Dear readers, I do apologize for the technical problem with the video player. It has been fixed.
As I mentioned a few blogs back, one of my songs has been chosen to be the soundtrack to a short documentary film by young British filmaker Rhodri Davies. This documentary is the story behind a unique arts installation that took place in a National Trust building just off of the coast of Cornwall.
The arts event was presented by a collective of British artists who call themselves Hickory Nines.
Pop up the popcorn, turn up the volume, and enjoy!
YOU CAN VIEW IT HERE!
It was great to be back @ the ever popular student's eatery, Skek, in Amsterdam.
While we were getting our guitars set up for our upcoming shows, we met a few cool characters playing outside the local music shop.
The last few months we have been living by a beautiful canal in Delft.
The ATOS radio studio in Zwijndrecht broadcast our live performance/interview on the 7th November, 2018. I'm looking forward to sharing a podcast with you a little later on! We received a warm welcome from our host Thomas and the producer Johnathan, for their excellent music programme 'Downtown.'
,Zaal 100 is a unique artistic project in A'dam. We were pleased to have a good turn out. It was such a special evening, because the audience was so attentive, and we enjoyed a delicious veggie meal prepared for us in the community kitchen!
Here is my Spotify player if you want to share the music with your friends!
The new single 'Predictions' is now available. Please go my home page at www.lesleyyoung.com to find the links for streaming and downloads. Check out my new links page!
Please accept my apologies. Links are now active on my Digital Distribution Website. Thanks for your patience!! xox Lesley
Reposted Sept/30th at 11:43 (EU time).
We are really looking forward to being back in the Netherlands by the end of next week! John and I are back on stage for our first show in a while, starting on Thursday November 1st at Skek in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I first performed at Skek, as a presentation hosted by Amsterdam Songwriter's Guild in the spring of 2008. We will be doing a live radio show later this fall, date TBA soon. I hope to have a live podcast to post for you later in the year, and of course, our single release happens on Saturday September 29th. See the events schedule for more show dates. To get our calendar in your inbox, please subscribe to this RSS FEED. Wishing you all a happy long weekend!
Our newest single, a cover of song‘'Predictions' (originally released by songwriter Suzanne Vega on her 'Days of Open Hand' album, A&M Records,1990), is scheduled for release Saturday September 29, 2018!
Recorded in Edinburgh, mixed in Montreal and Mastered in Toronto, it will be released (globally) and available exclusively for digital downloads and for streaming at my online SHOP at Record Union (for Itunes, GooglePlay, Spotify, Tidal and DEEZER.)
From the Edinburgh recording sessions, a new single is going to be available exclusively for streaming + downloads coming up in September, 2018!
The big news is that the Lesley Young Duo are heading for the magical land of tulips, windmills, and bicycles. Yes, you may have already guessed it, we will be in Holland in the fall. John and I toured into the Netherlands four times since we first went in 2008. We are really looking forward to seeing our pals again!
Shadows on the Moon EP, is scheduled for digital release by the end of October, 2018. Compact discs and vinyl will be made available to purchase later in the year.
After a hiatus from performing, we are back into the swing of things and lots of rehearsing. The autumn-winter calendar will be available at www.lesleyyoung.com/events soon. You can also keep up on Facebook, Twitter and my fan page at Reverbnation. I’d like to say thanks to those of you are following the blog. Your likes and comments are always appreciated!
Life has been quite interesting behind the scenes. There are a few things coming up, (including EP release) which I can’t discuss until August, but I will discuss this bit of news. A young British documentary filmmaker, Rhodri Davies, has selected one of my songs to be the soundtrack for his short documentary Cruel and Curious Sea II.
The film is about a unique art exhibit that was installed in a National Trust building off the coast of Cornwall. It will be part of this year’s promotion of the arts collective Hickory Nines latest art exhibition coming up in late September, which includes work from 32 UK artists in the Devon and Cornwall coastal areas.
I will be posting a link to view the film later, as I understand that it will be posted online in September. Meanwhile, I suggest you go and watch Rhodri’s conservancy documentary My Favourite Walk: The Speke's Mill Valley. It was Runner up at North Devon AONB Wild Shorts film competition in 2016.
On the subject of art and film, I was amused to hear that three of my mom’s paintings were hanging in the office where the last episode of the television series ‘Suits’ was filmed. And the star of the show, is of course, actor Megan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. I don't have a link to the last 'Suits' episode, but you can get a look at some of my mom's beautiful paintings on the website 'Artmajeur.'
The heat wave in Montreal chased us indoors to air-conditioning for the past few afternoons. I got to thinking about all my favourite albums, the albums that influenced me the most as a musician and songwriter. There have been some truly amazing records released over the past few decades. I have chosen these albums for various reasons. Some were quite influential in the early days of my musical development and others were important in that they changed my way of listening and expanded my musical tastes. Many of my choices listed are from the 1970's, as these were albums I heard in the formative years of my musical development. I have to say that I could easily have made this a top 200 or 500 album list!
My 150 Desert Island Album List (in no particular order)
1. Al Green’s Greatest Hits - Al Green
2. Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
3. Blue - Joni Mitchell
4. Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club
5. River: The Joni Letters - Herbie Hancock
6. Days of Open Hand - Suzanne Vega
7. Show Some Emotion - Joan Armatrading
8. Rubber Soul - The Beatles
9. Outskirts - Blue Rodeo
10. Le monde est virtuel - Serge Fiori
11. Flying Cowboys - Rickie Lee Jones
12. Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
13. High Winds White Sky - Bruce Cockburn
14. Humans - Bruce Cockburn
15. Aerial Boundaries - Michael Hedges
16. Talking Timbuktu - Ry Cooder, Ali Farka Toure
17. Toys in the Attic - Aerosmith
18. Sargasso Sea - John Abercrombie, Ralph Towner
19. As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls - Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays
20. Quadrophenia - The Who
21. Songs In The Key Of Life - Stevie Wonder
22. Let It Bleed - Rolling Stones
23. A Salty Dog - Procol Harum
24. Vol 3: Further in Time - Afro Celt Sound System
25. Sweet Dreams: The Anthology - Roy Buchanan
26. Emily 13 - Michael Keith
27. Voice of the Blood - Hildegard von Bingen
28. Marquee Moon - Television
29. Live at The Apollo - James Brown
30. Court and Spark - Joni Mitchell
31. Solitude Standing - Suzanne Vega
32. Thick As A Brick - Jethro Tull
33. Exodus - Bob Marley
34. Are You Experienced? (American and international edition) - Jimi Hendrix
35. Faerie Stories - Peatbog Faeries
36. Xoa - Anais Mitchell
37. The Living Room Tapes Vol 2 - Lenny Breau, Brad Terry
38. Ok Computer - Radiohead
39. Blue Valentine - Tom Waits
40. All Things Must Pass - George Harrison
41. Tapestry - Carol King
42. Putamayo Celtic Cafe - Various Irish and Scottish singer-songwriters
43. The Mission [Original Soundtrack] - Ennio Morricone
44. Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan
45. The Dutch Masters - Focus
46. Crime of The Century - Supertramp
47. Two In Time - Gene Bertoncini, Michael Moore
48. Revolution - The Beatles
49. The Best Of Tim Hardin - Tim Hardin
50. The Best Of The Guess Who - The Guess Who
51. Phoebe Snow - Phoebe Snow
52. A Whisky Kiss - Shooglenifty
53. It Ain't Easy - Long John Baldry
54. These Foolish Things - Bryan Ferry
55. Harvest - Neil Young
56. Sweet Dreams: The Anthology - Roy Buchanan
57. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
58. Gonna Take a Miracle (with Labelle) - Laura Nero
59. On The Shore - The Trees
60. Toulous Street - The Doobie Brothers
61. Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones
62. American IV: The Man Comes Around - Johnny Cash
63. Light As A Feather - Chick Corea's band, Return To Forever
64. Beethoven Symphien nos 5, 7 Wiener Philharmoniker Carlos Kleiberhestra recording
65. Bad Benson - George Benson
66. Sakura. Japanese Melodies for Flute and Harp - Jean Pierre Rampal & Lily Laskine
67. Mona Bone Jakon - Cat Stevens
68. Songs of Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen
69. Grace - Jeff Buckley
70. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
71. Luck Of The Draw - Bonnie Raitt
72. The Köln Concert - Keith Jarrett
73. So - Peter Gabriel
74. Inside Canyon De Chelly - Paul Horn, Carlos R Nakia
75. Harmonium - Harmonium
76. The Story Of British Folk - from Fairport Convention to Johnny Flynn
77. Women of The World Acoustic- Putamayo Presents
78. Blind Faith - Blind Faith
79. At last - Etta James
80. Sultans of Swing - Mark Knopfler
81. Running on Empty - Jackson Browne
82. Raising Sand - Robert Plant, Alison Krauss
83. Blow by Blow - Jeff Beck
84. S.F. Sorrow - The Pretty Things
85. Promise - Sade
86. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
87. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
88. Synchronicity - The Police
89. Highway 61 The Soundtrack - Various
90. Sail Away - Randy Newman
91. Stardust - Willie Nelson
92. Sweet Baby James - James Taylor
93. Crash - Dave Matthews Band
94. Desire - Bob Dylan
95. Gord’s Gold - Gordon Lightfoot
96. Seven Deadly Sins (Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) - Brecht, Weil
97. Music for Airports - Brian Eno
98. First Time - Roberta Flack
99. Surfacing - Sara McLachlan
100. Harley and Rose - The Black Sorrows
101. Streets of London - Ralph McTell
102. Deja Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
103. American Pie - Don McLean
104. Between the Lines - Janis Ian
105. Simon and Garfiled’s Greatest Hits - Paul Simon, Art Garfunkle
106. The Best of Aretha Franklin - Aretha Franklin
109. Cover Me - Percy Sledge
110. Temptations Greatest Hits - The Temptations
111. John Denver's Greatest Hits - John Denver
112. Tuesday Night Music Club - Cheryl Crow
113. Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette
114. Pearl - Janis Joplin
115. Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman
116. Stop Making Sense - Talking Heads
117. The Best of Sam Cooke - Sam Cooke
118. Marvin Gaye's Greatest Hits - Marvin Gaye
119. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Kate & Anna McGarrigle
120. Ophellia - Ray Charles
121. Time Out - The Dave Brubeck Quartet
122. Getz/Gilberto - Stan Getz, João Gilberto
123. Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan
124. Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue / An American In Paris - George Gershwin
125. Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites (Swan Lake; The Sleeping Beauty; The Nutcraker)
by Berliner Philharmoniker and Mstislav Rostropovich - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
126. The Velvet Underground & Nico - Velvet Underground
127. The Very Best Of Jacques Brel - Jacques Brel
128. Beat - King Crimson
129. The Spirit of India - Ravi Shankar
130. Chronicles: Best of Al Stewart - Al Stewart
131. Mother Sky - Can
132. The Best of Simon and Garfunkel - Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel
133. Rumble! The Best Of Link Wray - Link Wray
134. Live in Cook County Jail - B.B. King
135. Blackwater Side - Bert Jansch
136. Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
137. The Pointer Sisters – The Pointer Sisters
138. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Genesis
139. Abraxas - Santana
140. The Grand Illusion - Styx
141. Sunny Days Again:The Best of Lighthouse - Lighthouse
142. Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus - Spirit
143. Shakti with John McLaughlin - John McLaughlin
144. Five Leaves Left - Nick Drake
145. Pink Moon - Nick Drake
146. Bryter Later - Nick Drake
147. Ladies of the Canyon - Joni Mitchell
148. Walk Under Ladders - Joan Armatrading
149. Pirates - Rickie Lee Jones
150. I'm Your Man - Leonard Cohen
To Support Indie Music
Recently someone asked me: “What's an EP?” So I will explain for anyone who needs to know. EPs are shorter, usually 5-7 tracks long or a total of 35 minutes running time.
In North America it's almost exclusively indie artists who release EPs. In the UK, many popular mainstream and up coming music artists have been releasing music in this format for years. Not so much here . . . yet.
Music downloads took over a while back, but now streaming has fast become even more popular. In essence, the music business has primarily become a ‘singles’ market. Much like the fifties and sixties when people were spinning 45’s on their turntables, people almost exclusively buy songs. When they buy a streaming service they can play the songs they like and create playlists of their own . . . so is the album dead? No, but one thing is clear, it’s much more viable for an indie artists to release several EP’s and/or singles, rather than put out 10 to 14 track albums. It’s a changing market.
Streaming brings in less than pennies per play. In fact, most streaming sites play indie artists for free to lure in new listeners. Unless you can get millions of plays, you don’t make money. Believe me, I did consider permanent retirement.
But, I still think there is hope for the future of indie music. The vinyl market has really taken off in the UK and in Europe. It’s always been the format of choice for serious audiophiles and music collectors, as analog sound quality is by far the better choice. Vinyl comes with large, inspiring cover art, which is an appealing side to record collecting. It’s exciting that many young listeners are now so excited to buy it and are collecting old and new releases on vinyl.
I find it exciting that women in music are breaking new ground lately. UK artist Adele released one of her latest albums exclusively on vinyl. Superstar Taylor Swift publicly sounded off about being ripped off for royalties by big streaming companies. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. Perhaps, a little later, with more pressure from the big name artists, we will see streaming in it’s present form, retired.
Meanwhile, it's up to us to support the indie music artist by buying downloads, compact discs, and vinyl.
EP release date is TBA this summer. Vinyl version of the EP will be coming up later.
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River of Life by Lesley Young
Live in concert at the Parkdale Then and Now Festival
Toronto in June 6, 1998.
River of Life released in 2007 on album Inside
Available on www.lesleyyoung.com
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My band Touchwood was a spin-off of the duo Barker & Young. Bassist Raymond Barker (from Southhampton, England) and I met at The Fallout Shelter (Act for Dissarmament Cafe, Toronto) where I had my first solo gig in 1985.
I have posted two clips from our video (edited from over 30 minutes of VHS tape transferred to digital format). On Stage was aired on Roger’s Cable Television (channel 10) in 1988. It’s cool to see that our audience was so engaged that night!
This week we were in Toronto Mastering the songs for our next release. A plan is in the works to press a short run of vinyl as well as compact discs.