;

Empty Spaces.

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Guitarist Cameron Mizell takes those words and elevates them into the stratosphere in his new album; Negative Spaces.

Imagining other worlds within the empty spaces as the origins of magical and inspiring notes. A level of conscientiousness both grounded and otherworldly. A record worthy of critical and mass praise from musical souls.

Please listen to Part Two as Cameron completes a journey into the world of

Negative Spaces.

Cameron?

 

Visit Cameron Here !

 

 

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Guitarist Cameron Mizell – Filling Up The ‘Negative Spaces’. Part One

 

 

A Blues Saxophone player once told the tale of playing alongside legendary harp player James Cotton in Chicago.

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On stage, during a tune, the saxophonist leaned over and asked Cotton how he was doing. The band was tight and judging by the reaction of the crowd, the groove was happening.

Cotton spoke into his ear two words which altered the Sax player’s life in music;

Empty Spaces.

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Guitarist Cameron Mizell takes those words and elevates them into the stratosphere in his new album; Negative Spaces.

Imagining other worlds within the empty spaces as the origins of magical and inspiring notes. A level of conscientiousness both grounded and otherworldly. A record worthy of critical and mass praise from musical souls.

Please listen to Part One as Cameron commences a journey into the world of

Negative Spaces.

Cameron?

Visit Cameron Here !

 

 

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Visit The League of Rock Here!

 

 Visit Evenko Here !

 

 

Visit The Hi – Fins Here !

 

 

Kanawake’s Star Guitar Player Lends His Talent to The League of Rock Montreal !

The League of Rock attracts stars. 

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Local musicians like Corey Diabo who have made their mark globally through talent and hard work. Diabo, a Kanawake native, stopped by The League of Rock Montreal last week and lent twenty years of knowledge to the musicians who aspire to greatness at

The League of Rock Montreal. 

Brian Greenway of April Wine fame has lent his talents and so has Sylvain Daigle – Montreal’s premiere Bass player who has worked with Ron Carter and Victor Wooten. 

Three coaches who have had success and know what to pass on to the ‘ students’ at The League of Rock Montreal.

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A real thrill for the bands at League of Rock to get a fix of what it’s like to reach another level. A plateau that takes dedication and talent.

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Eager and willing to obtain the next step in their musical careers.

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Please listen below to Part Three of my chat with Corey Diabo.

He’ll let us into his thoughts of what it was like coaching guys ( and gal )  – who, just like Corey was at one time in his life; talented and hungry !

The League of Rock Montreal. Making dreams come true …

Corey? What’s Up?

 

 

Visit Jonas and The Massive Attraction Here !

 

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Visit The League of Rock Here!

 

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Corey Diabo Talks Chuck Berry and His Partner-in-Crime ; Jonas.

The League of Rock attracts stars. 

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Local musicians who have struck ‘the big time’ in one way or another, lend their skills, experience and know-how to

The League of Rock. 

Last Wednesday, it was Corey Diabo of Jonas and the Massive Attraction fame who stopped by. The week before – Brian Greenway of April Wine; the flavor of the moment.

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A real thrill for the bands at League of Rock to get a fix of what it’s like to reach another level. A plateau that takes hard work, dedication and talent. The League of Rockers? Eager and willing to obtain the next step in their musical careers.

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Please listen below to Part Two of my chat with Corey Diabo.

He’ll let us into his musical mindset concerning Chuck Berry and his partner-in-crime; Jonas Tomalty. 

 Stay tuned for Part Three – he explains his participation at

The League of Rock Montreal.

Corey?

 

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Visit The League of Rock Here!

 

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Corey Diabo’s ‘ Massive Attraction ‘ to The League of Rock Montreal ! Part One.

The League of Rock attracts stars. 

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Local musicians who have struck ‘the big time’ in one way or another, lend their skills, experience and know-how to

The League of Rock. 

Last Wednesday, it was Corey Diabo of Jonas and the Massive Attraction fame who stopped by. The week before – Brian Greenway of April Wine; the flavor of the moment.

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A real thrill for the bands at League of Rock to get a fix of what it’s like to reach another level. A plateau that takes hard work, dedication and talent. The League of Rockers? Eager and willing to obtain the next step in their musical careers.

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Please listen below to Part One of my chat with Corey Diabo.

He’ll let us into his musical background and in Part Two – explain his participation at

The League of Rock Montreal.

Corey?

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Visit The League of Rock Here!

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Visit The Hi – Fins Here !

 

 

Guitarist ‘Franciso Pais’ Blends Blues and Rock Influences Into Jazz

Portugal has a great music scene. 

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Guitarist Francisco Pais did not abandon his country of birth and move to Boston, Ma. for lack of music. Or – did he ?

Please listen below as Francisco explains his life thus far, his guitar influences and the thinking behind his new album ; Verde. 

Stay tuned for Part Two of my chat ! 

 Thanks for Listening !

 

 

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Visit Dwane Dixon Blues Here and Buy the New Album;

Working Man Blues

 

 

 

Singer and Pianist Daniela Schachter Suffers a ‘ Vanheusinism’ With Latest Record

Sometimes we hear music composed by a name we do not know. That music is adored globally, wins awards and yet the composer goes relatively unnoticed in everyday life.

Such is the case with Jimmy Van Heusen.

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Van Heusen was instrumental ( no pun intended) in the career of Frank Sinatra. Penning ( among other songs) ‘Come Fly with Me’, a huge success for Ol’ Blue Eyes.

Enter Daniela Schachter.

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Like most of us, Daniela enjoyed and even played Van Heusen’s tunes without really knowing much about the four time Oscar winning composer. Like most of us – Daniela was intrigued and dove straight into Van heusen’s vast catalogue.

The result?

The new album; Vanheusenism

Please listen below as Daniela explains the album and educates us on the music of

Jimmy Van Heusen.

Thanks for Listening !

Talk Soon !

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Sign Up for The League of Rock Here and Receive a $150.00 discount !

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Working Man Blues

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‘Tragically’ … Hip. A Farewell to Gord Downie.

What could possibly be be going through Gord Downie’s diseased head tonight as he prepares to take his final curtain call as the frontman for Canada in front of the ‘ home crowd’ ?

Downie – and his band, The Tragically Hip, are closing out a career prematurely due to Downie’s incurable brain cancer. The show ( broadcast nationwide at 8:30pm est on CBC)  will be the final performance by the band as a unit. It will not be the final time fans can enjoy the music of the band live.

Thanks to  video, YouTube and other recording formats, Gord Downie, his mates and the music will live on. This is the beauty to go along with the ugliness of the human condition. Of life.

Much like another Gord ( known affectionately as Mr. Hockey), Gord Downie exemplifies Canada. Through his toughness of dealing with a sickness which will leave a family fatherless and a nation without a conscience, his ability to touch souls no matter the language, Gord Downie will exit stage left as a Canadian hero.

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Many ‘ common folk ‘ die with no fanfare. Celebrity tends to magnify and elevate problems into deity-like levels. Every life should be televised in it’s final episode. Every life is as important as the next. Every existence matters on some level. 

Aside from the lyrics and the music which propelled  ‘Canadiana’ to not only Canadians, what separates Downie is –  his ‘Canadiana’. Unlike other Canadian music stars, Downie remained Canadian through and through. The Guess Who and Rush, Canada’s two main global exports – consciously or unconsciously, sold out. Reaching and appealing to Global audiences through trends, lyrics and marketing.

Planned or not – Downie and The Hip stayed indoors. Their only excursion outside during the cold winter months to the local hockey rink or the local bar. As Canadian as Maple Syrup. As syrupy as a Molson Canadian.

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Over the years, throughout history in every aspect of life. In  politics, science and art, it has been and always will be the true Canadians which endear to the nation’s conscience. Hockey’s Gretzky.  A treasure – loved and owned by all Canadians pales in comparison to The Rocket and Mr. Hockey.  Gretzky ‘lost an edge’ when he went to Los Angeles. Somehow, deep inside, regardless of the records and without fanfare or public humiliation – Gretzky became non Canadian to many. In contrast, playing most of his career outside of Canadian borders, Howe remained Canadian because he played like a Canadian. Fighting, scoring, leading and overcoming odds to play into his 60’s. Howe was tough and played the game like a true patriotic citizen no matter where he was.

Because of this, Howe was approachable in the eyes of Canadians. Just like Gord Downie. 

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Where Neil Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson attained God – like status and became people who were unapproachable in people’s minds, Downie is the guy at the end of the bar eating beer nuts. The smart guy whose ‘poetic’ advice was obtained through hours of talking with everyman during intermissions. Relaying the words and thoughts of doctors, machine operators and Zamboni drivers to the masses. Gord Downie educated ( scored ) with elbows up and in the corners fighting for the puck. Identifiable Canadian. 

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister – overcame all critics and inexperience to become Prime Minister for one reason. He was more Canadian than Stephen Harper.  Terry Fox lives on and gains God like status while Rick Hansen remains Rick Hansen. Fox was Canadian while Hansen seemed American. 

Gord Downie may understand his role in Canadian history and his appeal. He may understand it more now as the ‘final’ tour winds down to the ‘final’ live appearance.

In true Canadian form he may not. In true Canadian form, all that is going through Downie’s mind is to put on a good show.

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Trois Rivieres En Blues – From Local Star Justin Saladino to Colin James and Steppenwolf, This Festival is a Must Hear !

 

 

 

 

 

The Blues are a community …

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Following a brief hiatus – Trois Rivieres en Blues is back once more for it’s eight session in it’s current format.

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Local Montreal stars such as Angel Forrest, Pat Loiselle and Justin Saladino will grace the stages along with Trois Rivieres-boy-done-good; Mr. Steve Hill.

Please listen below as the artistic director for the Festival Brian Slack speaks of all things Blues and discloses this year’s headliner.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Messin’ with Paul Arthur and Raisin’ Cain !

Paul Arthur and Raisin’ Cain make their long awaited debut at

The House of Jazz 

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Paul Arthur has long been a staple in the montreal Blues scene going back to the days of the Rising Sun. Originally from Boston but raised in Montreal – Paul and his band recently won a contest as best Blues band which saw the group head to New Orleans during Mardi Gras.

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Please listen below to my chat with Paul Arthur and listen to some great tunes by him and his band – Raisin’ Cain.

Check out Paul and Raisin’ Cain at

The House of Jazz on Aug. 17th.

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The Flying Joes – Old School Rock n’ Roll !

The lead singer of The Flying JoesSyd Bedard, is having fun !

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His band has a new album titled ‘Let It Out !’ and they are commencing their first tour …

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Please listen below as Syd explains his band, the album, the tour and why it may not be such a good idea to be a drummer in his band.

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Noah Preminger – A ‘ Bluesy ‘ Kinda Sax Player …

 Noah Preminger is not your average run-of-the-mill saxophone player …

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A native of Connecticut, currently dividing his time between Boston and New York – Noah has released a very interesting album.

‘Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground’ brings the listener on a history lesson which revolves around Mississippi. In music language, Mississippi means the Delta Blues and the Delta Blues are the backbone of most forms of popular music.

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Noah Preminger concert at Sa Pobla (2012)

Skip James was the man who introduced Noah to The Blues and for Preminger, the long and winding  trip continues. Exploring legends such as Willie Johnson, Booker T. White and Charley Patton – Noah is on the proper highway. His own private Route 66. 

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Please listen below as Noah Preminger speaks of his latest album; a foray into his own ‘take’ on some classic tunes.

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2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival Indoor Shows Preview – aka Great Tunes!

The Jazz Festival is fast approaching.

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This week, the indoor schedule was announced. Some great names will pay Montreal a visit this summer both in music and in soul.

 

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Please listen below to some artists that will be playing as well as where you can go to buy tickets !

 

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Jean-Michel Blais – A Pianist Making Waves …

 

Jean -Michel Blais is a newcomer. Sort of …

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Jean – Michel Blais started playing the organ at a young age which – in turn, led to the piano. Even though, a love-hate relationship developed for a while between Jean – Michel and music, it is now part of his life in a big way.

It may even get bigger …

 

Please listen below to my chat with Jean-Michel.

 

 

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The Real Reason We Mourn Prince’s Death …

The artist formerly known as ‘ the artist formerly known as Prince‘, aka ‘Prince‘ or ‘Prince‘ Rogers Nelson – passed away.
His death, echoing around the globe with thunderous fanfare via social media.
Why ?

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The obvious reasons are acute. Fame, fame and more fame. The brighter the flame, the harder to extinguish. The brighter the flame, the more it spreads with the oxygen provided by the corporate machine, the fans and the product itself. In Prince’s case, the product was music.

How could anything else come from a man whose parents were of music lineage?

Mom ( Mattie Shaw) was a Jazz singer. Dad ( John L. Nelson), a lyricist and pianist. Music was part of Prince’s genetic code. Chances are if Prince’s chosen career happened to be a forklift operator – at home, as a hobby, Prince would have probably played the piano or sang  ‘just for fun’ …

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So what? Lots of folks are musical. Lots of souls possess the God-given ability to pick up any instrument and play it well. Some, such as Prince, are either lucky or blessed to reach a level where all the tools required to reach millions are at their fingertips. Artists such as Prince can then preach their messages to the hearts and souls of their followers. In effect, affect people’s lives.

Scanning social media in the hours following the death announcement, everyone had a thought, a picture or a paragraph pertaining to their ‘hero’ ‘Prince’ Rogers Nelson. 

Fifteen – year-olds, teenagers – people not born when Prince hit the Pop charts were mourning his loss. Eighty-year-olds, folks who had no idea that Prince, not so long ago, went by a symbol as his moniker. Fifty-year-olds who had no idea that Prince played guitar. Folks whohave no idea just how much of a musical genius Prince was.

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There are reasons why Prince’s death spread faster than the Ebola virus and caused many bosses panic attacks.

First ( and the most symbolic indication of humanity’s demise); people are like sheep. If one person shares the news, one ‘cool’ person, it inevitably goes viral. ‘Everyone’ must be the bearer of bad news even though ‘everyone’ has witnessed ‘everyone’ being the bearer of bad news on their newsfeeds. If this was not bad enough, suddenly ‘everyone’  is an expert of at least one aspect of the subject of the bad news. ‘Bobby Joe’ knows everything about Prince’s music. ‘Harry’ grew up with Prince in Minnesota. ‘ Darlene’ has a friend who knows what killed ‘ The Purple One’. On and on it goes …

Secondly, there are genuine fans out there. People who know more about Prince than the time of day ‘doves cry’. Fanatics who can toss ‘Purple Rain‘ aside as a commercial jingle. Folks who can say “Let’s go crazy’ and not get into a ‘Little Red Corvette’ and party like it’s 1999. 

These fans, these people – are the divine holders of any profound detail concerning the life, the times and the music of The Prince of Funk. These folks are genuinely hurting. They mourn and will continue to mourn the depth of not only Prince’s musical ability, his knowledge and his craftsmanship as a true artist. A songwriter, a composer and a groundbreaking figure. The ‘Spike Lee’ of musical direction. 

Musicians, fellow artists also fall into this category. People – women, men and transgenders who recognized the abilities of a man who accomplished in the studio and on stage what they could only dream of doing in their finest moments. For them – ‘Princes’ exist solely in fairy tales and rightly so.

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Lastly and the veritable reason everyone mourned Prince on a level normally fit for Kings and not Princes; people are human and nothing touches the human soul more than music …

Sally’ recalls quite vividly where she was was when the riffs of ‘Little Red Corvette’ eased her pain. Lifting whatever was troubling her for a fleeting moment of a busy workday. ‘Jimmy’, the once pimply teenager, at the drop of some purple misting – zooms to a backseat and his first kiss with Prince providing ‘the condoms’ in the form of ‘dearly beloved’ oozing through the Blaupunkt speakers of his rusted Honda Civic. His first car mirroring his first ejaculation.

‘Jane’, the once party animal-turned-mother-of-three snickering of ‘the fight’ that took place as she defended Prince in the ever important Michael vs. Prince debate. Arguments as important at the time as Trump vs Hilary is today. Music was and continues to be the pulse of the people. It escapes no one and leaves no one indifferent.

An artist on the scale of Prince, a man who affected millions through music, showmanship, songwriting and individuality left no one indifferent.

That is the reason we mourn his death. That is the reason we will never mourn his music.

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Lorraine Desmarais – Steppin’ Out and Dancing !

Lorraine Desmarais is an accomplished Jazz pianist. 

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Lorraine has received the 2002 Oscar Peterson Award from The Montreal International Jazz Festival and is a member of The Order of Canada.

 

Lorraine has released eight solo albums and one big band album.

 

Make that two with her latest release.

Please listen below as Lorraine speaks of her new album and what it was like playing with Dave Brubeck’s two sons.

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – What’s Coming in Montreal

 

As usual … a lot coming in and around Montreal.

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Matt Anderson March 25th – L’Astral

Please listen below, hear some tunes and discover the amazing shows happening in the coming weeks.

 

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The Record Breakers; The Kids are Allright !

Some may call them a novelty act. Others may dismiss these teenagers as ‘cute.’

 

If The Record Breakers’ first EP is any indication, the band will be around a long time~

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Please listen below as Hayden, Bella, Devan and Julian talk about their album and look for their keyboard player Michael.

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