How honoured I felt to be invited to sing some songs of hope for the Artspace residents as they struggle with the union. Don’t they have enough struggles to deal with as it is?
I cannot believe that this music journey that started on Feb. 22nd, 2014 has finally come to a close ( for now!) .
E.J. Lajeunesse boasts a beautiful theatre with plenty of room for audience and performers alike. The stage was so expansive that it was easy to fit all of us who were in the large HOPE IS band. Although we had a decent crowd of wonderful supporters they seemed dwarfed in an amphitheatre that seats 400!
But I am so very very happy to say that our last concert was also a wonderful success and we had some lovely, moving comments about the night afterwards. I felt very good about the show and I am very pleased with the sound that Joe Collins at Polaris Studio provided.
It was also so much fun to surprise my sister, Mary, with a spotlight on her own original music. It was Mary’s 50th birthday that actual night so instead of playing one of my new tunes at the end of the first half …I asked Mary if she would mind performing one of HER tunes for us all. The band soon caught on to the music and Paula and I were able to assist with some impromptu backup harmonies.
Of course we sang happy birthday with the audience and presented Mary with a cake.
What an amazing honour to play with these great players. And SO incredible to play with Dominique Roy, our trumpet/keyboard player who came in from Edmonton..via his visit to Toronto to play for me. I flew in the great Albert Felicitas too from Edmonton to play keyboards as well and of course his wife, Paula, was also with us from Edmonton.
Mary and Paula were beautiful as always with their perfect harmonies but we missed our sister, Pamela’s voice . ( Pam is in Vancouver at the moment) .
All the planning, all the travelling, all the hiring and all the renting( or borrowing) of musical equipment is all worth it to me. The beautiful supportive smiles I witnessed while performing and the incredible comments I have received about the music make it all worth it.
I am so lucky to have had Mary East by my side with regards to planning this entire journey and I had lots of help with the moving of all the equipment in and out of the various venues too. My husband, Terry, allowed me to chase this dream . Can you imagine how amazing it was to have Terry ‘open’ for me at the 4 largest shows and to stand near me with his beautiful bass playing and singing?
And I know it isn’t ‘luck’ . The blessings I have received have been a hundred fold. Now my hope is that people that have received the new music from HOPE IS will find blessings too . Our world needs hope. We need to be that hope for others.
Times will continue to be challenging in our world . But I believe that if we can ‘open the eyes of our hearts’ we will see the great love that God has for us . We might not be able to ‘ put our fingers in the wounds ‘ as Thomas did but we might do good to remember the words of Jesus, ” Blessed our those who have NOT seen and yet believe ” . There is great hope in these words.
Let’s keep hope alive!
Whenever I can I like to go to care centres in different cities to sing for the folks there : patients, their families, visitors and caregivers. Today was ” Met ” Hospital and it was a very positive experience. It was so much fun to watch the nurses gathering to chat about the tunes ( I was told it was all good…ha ha) , the folks in wheelchairs , smiling, giving us the thumbs up and even the ladies in the gift shop conducting us from afar.
The ‘us’ in this case was my sister, MaryAnne East , and my husband, Terry. All three of us took turns on guitar and vocals and we would sing harmonies for each other too. It feels good to bring ” Hope Is ” to folks. I only pray that this wee hour of music could actually bring actual hope to at least one person.
We certainly gained much from the experience and I am so happy for this chance.
Terry Bachynski started the show off right with his funny and inspirational , original tunes…complete with powerpoint!
We had the privilege to play to a packed, supportive house and the sound was crisp and the band was tight. What a joy to sing this hopeful music. I have already heard that some folks were touched by the songs and for that I am grateful.
Thank you to all who helped make the evening a great success and thanks be to God!
Meeting the Bombadils in London, Ontario for a one night only concert at the Black Shire Pub was such a fun night. They performed an incredible set with their wonderful, Blue Grass/Folk/Original music and then I performed a set with my 2 sisters and fellow singers, MaryAnne East and Pamela Pellizzari.
The best part was the 3rd set when we combined our efforts and the incredible Bombadils played with MY music and they had never seen it or rehearsed with us before. I wish more people could have heard this wonderful sound but you should definately check out the Bombadils at http://www.thebombadils.com.
Good luck ….to all of us as we head to our next concerts….them to Toronto and myself to Windsor.
Check out this live performance of ‘ My Prince ‘ at the Edmonton CD Release April 5th.
Ha ha. For some reason my website is giving me ( and you ) grief over buying tickets here.
SO : for the May 23rd show ….press here…:
For the May 31st show go to my UPCOMING
EVENTS listing , press on that date then press in the white ( ghost?) space after the word ‘ tickets ‘ . This should bring you to Etix.
SO excited about our Mother’s Day Show on May 11th at the Black Shire Pub on Talbot Street in London, Ontario.
What a great way to relax with Mom and hear some tunes you can tap your toes to or to fill up your heart with hope and joy.
I hope you can join me/ us there…..
Easter saw/sees me spending quality time with my family in Vancouver. What a BEAUTIFUL time to visit this province! Rehearsing is just a joy as I look out of my wee apartment window onto the small , as of yet green garden. Perhaps a new song will emerge this week .
Only one more week here and then off for the whole month of May to the Eastern Canada leg of my tour…starting with London, Ontario. I can see why people call it the ‘gift’ of music.
My heart is full. And so was the room…ha ha ! What an incredible evening we all had last night. Sold out house, tight band, great sound again from my daughter, Emily Loewen, and the most supportive, wonderful audience. I still can’t believe that I am even living this incredible dream of creating music …and that people are finding some joy in it all. The Holy Spirit moves in amazing ways and I am so honoured to share this gift . I think everyone had a good time . I KNOW I did. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and to those who couldn’t…you were missed!