Monday, 24 July 2017

MOOCH AND SMOOCH

PLEASE NOTE Long before that man(iac) in the United States appointed a Mr Scaramucci (sometimes referred to as the MOOCH) to be his Director of Communications I had a page on my web site which used the title of this post 

The evidence for this can be located in the following link http://www.sheilakcameron.com/id189.html

I would not like anyone to think there was any connection, however remote, between me and either the employer or the employee

Thursday, 20 July 2017

WITH SMATTERINGS FROM VAL

Based on an email I received recently Val Baker (see below) was using one of my songs on her show As she referred to having received a copy of Kiss Deep I am assuming it is one of the tracks from that CD

I did locate a link to the Radio Station SOURCE FM at https://www.thesourcefm.co.uk but could not find which song she used

Nevertheless it is good to know that something or other was getting played as far south as Cornwall

VAL BAKER 


But from their site I did discover the following information about Val and if I find out anything else I will add it to this post
Val has a fine pedigree as a musician and singer in Cornwall and has a lifelong love of music of all genres.
A Falmouth lass born and bred, it is a dream come true for her to play DJ every week on the Source. Her show ‘Musical recipes’ is a mix of many different genres, but you can always expect something to get your feet tapping, something to tug at your heartstrings and something to put a smile on your face. With smatterings of info and wit ( Guess who wrote this!!) between tracks this show is always fun. We are amazed that she hasn't won any awards!! So is she…..Ha Ha Ha!!

Friday, 30 June 2017

THE LADY OF THE ROCKS

With THE UNKNOWABLE NEXT released - albeit in a limited way - it can now be thought about in ways that were impossible during the making of it But as I have prepared a few copies to send out - initially uncertain how to describe the album- I eventually chose to say that it consisted of some of the words which had been accumulated in the process of writing songs

With that over (and I am glad that it is) I think what follows here is something a bit different On arriving on the Island of Tiree and after seeing the rock formation below I wrote two small paragraphs which survived the duration of my stay there and they were added to each time I saw and photographed the figure below This changed in amazing ways and I think that is reflected in the words I wrote

Those words also lasted and today I recorded them as a spoken word track 
Although it is small it has been mastered and is now on Bandcamp at https://sheilakcameron.bandcamp.com/track/the-lady-of-the-rocks 

Its importance for me is in having combined the initial two paragraphs and the added words and in having done something which is unrelated to what I have been doing recently - and i like that 



About the rocks on Tiree: I have taken the following text from http://www.tireeimages.com/collections39.html

The rocks found on the Isle of Tiree are part of the Lewisian metamorphic suite also found on the Western Isles, Coll, Tiree, Iona, Islay and a mainland Scotland coastal strip extending from Cape Wrath to Kyle of Lochalsh. These rocks up to 3000 million years old, are the oldest found in the British Isles and among the oldest on the planet. These Lewisian gneisses were formed at a depth in the earth's crust of many kilometers under great temperature and pressure. They began as granites, sediments and volcanic rocks but billions of years of 'baking' and deformations during numerous crustal mountain building events, have changed the appearance and mineral content of the rocks almost completely

Thursday, 22 June 2017

FALLING IN OUT AND ABOUT

The image below is on the third panel of the digi sleeve of the seventh re-issue - THE UNKNOWABLE NEXT

And included in the text is a caution It is there because this collection of spoken word tracks is expected to have limited appeal - not that the other re-issues were lapped up eagerly by a wide range of listeners - but of those who might find this one of interest there is a clue in the text

This is provided in full below the image to make certain it is heeded by anyone risking a listen - and because it will be easier to read there


FALLING IN LOVE, FALLING OUT AND FALLING ABOUT
 with some other words about birds and animals

and with a caution: if you are one of the lucky ones for whom love
worked out well some of the words on this double album may not be for you

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

THE KNOWABLE SELECT

In moving towards the release of the seventh re-issue, THE UNKNOWABLE NEXT, there were two difficulties - and one was self inflicted 


In amongst the tracks on the final version of the album there are several doublers And they are there because I had chosen not to listen to the entire 135 tracks before the CD was sent on its way to be manufactured 

My only excuse is that by this stage in the process I had had enough of hearing my own voice speaking words I had written and I wanted to move on and leave them well behind However, in choosing not to listen I was going against the intention to make this a well presented album And had I listened the doublers would have been identified and removed 

It also became belatedly apparent that they had been created in part by having used two different kinds of titles for some of the tracks - the made up and those which used the first line 

The second difficulty related to how the album would be made available for others to hear Because it consists of spoken word tracks it was considered unlikely to have much appeal and the plan was to restrict its availability i.e. it would not be submitted to any of the main music sites nor would it to be sent out - as had happened with the previous re-issues - to possible interested radio stations 

The intention was to make it available on Bandcamp as a CD only but this had to be abandoned when it was discovered that they do not allow CDs to be listed unless they have a downloadable component

Fortunately there was a solution which would address both the problem of the doublers and the Bandcamp constraints Also, it would save me from the task of uploading the full album of 135 tracks 

The solution was to compile a doubler-free downloadable selection of tracks called THE UNKNOWABLE SELECT This would fulfill the Bandcamp requirements and once in place on their site it could be linked to the double album CD This would be listed as added merchandise  

This is now available to be pre-ordered on Bandcamp at https://sheilakcameron.bandcamp.com/album/the-unknowable-select

PS My decision not to listen to the full album of course prompts the question of whether or not I should expect anyone else to spend time listening to it 

Friday, 16 June 2017

AN UNEASY JOURNEY

Below is a review of KISS DEEP and THE MISSING BEAT from www.folking.com 
It can also be accessed directly at http://folking.com/sheila-k-cameron-kiss-deep-and-the-missing-beat-glalell-skc1706cd/ The image is taken from their web site 




SHEILA K CAMERON – Kiss Deep And The Missing Beat (Glalell SKC1706CD)

  
Kiss Deep is sixth and final volume in the first series of Sheila K Cameron reissues. There are nineteen tracks here encompassing all the styles she has essayed over the years beginning and ending with the old blues sound of ‘Universal Energy’. From there she moves to the rich pop of ‘On The Road To Haida Gwaii’ (her home off the coast of western Canada) and the slightly quirky ‘Another Dream’, a clever, almost spoken lyric over a rolling piano backing. It’s a frustration dream, the like of which we’ve all had, of being unable to get to where we want to be.

‘Did I Do Something Wrong Again’ is piano driven country, a style continued in ‘So You Said’, a song that reminds me of Eleanor McEvoy at her most acerbic. The thing about Sheila is that you never know what to expect so after these band numbers we have the solo acoustic ‘You Tell Me Nothing’ with its undertones of Weimar cabaret. ‘Let’s Put Love In The Back Seat – For A While’ is a spoken word piece incanted over a percussion accompaniment; yet another Cameron style.

Kiss Deep is probably the most complete of the reissues. It has a sense of continuity that some of the others lack and the benefit of being completed songs with the likes of Brian McNeill and Fraser Spiers mentioned in the credits. If you’re unfamiliar with SKC’s work – and I was before these reissues appeared – this is probably the place to start. Follow it with Alone On The Road before venturing any deeper – it’s not an easy journey but you’ll find it very rewarding.

Dai Jeffries

Artist’s website: www.sheilakcameron.com

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

FROM A PERFECT LANDING

There was a message from Trevor Krueger this morning to say that he will be opening his show tonight (Saturday June 10th) with the track A PERFECT LANDING  He added 'I think it will launch us into a thoughtful relaxed mood open to new sounds..'

The link to Trevor's show is http://www.trevorkruegerfolkshow.com/

The image below is from a perfect landing and is intended to match that mood


The track can be heard on Bandcamp at https://sheilakcameron.bandcamp.com/album/a-perfect-landing-2

Thursday, 8 June 2017

A PICTURELESS JIGSAW

Another review from BLUES BUNNY at http://www.bluesbunny.com 
Reviews of MORE LIKE A RIVER and RUN THROUGH SIDE A were posted earlier in the year at http://sosaidthesap.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/two-easter-bunnies.html

Title: Kiss Deep and The Missing Beat
Catalogue Number: Glalell SKC1706CD
Review Format: Compact Disc
Release Year: 2017

If anyone is likely to be classed as a musical enigma these days then it would have to be Sheila K Cameron and “Kiss Deep and The Missing Beat” provides a solid case for that very description with no less than nineteen examples of songs that are both not quite that and more than that simultaneously.

Lyrically oblique as always, Ms Cameron’s words often nudge into discontinuity but, given her matching tendency to drift tempos to suit the mood rather than said words, that approach seemed nothing if not appropriate. So, while you can hear the distant call of conventionality in songs like “La Bonne Fée”, you just know that there will be something that makes as much sense as the weather coming along shortly and duly it does with “Another Dream” and “It’s That Time Of My Life –Again” most likely to cause the proverbial beard scratching moment.

Not so much an album as a jigsaw puzzle without a picture, “Kiss Deep and The Missing Beat” engenders as much admiration as irritation which, in all likelihood, makes this art rather than merely music. That’s good enough for me.

Website: www.sheilakcameron.com
Reviewer: Bluesbunny
Review Date: June 7, 2017


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

FALLING FOR WHAT MIGHT BE

What if I had to accept that what I hoped might be so - might be so

And if I were to accept what Ian D Hall has to say in the review I am posting here - along with what Trevor Krueger recently had to say - I might be leaning in that direction But not too far - having become aware how easy it can be to fall over and how hard it can be to get back up


But when Ian writes about you he does it so well and so encouragingly it is virtually impossible not to fall for what he has to say! 


An image from the digi sleeve of the album KISS DEEP
More about Ian D Hall, about his own work and about his poetry and his reviews can be found at http://www.liverpoolsoundandvision.co.uk 

His review of the KISS DEEP and THE MISSING BEAT is below

You don’t have to pucker the lips in order to Kiss Deep, you only have touch someone with your mind, your humour and your lust for life in order to reach them in a way that no amount of amorous thought can achieve; to feel the embrace of another’s words is not just a measure for good, it is the affirmation of what you believe more than anything, to be true.

Sheila K Cameron’s latest re-issue of her albums have come, for now, to a conclusion, a stunning one to finish the time in the current days ahead and one that really hits the mark in a sea of spot on and beautifully delivered, arrow like precision, targets.

Kiss Deep, feel the tension and the heartache, the feeling of pleasure that comes from having allowed the sensuality of life drift unexpectedly your way and whilst you are there, allow that artist to, in even the smallest way, change your perception on what is beautiful and what is pleasing to the senses.
We all remember our first kiss, the slow build up of expectation that perhaps went wildly adrift, the bumped nose, the apologies and the sense of elation that came with it for days afterwards and one that subconsciously we use as a bench mark when comparing others efforts to titillate our tonsils.

Kiss Deep And The Missing Beat goes beyond that, it is thrill of the picturesque and one in which control is hard to shoulder; for Sheila K Cameron, this is the sense of the exquisite, a collection of songs that gather together the thoughts of a woman who has metaphorically kissed more than a few hearts; who has emerged from the artistic relationship with her head held high.

In tracks such as Did I Do Something Wrong Again, No I Don’t See Lizzie Anymore, As You Wrapped The String Around Me, Beneath The Apple Tree and Let’s Put Love In The Back Seat-For A While, Ms. Cameron takes the art of kissing deeply to another level, it is more than falling in love, it is the desire to just keep hearing more.

Kiss Deep And The Missing Beat is a sensuous album, a beautiful point of creative poetry set to lyrical and musical attractive cool, Kiss Deep, remember the first time you felt the pangs of love and then explore further; for love is only a kiss away.

Ian D. Hall

More about the album can be found on a previous post on this blog at http://sosaidthesap.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/kiss-deep-and-missing-beat.html 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

BIG BOOTS & CELTIC ROOTS

Keeping track of the tracks from KISS DEEP

Playlist for Saturday 3rd June 2017.

Atz Kilcher & Jewel - Alaska, The Last Frontier
Sheila K. Cameron - La Bonne Fee
Random Order - Black Lipstick Kiss
Starset - Die For You
Nikka Costa - Push & Pull
Mollie Marriott - Control
Bad Touch - Wise Water
The New Madrids - Mountain Of Trouble
The Barron Knights - Get Down Shep
Peatbog Faeries - The Naughty Step (Naughty Corner Stomp)




FROM WAY DOWN SOUTH

Not in New Orleans but in Chertsey, Surrey There, on Tuesday May 30th, Colin Spencer included UNIVERSAL ENERGY, the opening track of KISS DEEP, in his weekly “Today’s Music Through The Years” programme on Radio Wey


There is much to recommend about this community radio station and it was an honour to hear from Colin that he had aired the track 
Be sure to check it out at http://www.radiowey.org/ 

The image below is from their site and comes from their early days – long before Colin’s involvement!


The song UNIVERSAL ENERGY can be heard on Bandcamp at https://sheilakcameron.bandcamp.com/album/kiss-deep-and-the-missing-beat

Monday, 29 May 2017

A WEE PUSH AND A GOOD DUDE

It would be good to get to a place where I can genuinely believe in what I am doing And I'm glad to say I got another push in that direction from a man called Trevor Krueger who contacted me after listening to KISS DEEP

Below is some information about him and about his interests and his work


And here are some quotes from his emails to me 


'It's always exciting to meet a "real" musician who writes with integrity and no apparent gimmick to sell, just real creativity, emitting naturally, like expelled breath'

'I shall play three of your tracks as featured artiste across the two hour show. I seem to be enjoying good listener numbers so you will certainly reach people who, like me, have not encountered your songs before. That can only be a good thing...'

There were other pleasing comments which I am unable to keep to myself and here's three of them 'You are an interesting enigma!' 'Your talent and style is quite unique and very interesting' and 'I'll be playing your tracks on my show again that's for definite'

And this can surely not be bettered 'I hope to help you at least a little'

Which leads me to the title of this post: I came across the word dude in relation to the term 'a silly goat' (see the previous post) and I have grown very fond of it Needless to say, since coming across Trevor, I have also been growing fond of him and hope this and my thanks to him are being conveyed in these comments

Monday, 22 May 2017

THE UNKNOWABLE NEXT IS NEXT

The seventh re-issue will be of spoken word tracks only and is supposed to illustrate a bit more of the range of material which has been produced during this (described previously as a) preoccupation with song writing

Some of the tracks are not at all like lyrics but most of them began with a first line that could have led anywhere Some of the tracks which in future might be made into songs have been removed but a few still remain 

The tracks are presently being mastered and the images which will be used for the digi sleeve have been decided on But rather than use any of those in this post the image below is merely an associate of the chosen ones 

Except to say that the subject of getting chosen can be a sore one so this goat image has been informed that it was chosen specially for here

From a painting by SKC which, in part, features on the album 
And in amongst the text which is being used on the cover is a caution: I like cautions Indeed I wish i had had more of them - and been willing to pay attention to more of them The one for the album says - and I quote

 'if you are one of the lucky ones for whom love worked out well the words on this double album may not be for you'

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

FROM SAP TO SILLY GOAT

From Sap to Silly Goat and then who knows

But here's a little goat* from a painting I made after a dream in which I had met him - or it may have been a her- on a road somewhere It's difficult to tell the difference in a picture like this, or in a dream 
Anyway as I later realised the goat was most likely an aspect of myself



The image of the it, he or she goat will be making a formal appearance in my next project The decision led me to find out more about the expression 'a silly goat' (I have a memory of hearing it applied to someone I knew - perhaps I was the recipient) But if I were - and might well be again - I found comfort in the following words from the Urban dictionary

Here they are: 

silly goat

The cutest thing you've ever seen Usually referring to a significant other. Usually solicits many "awwws" from others because it is so darn cute

Dude you must really love your girlfriend yeah, she's my silly goat, my everything. 
The words I found there also gave me the transformative title for this post 
As for what the goat was doing or representing in the dream I am reluctant to contemplate but I can admit to having grown fonder of it since we recently met up again

PS* I changed the image from one goat to two after thinking why not give it a pal

PPS Then I changed the image again after some more thinking 


Saturday, 13 May 2017

HELLO SINGING BIRD

This song will be played on Women of Substance Radio, as shown on the image below, from May 15th to the 19th
I submitted it to the station when songs about Mothers were being asked for 

The bird I was talking to was in the trees alongside THE PEOPLES PALACE in GLASGOW GREEN as I was walking to work in the East End of the City The phrase, hello singing bird, is one I repeat frequently to other birds singing in other places at other times - usually early in the morning


The song is out there somewhere on a CD It is an acoustic only track which was not well recorded and several attempts have been made to clean it up a bit 
It can also be heard on my main web site at http://www.sheilakcameron.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/hellosingingbirdforfh.mp3

The following link will take you to information about the PALACE https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_Palace,_Glasgow

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

EMERGING ON COAST TO COAST

Not sure what an 'emerging' artist should feel like but for now I can exaggerate and say it reminds me of stepping out of a warm sea onto a warm beach and being wrapped up in a warm towel by a warm lover

And if I refrain from exaggerating I can say that it feels good - almost as good as the 'stranger' experience  For anyone who has not heard of this before it refers to the pleasure of discovering that a total stranger has come across one of my tracks - has liked what they heard and has then told me so

I can also admit to getting a bump from seeing Where the Pebbles Grind and Scrape under the heading Bumper Music It is all a bit much to accommodate on an otherwise ordinary day in Glasgow Also, how I came to be getting aired on this station was not engineered, as far as I know, by me 


The description which follows was taken from their site at http://www.coasttocoastam.com 

Coast to Coast AM airs on more than 600 stations in the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico and Guam, and is heard by nearly three million weekly listeners. With hosts George NooryGeorge Knapp (weekend), and guest weekend hosts, it is the most listened to overnight radio program in North America.

PS The song is the second track on the album MORE LIKE A RIVER THAN A ROAD and it can heard on Bandcamp at https://sheilakcameron.bandcamp.com/album/more-like-a-river-than-a-road

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

KISS DEEP and the missing beat

The sixth re-issue of the series gathers together a selection of very different tracks They will complete for now the task of presenting something of the range of material which has been produced during a lengthy involvement with the preoccupation of song writing



With a few exceptions they also represent what can happen when the help of others is sought for the purpose of enhancing some relatively sparse acoustic recordings They do have in common the lyrics which are all by the same writer

Some of the tracks were initially included in much earlier attempts to get the songs heard and there was some uncertainty about including them in this selection The deciding factor was simple It was felt that they were worthy of a hearing and they would be more likely to get one, if given a second chance, on this later and more professionally produced album.

The musicians who contributed to the album, including those who mixed mastered or arranged the tracks, were Geoff Allan, Jennifer Clark, Miles Jackson, Brian McNeill, Mags Russel, John V Saich, Fraser Spiers and Brian Young

The album is now available as a pre-order on Bandcamp at https://sheilakcameron.bandcamp.com/album/kiss-deep-and-the-missing-beat

Saturday, 15 April 2017

TWO EASTER BUNNIES

An old Bunny review recently discovered and a new one only discovered when trying to relocate the old one 

Blues Bunny, for anyone who knows nothing or not much about them can be found at the following link And for anyone who would like to know more about the music being made and played in Glasgow and thereabouts this is the site to visit
http://www.bluesbunny.com/

The older review first

Title: More Like A River Than A Road
Catalogue Number: Glalell Records
Review Format: Compact Disc
Release Year: 2016


Perhaps it is a sign of the times but I don’t often get to describe any musician as individual or, for that matter, unique. Sheila K Cameron can, however, only be described by using those two adjectives with “More Like A River Than A Road” reflecting seven songs from a copious catalogue of songs on to the mirror of today.
Sheila K Cameron is not one to follow trends or seek critical favour and her songs, perhaps unsurprisingly, tend more towards the poetic than the lyrical. She also has this rather addictive habit of stopping her songs before the finish as if leaving the listener in limbo gives her some perverse joy. Some may well find that irritating but, as with all things that require concentration to achieve appreciation, her alternative approach ultimately proves entrancing.
It is, for example, impossible for your heart to argue with the perfectly poised sentimentality that warms “The House with the Windows” or, indeed, the poetic construction of “Somehow” as, at the very least, they provide evidence that you can intermix language and emotion without becoming maudlin or confused as to actual intent.
Sheila K Cameron is unique and that, my friends, is all you really need to know.
This mini album is available on Bandcamp https://sheilakcameron.bandcamp.com/



And the newer one


Title: Run Through Side A
Catalogue Number: Glalell SKC1705CD
Review Format: Compact Disc
Release Year: 2017


Like most things regarding Sheila K Cameron, this CD just sort of appeared as if blown in through the door by the random breeze that is the Post Office these days. No announcement of intent, no marketing blurb, no hint of purpose. Just a CD called “Run Through Side A” and a piece of paper that managed to generate obscurity through honesty.
So what is on the actual CD? Sheila K Cameron is a true character and she always seems determined to both avoid any accusation of seeking adoration and to weave the spell that only those with the soul of a poet can. Therefore these songs, all performed acoustically with the very minimum of musical backing, are lyrical obscurities in themselves with even my familiarity with her catalogue of curiosities confused by the rambling stream of consciousness that transcends the conventionalities that would be expected by even educated to the point of pretension audiences.
Purpose? Who knows? Nonetheless, Sheila K Cameron remains someone that even the battle hardened would want to hear.



Website: www.sheilakcameron.com
Reviewer: Bluesbunny
Review Date: 
April 9, 2017



Wednesday, 12 April 2017

IAN D HALL'S REVIEW of PAST LOVES

Liverpool Sound and Vision
Reviews from a small country
Sheila K. Cameron, Past Loves. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Love is a very strange beast, we think back with fondness at those that have taken us for granted, we adore the rose tinted glasses we wear when we think of those that have let us down and we despair at the thought of those that we have left in search perhaps of a greener field or those that left because they could not bear us; modern love is all the rage but Past Loves are the ghosts that spur us on and define our actions in the present.

Past Loves are important, it matters not how long they were in vogue, how much time was spent, they all add to the story of the individual and in some cases can make that person sparkle with energy and triumph, knowing deep in their heart they have done something at least once that made that old lover smile. It is a sentiment carried with great passion by Sheila K. Cameron in her album Past Loves.

In what is described as a one off performance, Ms. Cameron takes on songs that she has sang with great affection over the years and now, with a timbre in her voice and a resonating smile at her disposal, she takes the memory of love down a path, one that shines a light through the canopy of trees, past the bird song and asks it to rest a while with the image of a corn stalk spritely hanging in the corner of a meadow and the love daring to be kissed.
The tracks also have the edge of bending the appreciation of the words, the use of gender within them, the sense of the woman speaking perhaps not to a lover but to her sex, the call of women all over the world who have been let down by a single person and still for some reason carry a torch that shines brightly in the fog and darkness for them. Like a lighthouse hugging the dangerous rocks of a Cornish cove and coast line, it suggests that the skipper of the previous relationship can still see the call of safety, but woe betide taking advantage for the rocks can also, like a woman scorned, kill with a single look.

In tracks such as Golden Slumbers, Oh The Summertime Is Coming, Every Night When The Sun Goes In, But Black Is The Colour and Drink To Me Only, Ms. Cameron takes on the world, she gives her love in the spirit of the song and sends it into the world knowing, that like a giving and sensual lover, it will always be remembered fondly and with passion.

Ian D. Hall

This entry was posted in Music and tagged Past Loves. Album Review., Sheila K. Cameron on April 12, 2017.


PAST LOVES AND PRESENT DELIGHTS

In the previous post are comments about my response to Ian Hall's review of RUN THROUGH SIDE A And what I wrote then is similar to what I thought and felt when I read Ian's review of PAST LOVES, another recent re-issue

Both of these albums are small and were intended mainly to contribute to what I thought I was doing i.e tidying up all the material I had lying around and getting it out there more professionally presented and attired than I had managed with my earlier attempts They were also meant to illustrate something of the range of the material I had produced 

That task is ongoing and the possible sixth re-issue is in the making But only when it is complete along with a selection of spoken word tracks will I consider I have got anywhere near to that original intention

But, as the plan was unfolding along came this guy who did exactly what I had needed For some reason which may be a defensive one - although it does not feel like that (and I have said this many times now) I can be delighted, relieved and overall artistically satisfied to receive positive comments about my work from a total stranger Some words entitled A ROUND OF CLAPPIES comes close to explaining my attitude to this whole pre-occupation of song writing 
Perhaps I will post them sometime soon

Now Ian was a desirable stranger when I first read his comments about RUN THROUGH Now however he is not so strange! And what is stranger and contradicts what I have just said - I am responding to his second review with as much delight as I did for the first one 

Impressed then by the way he writes - and doubly impressed of course that he has written so beautifully about my recordings - I have overcome my previous reticence and will post his review in full  And rather than do so along with these comments it will be given its own place in the next post  

Re the title of this one: the songs on the album PAST LOVES were songs I once sang and loved - Ian Hall is a present delight

The link to the album Bandcamp is https://sheilakcameron.bandcamp.com/album/past-loves-2

Saturday, 8 April 2017

IAN DOES IT AGAIN - AND AGAIN

The Ian is Ian D Hall and he has written a splendid review of RUN THROUGH SIDE A and it is so special I am choosing not to copy and paste it here 
It is too good for me 
Have you ever had that rare feeling? 
Well I've got it now

Of all that might have been said about this small album Ian has revealed his truly poetic nature and commented in ways that take me beyond the known me to a different me For now I intend to hang on to it and try not to do anything to scare it away

The review could have only been written by a poet and in a previous post, on this site, in response to Ian's review of MORE LIKE A RIVER I had said


'Fulfilling the oft mentioned desire to discover that some of my songs had been heard and liked by a complete stranger -  along came Ian D Hall - and this is surely the best liking I could have hoped for!'

Below is his photograph and below that is a link to a review for Ian Hall's recently published book Black Book: An Anthology, 2003-2015  










Monday, 3 April 2017

HOOT and CODSWALLOP

The hoot was on hearing the backing for a new track entitled ITS THAT TIME OF MY LIFE - AGAIN  At the time I thought it was a hoot but no longer know why I thought that
It may soon get an airing on Bandcamp or somewhere else

The codswallop was on reading a review of the re-issues of PAST LOVES and RUN THROUGH SIDE A This was by someone who had omitted to read the text on the digi sleeves and was also making inaccurate assumptions about why I had even considered re-issuing these particularly small albums

Believe me, had he just said they were rubbish and he did not like them I might have wept but it would have been for a few brief moments and I might have had something more interesting to say in this post

Now I can admit to having wondered myself for a while about their release But there were reasons - the main one being the intention to present something of the range of my recordings  And these two examples were meant to make a contribution

It may well have been misguided but, as I discovered on reading the reviews of the book BALANCING THE REQUEST TO BE GOOD they often tell you more about the reviewer than the book And on reading this guy's review (and believe me I think only a man could have written it) the word which best suited the occasion was codswallop
I do not as yet have an image to go with this text but hope one will make an appearance soon

PS I see today that the book BALANCING (worth every penny) can be purchased for tuppence on Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1853433241/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me= The postage, alas, is £2.80 

Friday, 31 March 2017

THE RECONCILIATION POLE - HAS NOW BEEN RAISED

A totem pole carved by Master Carver Jim Hart will be raised in the grounds of the University of British Columbia on April 1st 2017

The following links will take you to information about Jim Hart and the Reconcilation Pole 

http://www.vancourier.com/truth-transformation/pole-of-reconciliation-to-be-raised-at-ubc-1.2368758

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/the-power-and-determination-needed-to-look-towards-the-future-reconciliation-pole-installed-at-ubc


Jim Hart Haida Master Carver with the Reconciliation Pole

WENDY BREAD

The words below the image were written on the morning of March 31st 2017 They came from seeing the photograph of 'Wendy Bread' aka Wendy Riley who ran the cafe and bakery on Haida Gwaii know as Moon Over Naikoon

In a while i expect to record them and add them to a selection of other spoken word tracks which belong with my long ago and more recent days on the islands



Here's another one
There and then gone
Forever

Remembered
With such pleasure
It breaks into your head and heart
More like a pain

And then again
You are left feeling
It's a damned shame

I can speak your name
I can remember your kindness
I can recall seeing the bear across the river
From your kitchen window

And as my eyes can't stop
Filling with tears
I can say again
It's a damned shame
That I can't speak your name
To you