There are lots of great songs about being a musician, and this is my new favourite. It is off her awesome record, I Love You, Go Easy, which was produced by the remarkable Toronto-based songwriter Sandro Perri. I think you can hear Sandro's unique sensibilities here.
My first songwriting mentors offer this great, raucous, joyful tune, featuring the excellent Wab Kinew. Coincidentally, I had a blue jay call metaphor all lined up for a song in progress when I heard this, and had to start over as they beat me to it with a superior one: "The rusty pump of a jay's forest communique." Brilliant.
Vancouver/Toronto songwriter Ida Nillson is one of my favourites. I saw her perform this beautiful song unaccompanied in a basement bar in Berlin a few years ago. She was opening for a band doing Slayer covers translated into Klingon.
I just finished a really swell tour with Michael "Snailhouse" Feuerstack in Ontario. He's going by his own name now and will have a record out next year sometime, but there are plenty of super Snailhouse songs to tide us over. "Airwaves" is the one I've played most this week, according to the computer.
Calexico might be my favourite contemporary band. Their new record, Algiers, is full of surprsing moments and the brilliance we've come to expect. The exceptionally catchy "Splitter" is my current most played.
The winner of the ECHO songwriting prize will be announced on Oct. 19. Listen to the nominees and vote for your favourite here. Voting closes Oct. 10.