Jack put out an album to my surprise in April (2016) and even let me name one of the songs…A thriving young lad who lightsmyway.
“A collection of songs written over the course of winter 2015, my self-titled debut features a variety of genres. Although inspired by numerous people, this album’s creativity draws from the nature around me.” -Jack Moody (April, 2016)
released April 10, 2016
For the Creative: A collective shock was felt when David Bowie passed this past Sunday, a couple days after his 69th birthday. Choir! Choir! Choir! teamed up with the Art Gallery of Ontario to pay tribute by singing their original arrangement of Space Oddity with 500+ singers. Performance was in Walker Court and here’s how it sounded, looked, and felt.
Interesting commentary found on Word on Fire Blog about Bowie’s death and his last works. His last album shows glimpses of hope for a starving soul.
quoted from the piece:”Most of us are familiar with Bowie’s life and know that, like many rock stars, he was was no paragon of moral virtue, and much of his art was morally questionable at best or downright blasphemous at worst. But despite all of this, he was nevertheless very human – he was searching for hope and meaning in a world that often denies both. Throughout his song, hopeful glimmers pierce through the darkness, especially the beginning and ending verses that serve as reassuring bookends…..We can take heart from this artistic glimpse of hope that David Bowie left us, as well as from these words that his wife wrote on Instagram shortly before the news of his death broke: “The struggle is real, but so is God.”
Best song on Black Star (in my humble opinion): I Can’t Give Everything Away
To welcome the new year, we’re bringing you an amazing performance from two American banjo player legends, Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck. They perform Hao Huo Hong literally meaning Good Flower Red.
The lyrics speak about the small red flowers that make up the blossoms of the pears trees on the mountains above the Yan River. Abigail Washburn relates the song’s history and the significance of the red flower in China:
“Hao Hua Hong is an age-old folk song from the native Buyi people who live in the high mountain forests of Guizhou. I learned the song from a record of the artist Gong Linna called Traditional Chinese Folk Songs. Every time this song would go by as I listened to her record I was moved by the quality of her voice and the idea of one small red leaf making a mountain to look of fire.”