The married members of Nathan, Devin and Keri Latimer (Jon Schledwitz)
"Knowing that the person who knows you the best and accepts you for exactly who you already are, is right beside you sharing the entire experience, is a beautiful thing."
—Keri Latimer on performing in the same band as her husband
Happy Valentine's Day SCENEsters. Seeing that this is the day for love
we thought we'd give you a little piece on musical couples -- and a little Manitoba based musical love story -- that will
show you how love and tuneage go hand in hand.
For musical couples Sonny and Cher first come to mind, along with John and Yoko, or Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash. Of the current uber famous there is Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, and Jay-Z and Beyonce.
In Canada there is no shortage with Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Diana Krall and her British hubby Elvis Costello, while Winnipeg's Chantal Kreviazuk has been together with Our Lady Peace's Raine Maida for quite some time now.
But that is certainly not all. Winnipeg alone has Tracy Bone and J.C. Campbell, while the band Nathan has singer/guitarist Keri Latimer and her husband, bassist Devin Latimer.
On that lovely musical note SCENE decided to ask Keri Latimer what it is like working so close with the one you love.
How did music help you meet?
Music is the reason i moved to Winnipeg, met Devin and discovered my home. Because of the incredibly encouraging and supportive musical community here, I began songwriting in earnest, and Devin began learning bass, and we've been enjoying our musical adventure since.
What's one of the absolute joys of being on stage with the one you love?
When you step out on to the stage, you are offering a vulnerable part of yourself to the audience. Knowing that the person who knows you the best and accepts you for exactly who you already are, is right beside you sharing the entire experience, is a beautiful thing, and a huge source of strength. Another joy is the opportunity to tour with the entire family. Our children love to travel, as they have been on and off the road since they were four months old.
What's the biggest challenge?
It can definitely be a challenge if we are in the middle of any kind of conflict and have to get up on stage and perform. Actually, I am basically a basket case on stage. More often than not, however, whatever petty issues we have before going onstage, seem to be eliminated during the performance, as we cosmically connect our chords.
What are you doing for Valentines?
We're going to the Forks to eat roti and skate with Hazel and Oscar, our two children.