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Errol's Pick

Ben Harper, the acclaimed singer and guitarist, and his mother Ellen Harper had talked about making a record together for the last 15 years. They finally did it and it arrived in stores last week. "Childhood Home" is an all-acoustic affair featuring mother and son harmonizing beautifully on songs about the intricacies of family life and the world around them. And the tunes feature memorable lines like "A house is a home even when there's ghosts, even when you've got to run from the ones who love you most. A house is a home where the chores are never done, where you spend your whole life running to and from". "Childhood Home" gestated for a good 15 years, according to Ben Harper. In an interview, Ellen said that Ben had noticed her writing songs and making demos so he asked her (quote): "Well, what are you going to do with those songs?" And I said, "Well, record them with you eventually!". "Childhood Home", which features six songs written by Ben and four by his mother, were recorded in 12 days in Ben's studio in LA. The two are touring Europe and no Canadian dates have been announced yet.

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