Clairely Now at the U-Strummit!

Well, that was super fun.

On October 4th, I had the wonderful opportunity to sing at the U-Strummit at the Gryphon D’Or in NDG.

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simple fruit

Hey everyone!

This is my newest (and first) music video for my first single from 18.93 Metres of my Fibre.

It was all filmed at Shoestring Studios in October by yours truly. Many thanks to J Stevens for letting me slice and dice his Wapsipinicon peach tomatoes!

Enjoy! And let me know what you think.

Gryphon D’or Tearoom October 7th @ 8 pm!

 

It’s going to be awesome – Clairely Now and J Stevens?  Quite the lineup!

 

See you there.

 

 

 

the updates.

I feel pretty clever right now!  I added an events listing on this website along with a discography.  Check them out.

I’ve been working on re-working Simple Fruit for my next album, 18.93 Metres of my Fibre.  It’s been a lot of fun, but it’s also been pretty hard work without much of note.  I’m also daydreaming about a piano solo right on that bridge.

It’s funny how un-romantic recording music is.  It’s mostly just a cabaret of soul-crushing recordings that are just not good enough until you hit on something that may not be exactly what you’re dreaming of, but it’s close enough to authentic that you can ride with it.  Take, for instance, the recording of Simple Fruit that I have on this website currently.  It’s a fairly good recording, but my throat was sore and I was nervous about singing that song, so my vocals just aren’t right.  They’re not strong enough.  So I’m re-doing it, and I’m probably going to publish a very similar version of the song on this site with piano and call it done – an excellent exercise in eliminating hubris, no?

Speaking of which, I need to practise my glockenspiel.  Please!  Check out my events listing and come visit me at Le Pastel on Rachel E. on the 26th of July.

radio waves & open mics.

Last night, J. Stevens and I went to a new open mic at Shaika.  Shaika is a cafe in Notre Dame de Grace.

That’s me!  I sang The Next Market Day, which was featured on CKUT 90.3 yesterday morning on the Tuesday Morning After Show. Geordie was also featured – it was super cool to hear my songs broadcast out so far to so many.

If you want to listen to my songs on the radio, check it out here.

red roses & stars.

Last night, I went to the Wheel Club.  I’m always super nervous when I’m about to play in front of a bunch of musicians; after all, musicians make the most informed kind of audience.

But it went incredibly well!  I had some Patsy Cline ready to sing, but a quick chat with the violinist revealed that he knew some songs that I recorded on From the Kitchen of Clairelynow.  I sang ‘Red is the Rose’ and ‘The Star of the County Down’, and I was super excited about how well it went over.  It’s a pretty big compliment when someone wants to trade their CD for yours (which happened) and someone gave me their 50/50 ticket so I went home with some Hank Snow as well.  I sold some other copies, and I went home feeling really pleased.

I really love singing, but I don’t really like learning songs that are absolute classics.  A good example of this is ‘Crazy’ by Patsy Cline.  She’s an incredible vocalist, and I love listening to that track, but I feel as though her rendition leaves nothing left to be desired.  What could I possibly add to that song?  Cline had an amazing voice, and an incredible sense of presence.  I have my own voice, and my own stage presence, but it’s not the same;  Cline owns ‘Crazy’ even more than its author, Willie Nelson.  ‘Three Cigarettes on the Ashtray’, for instance, is less iconic.  There’s more space for me to play.

I started singing those traditional songs because I realized (about five years ago) that if I wanted to hear those songs the way I thought they should be played.  Experiencing that amazingly positive feedback really supported my theory that musicians need to play music exactly how they hear in in their heads, and that spending time learning music you don’t want to is sort of an energy suck.

I wonder what I’ll play next week!  Oh, yay.

awesome, but odd!