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Music Monday features @Miss_GraceJones

The 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival concluded yesterday after ten busy days. Not only was it a passel of big names from the world of film, but a number of musicians also premiered their documentaries at the festival. Among them were Lady Gaga, Eric Clapton, Grace Jones and the Tragically Hip.

When I drew a blank on this week’s music choice, I thought to highlight the only person I’ve yet to have on my blog from the TIFF list—Grace Jones. Her movie, Bloodlight and Bami looks at her unconventional life as a model, singer, and New Wave icon.

Here’s one of Jones’ biggest hits, “Slave to the Rhythm.” Check out her incredible live performance while twirling a hula hoop!

Wishing you a great week as we head into the final days of summer,

~ eden

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Music Monday features @HAIMtheband

I love these three funky sisters who make up the band, HAIM. They hail from a musical Jewish family and are multi-instrumentalists.

The California pop-rock band has amassed a huge following thanks to their catchy melodies. Their harmonies and musical stylings have been compared to Fleetwood Mac, but I think they are quite unique unto themselves.

Have a listen to one of their biggest hits, “Want You Back,” and enjoy your week.

~ eden

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Music Monday remembers Walter Becker of Steely Dan

Walter Becker, guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the the band Steely Dan, died this past week. Along with Donald Fagen, the duo formed Steely Dan back in the early seventies. Their music blurred the lines of jazz, pop, rock and soul, and their lyrics were always complicated and witty. It’s one of the reasons I enjoyed their songs; they were storytellers.

Steely Dan had numerous hits including “Hey Nineteen,” “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number,” and “Aja.” When it came time to choosing one I wanted to feature, “Do It Again” seemed to fit if only because I wished Becker were still around to play it.

May you rest in peace, dear man.

~ eden

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Music Monday features David Byrne and St. Vincent

You’d expect something whacky from David Byrne, and this video is certainly that.

Listen to “Who” by the Talking Heads frontman and another multi-instrumentalist musician, St. Vincent.

Have a great week,

~ eden

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Music Monday cares about ONE MORE LIGHT

I’d like to dedicate this blog to Jimmie, a sweetheart of a man whom I had the pleasure of knowing. His wife and I were close friends, and he became a friend as well. A Scotsman with an easy smile and a constant twinkle in his eyes, he reminded me of my father in many ways. He left a wonderful legacy, and I will miss him.

His son used this Linkin Park song as a tribute to him. The lyrics say so much.

” … If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In the sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
Or quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do …”

Rest in peace, sweet man. xox

~ eden

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Music Monday remembers Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell passed away last week at the age of 81, six years after his diagnosis with Alzheimers disease.

Born the seventh son in a sharecropping family of twelve kids, his obsession with jazz guitarist Django Reinhard had him drop out of school to play gigs with his musician uncle.

By 1962, he earned a spot with the Wrecking Crew, a group of session musicians in Los Angeles who played on hits for the Byrds, Mamas and Papas, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, and many others.

“Adios” is a song written by Jimmy Webb originally for Linda Ronstadt and is also the name of Campbell’s final studio album. It released two months prior to his death.

According to Campbell’s producer of the album, he had to stand with him in the booth to record the vocals “line by line” as Campbell could not remember the lyrics, yet he “didn’t lose his melodies, and that beautiful perfect pitch and tone.”

Adios, sweet man, you will be missed.

~ eden

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Music Monday features @LondonGrammar

London Grammar’s music has been described as a blend of ambient, ethereal, and classical sounds with powerful, soaring vocals.

The English trio is made up of vocalist Hannah Reid, guitarist Dan Rothman, and keyboardist/drummer Dominic ‘Dot’ Major.

“Strong” is a moody, emotional song, and I think you’re going to like it.

Hope you have an amazing week,

~eden

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Music Monday asks “Who’ll Stop the Rain?”

The ivy is abundant, flowers are in full bloom, and mosquitos are a-biting. It’s been a wet summer so far, but this past weekend saw its first without rain. Whee!

So nice to see the rain has stopped … for now.

Hope you’re enjoying your summer so far.

~eden

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Music Monday celebrates Joni Mitchell

Last week was all about women for me, beginning with Monday’s music post featuring Ella Fitzgerald,  A few days later, a girlfriend and I attended a wonderful exhibit by American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe.

Fantastic show and worth seeing if you’re in Toronto, closing July 30th so go soon.

On Saturday, I hosted an all-female barbeque, It was great to bring six smart women of diverse backgrounds together for an evening of food and fun.

As I was trying to think of whom to feature this week, Joni Mitchell appeared on T.V. in a news item.

She seemed the obvious choice.

“Little Green” was written in 1967 about the daughter she gave up for adoption. Mitchell reunited with her thirty years later.

And then another woman made the news … Princess Diana died twenty years ago, hard to believe. 😦

Time flies, so I hope you take it slow and enjoy.

~ eden

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Music Monday celebrates Ella Fitzgerald

Born April 25, 1917, Ella Fitzgerald, often referred to as the First Lady of Song would’ve turned 100 this year.

To this day, there is no other singer I’ve heard with a voice as pristine as hers.

In this version of Bobby Darin’s classic, she forgets the lyrics and improvises the entire verse. And she scats like no one’s business!

If this song does not put a swing in your step, nothing will.

Smile and have a great week. 😀

~ eden

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Music Monday says “Hey Joe”

“Hey Joe” is a song that has been recorded by numerous artists, most notably The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966.

This weekend, I binge-watched a psychosexual series called Gypsy on Netflix. Charlotte Gainsbourg’s recording of “Hey Joe” appears during an edgy scene between two women.

Haunting and moody, it was the perfect song for the scene.

If you’re interested in watching a good psychological suspense, I’d recommend Gypsy. It’s a slow burning series and I appreciated the good writing.

Hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful week.

~ eden

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Music Monday asks “If You Could Read My Mind”

Canada celebrated its 150th birthday two days ago on July 1st. Fifty years ago for the Centennial, the great Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot performed at the celebration.

He did so again this Canada Day and sung one of my favourites from his vast repertoire.

Lightfoot said his divorce inspired the lyrics for this song. The second verse always brings tears to my eyes.

… If I could read your mind love
What a tale your thoughts could tell
Just like a paperback novel
The kind that drugstores sell
When you reach the part where the heartaches come
The hero would be me
Heroes often fail
And you won’t read that book again
Because the ending’s just to hard to take …

Have a great week, and to my American family and friends … Happy 4th of July!

~eden

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Music Monday says “Get Lucky”

I heard this song last week and can’t get it out of my mind. It’s not a new song, nor the first time I heard it, but this time it finally stuck.

The video is a shiny piece of space-age funk mixed with anime and Pharrell.

How can you go wrong?

Have a great week and hope luck is on your side. 😀

~ eden

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Music Monday features Sugar, Sugar and @ThatSugarFilm

I watched an excellent film on Netflix called That Sugar Film, written and directed by Australian filmmaker, Damon Gameau.

The documentary follows Gameau in an experiment to highlight hidden sugars in normal, everyday foods.  For 60 days, he eats a health-conscious diet low in fat but high in sugar, consuming 40 teaspoons of sugar daily in foods such as pasta sauce, juice, and cereal. How his body transforms over this period is alarming.

Watch the film if you get a chance. It has a humorous slant but provides a strong message about the foods we eat and the dangers of sugar.

This sweet childhood tune always brought a smile to my face. Hope you enjoy and have a great week. 😀

~ eden

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Music Monday features Death & Taxes by @DanielCaesar

In 2014, Rolling Stone ranked Daniel Caesar’s debut album, Praise Break, as one of its Top 20 R&B albums.

The Toronto-based singer songwriter left home while still in high school after a fight with his parents over faith. “Death and Taxes” is a track from his latest album Pilgrim’s Paradise and features Caesar battling with God.

” … Only two things in this life that are sure, of that I’m sure
Death and taxes
Death and taxes”

Caesar is only 22.

You’ll love his voice and the bluesy guitar. I look forward to featuring more of his music in future posts.

Have a great week,

~ eden

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Music Monday remembers Manchester

Liam Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, made a surprise appearance at Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester benefit concert.

The show included Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and many others to raise money for victims of the terror attack that killed 22 people after Grande’s concert, May 22nd.

The terror continued yesterday with another killing on London Bridge and Borough Market.

Among the seven killed was a thirty year old Canadian woman. 😦  Rest in peace, Christine Archibald.

During these difficult times, music is the common language that unites the world. I am comforted by the strength of Mancunians, and I’m so grateful for the power of music.

~ eden

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Music Monday remembers Gregg Allman

It’s the sad reality that musicians I grew up with and admire will pass away.

This past week, Gregg Allman died at the age of 69. I featured his brother Duane Allman previously.

Gregg and Duane (who died in 1971) formed the Allman Brothers Band and was its lead singer and keyboard player.

Gregg Allman wrote “Whipping Post,” which first appeared on the band’s 1969 debut album. Here is a performance of it from the 2013 Crossroads Festival.

Rest in peace, Gregg Allman.

~ eden

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Music Monday remembers Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell passed away last week. He was 52.

It was a shock. He seemed in the prime of his career with so much more to share, and now he’s gone.

I sat stunned for sometime when I heard the news. I featured him back in 2015 as a member of AudioSlave.

Great voice and talent, and it saddens me to showcase another dead musician.

At the end of it, it’s his music that keeps him alive. This song from Temple of the Dog with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam really showed off Cornell’s singing chops.

Have a good week,

~ eden

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Music Monday says Let’s Work Together

Wonderful things are created when we work together for a common cause.

I walked the runway for Dare to Wear Love this past weekend and was one of many tiny moving parts that came together for the show.

The event came together because so many worked tirelessly to make it happen.

The end goal to collect funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation drove the mission.

I will write more about the show in a future post, but for today, this song by one of my favourite bands resonates loudly.

Have an amazing week,

eden

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Music Monday supports Fashion #DavieBowie #dtwl #charity

The last and only time I walked a fashion runway was back in 2014 for Dare to Wear Lovea charity that uses the power of fashion for good. It collects funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which puts money into grassroots organizations in Africa to fight the AIDS pandemic.

Here I was in my Susan Dicks creation. 😉

This year, I took part in the Dare to Wear Love Challenge again and raised $1775! Thank you so much to everyone who supported me.

From all the challengers, four of us were chosen to walk the runway at the gala on May 12th, and I won one of the spots! The fabulous Farley Chatto is designing my dress this time, and he’s calling me his “Gala Seductress.” Here’s his sketch of my dress, which he considers ‘naughty goodness.’

I love it! 

I’m proud to continue supporting this worthy cause, and I hope you will too. There are still $150 tickets available which gives you access to an amazing Silent Auction, cocktails, the incredible fashion show, and a rocking after-party! Dare to Wear Love is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so connect to them to see all the latest posts and pictures.

It’s a charity event like no other, and this year, Stephen Lewis will be there to introduce the Foundation’s LGBTQ initiative and much more. He’s considered one of the most captivating and eloquent keynote speakers, and his speech is sure to inspire. Renowned Ugandan LGBTQ activist, Frank Mugisha, will also take to the stage.

Join me if you can — fashion for fun, hope, and a great cause.

In the meantime, enjoy the music of the great David Bowie, an icon of fashion if there ever was one,

Thank you so much for your support, and have a fashionable week,

eden

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