Saturday, 15 April 2017

TWO EASTER BUNNIES

An old Buuny review only 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

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Sheila K. Cameron, Past Loves. Album Review.

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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