This week we’ve been working on getting back on track with releasing podcasts + a few other things. Yesterday Rob and I recorded a podcast over the phone with a talented artist from Quebec we met during our time at AMP Camp. His music is blues/folk/rock and has a rockabilly vintage feel, much like his fashion sense. It was great talking to him, reconnecting and listening to his songs. Stay tuned next week to hear more about this artist (we’ll tell you who it is!). Rob and I have also reconnected with another talented AMP Camp artist named Brad Bellegard, from the hip hop group “The Local Onlyz.” We’ve been collaborating on a song with him and have been having a lot of fun doing it. We look forward to getting back into the studio soon to wrap up recording bass, keys, and backup vocals on our album, too. This weekend Rob and I will be seeing our fam over Easter dinner and plan to eat a lot of good things….
Happy Easter everyone!
A beat Rob made for the collaboration with Brad
So…today I’m going to share a song from one of Rob and my favourite albums. The song is called “Sailor Song” and the album is called “The Evening of My Best Day” by Rickie Lee Jones. I’m in love with every single song off of this album. The first time I heard “Sailor Song” I cried.
Gillian and Robert catch up on this episode’s podcast and talk about what they’ve been up to individually and as a band. Conversation covered includes: Rob’s New York trip, concert going, and the recording of the band’s second album.
Acoustic guitar tracks by Lonny Eagleton were recorded last night. What a guitar player! More new main vocal tracks have been added to tracks, as well, this week. I’ve been experimenting more with singing softer, with less force and more breathe. Very fun…
A new Meet the Collective Podcast is coming out soon:
Rob and I sat down the other weekend together to record a podcast to fill you in on what we’ve been up to and to just talk. That podcast will be released early April, sooo soon! We look forward to booking our next new guest.
So….we’ve been in the studio recording and we’ll be back in the studio next week. Rob has some words he’d like to share with you about New York, too. I think I’ve been vicariously living through Rob, and his wife, Tina’s, New York experience this past while. I was having some Patti Smith moments and shared with them a poem Patti had written about New York. Then I started looking through the book I have of hers…Just Kids.
I saw this post (below) up on an art blog, where Patti Smith is talked about, and am trying to figure out if it’s actually something Patti Smith made or said. Apparently it’s from her exhibition Camera Solo. Either way, I think the quote below is something really special.
From Patti Smith’s Camera Solo Exhibit?
I went to see St. Vincent last Tuesday, with Reneltta, a talented artist and very good friend of mine. She’s back for a little bit from a tour she’s been in of Night, a moving theatre piece. Seeing St. Vincent was so great. I saw her a while back opening for Arcade Fire, at Deer Lake Park, when her first album Marry Me, just came out. Ever since seeing her I’ve been a huge fan and thought she was an exceptional vocalist, guitar player, and songwriter. It was really interesting to see how much her stage presence has transformed and changed. There was choreography, stories about making angel wings out of garbage can lids, and a character she assumed. That was another part of the show I enjoyed, quite a bit. Over the months I’ve participated in an ensemble with actors, writers and dancers. I’ve been inspired by the performance aspect of making music. I really don’t know how, if I was to integrate it into a music performance, it would happen; but I think subconsciously what I’ve learned is something that will shine through, even in a small way.
A lot of reflection has happened with the making of our second album: 1.Because of the time in between of not being the studio, and 2. Because of the new experiences Rob, the band, our producer, and I have all gone through while making the album. As much as Rob and I are pushing to have the album out earlier this year, we’re beginning to understand that the extra time we took allowed for the process of finding ourselves in the album. We’re thrilled with the tracks. We feel like it just keeps getting better and better.
In the studio
Happy Friday, everyone! While Rob’s away in NY for about a week, with his wife Tina, much of the Sister Says album is being edited. We have more vocal/guitar/keyboard sessions coming up. I’ve finally had the opportunity this week to work more on booking promo things for our upcoming album (new photos, researching videographers for a video/etc), which has been great. This week I also had the opportunity of working with some amazing, talented, youth for their performance at the Gathering Our Voices (GOV) event, at the Orpheum, in Vancouver. The GOV event was an amazing talent show filled with mainly dance and music performances, showcasing youth all over Canada. This was something I did with the Full Circle Ensemble, I’m part of, which is an ensemble of artists in various disciplines such as theatre, film, music, dance, and writing. We work on workshops for youth, put together projects to present, and appear at theatre/art shows, and sometimes other events where we speak and perform. With the GOV youth our job was warming them up pre-performance, through theatre/vocal warm-ups.
Back to Sister Says….we can’t wait to get back into the studio and book more shows…things are coming along!
Studio shot of where we’re now recording at
Rob and I met up this week with producer and studio engineer Dave Meszaros to come up with some planning around finishing the recording of our second album and to also check out Dave’s new recording space in North Vancouver. It was very nice!
Next week I jump back into the studio to record final vocals for our tracks. I’m really looking forward to it…. We’ll be recording more guitar tracks too, soon.
Also, look out for summer performance dates for Sister Says. We have a few already booked, which we’ll post soon in our event listings:)
Rob checking out the new studio space in North Van
Little review of our album “The Only Way” by Shane Bellegarde over at RezX Magazine.
Check out the digital copy: http://www.rezxmag.com/rezxspringconstantreminder/
I’ve been up to some interesting things outside of music, lately, that are semi-related to what I do in Sister Says. Those things include assisting in marketing and fundraising for an Aboriginal performing arts festival and also recently attending the First Peoples’ Cultural Council – Cultural Protocols & the Arts Forum at the En’owkin Centre. As I juggle life and the many things that happen day to day I’ve realized that music is what grounds me and keeps me from drifting off somewhere. I feel very privileged to be part of so many communities of artists and to hear their stories. It was good for me to pack my little guitar with me to the forum, in Penticton, because, as much as conversation about art and political issues feed the soul, at the same time, I start to get itchy and find it difficult to function without physically making music. I actually kind of lose my mind after a while!! I think most musical people can attest to how this feels. At the forum I kept thinking about the contradiction of life and balance. Maybe there is no perfect balance but what you can do is keep creating and making holistic spaces for yourself and others.