The post office usually delivers bills and junk mail. But today was different.
Two CD’s arrived, neatly packaged, from one of Canada’s best songwriters – Sam Larkin. (You can purchase the CDs from Sam's web site).
I first heard Sam play at Fat Albert’s in the late 1980’s, fell in love with his music and have tried to catch his live performances whenever I can. How do I express where Sam’s music takes me? Somewhere between earth and heaven; I often wonder if that is where Sam himself sits when he writes.
The CD “ransom” has all the old familiars on it, the songs I first heard him playing… Mirabeau Bridge, Sally On, Laughin Tears and Highway One, to name a few. I have two tape cassettes of Sam’s songs as well, bought directly from him in the hall, in the United Church basement, on Bloor Street, outside Fat Albert’s. I also have a vinyl single record of Mirabeau Bridge, a birthday present from a cherished friend. Happy times… happy memories.
One song though is not included on “ransom”, Voices Forever. If you can get a copy of this song it is well worth the effort. Beautiful.
The CD “Night Melts Chains” is wonderful, and a complete surprise to me. The performance style is quite different than that with which I am familiar from Sam’s earlier tunes. Reminiscent of Johnny Cash, almost country, but lyrical in the way that only Sam can be lyrical.
Attila is quite taken with Sam’s music as well, and has had the opportunity to hear him perform live on at least one occasion.
I have been playing Sam Larkin CDs non-stop since the post arrived. Even Mist is inspired to kitten-like playfulness.
Thanks Sam, for being there.
NOTE: Sam’s web site is a delight, it makes me laugh out loud, which is a rare event. Painfully honest, refreshingly intelligent and the best commentary on the mass media ever created, in my humble opinion. Not for feint of heart or head. Marshall McLuhan would be proud of this one!
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