Monday, April 01, 2013

Blog Guelph: Life and Death

Visitor On A Sunny Day by peterkelly
Visitor On A Sunny Day, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.
CHORUS:
When I die don’t call no preacher
"When I die I won’t call one either
Leaving these words in all of the mouths of all of the people
People who can speak for themselves
And are much better suited on this particular day
To say a few words about an old friend
In their particular way"

Have you heard these clever, heartfelt words to a very, memorable, uplifting song about life and death by Guelph's own Richard Laviolette? On this particular Music Monday,with the Easter theme of resurrection in the air, and just a few days after the release of the helpingfriends.ca/supportSue video… it seemed the right time to introduce you to (or remind you of), this particular Guelph-ite's fine work.

Richard Laviolette writes compassionate songs of romance, protest and political struggle. Songs full of life and mortality, sung in a clear brave voice. My favourite of his albums is the one The Oil Spills joined Laviolette to create All Your Raw Materials. This album was recorded mostly live-off-the-floor, with Geordie Gordon (The Magic, Barmitzvah Brothers, the Islands), Meredith Grant, Greg Denton, Mike Brooks (Kae Sun), Lisa Bozikovic, Matt Reeves, and Jenny Mitchell (Barmitzvah Brothers, The Burning Hell, Jenny Omnichord).

I hope you check out his tunes.

- Kim Logue-like-Vogue

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