Half Way There
Half Way There is a folk song that tells the story of a stopping place and depot farm located in North Renfrew that operated in the late 1800 servicing the booming lumber industry of the time. Established and run by Xavier Pilon, his farm was know as Halfway House. It was located half way between Deux Rivieres and Brent (Cedar Lake) along a tote road (wagon road) that horse-drawn wagons and sleighs would travel to haul men and supplies into the areas where logging operations were happening. The farm was abandoned in around 1930 or 1940, and only ruins remain today in what seems to be a random place in the wilderness. From the hundreds of horseshoes left in waste piles, it must have been a significant place at one time. Halfway House is one of my favorite places to visit.
I Favour You
I Favour You is a romantic song about having an "interest" in another person, whether at the very start of a relationship or perhaps constrained by being in a professional working relationship. How many television shows and movies have you seen where an interest evolves between work partners but the interest remains only as an interest?. That tension is what inspired this upbeat folk song. This video was recorded at a folk show at Batstone's Northern Ramble in Renfrew Ontario on 2020 January 31. Please also check out the version of this song that was recorded with backing musicians on my album, The River.
Another Chance is a folksy love song about making decisions in life and if you were to somehow go back in time would you make the same decisions regarding what to study at school, what type of job to take to put food on the table, where to live and most importantly who to spend the rest of your life with. This video was shot at the Bernard Childs Auditorium in Deep River, Ontario, before an audience of about 400. Please check out the version of this song recorded with a full band on my album, The River.
Stone Fences pays tribute to the hardships that European settlers had to endure when they established farms in the late 1800s along the Opeongo settlement road in Ontario (Canada). They were tasked with turning stony forested hills into farmland and this difficult work was done over decades with only horses and by hand. As demanding as this work would have been, settling in the rugged lands of Canada was a huge improvement to the lives of these immigrants. Today, a century later, wonderful traditions of these European folks perpetuate, and the stone fences created remain today, marking the tremendous efforts of the settlers. This video was shot at a house concert in Bonnechere Valley (Ontario). Please check out the version of this song with a full band on my album, The River.
Borrowed Time pays tribute to the life and times of Hector Audet, my father. He was son of Charles Wilfred Audet, grandson of Joseph Audet and a descendant of Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe. He was a family man, an Engineer, an outdoors enthusiast, an artist, a sportsman, and more. At age 56 he was diagnosed with cancer, but the treatment did not provide a cure. He passed away 2 years later after a difficult battle. He worked many years with a view to enjoying an active retirement, but that wasn't in the cards for him. This song is for you dad!
Over You (David Francey cover)
I know a guy who owns and manages a cave. Lucky me. The cave formed in a sequence of Ordovician limestone. Its odd to think that a hundred million years ago there was a sea occupying much of the area here in Canada. Nevertheless, the acoustics in the caves (Bonnechere Caves, Douglas, Ontario) are beautiful (cathedral) and inspiring. And then there's David Francey: one my favorite folk music artists. I find his songwriting and guitar playing are absolutely beautiful. Over You is a breakup song (not getting over the breakup).
Hear You Sing, at McCool Mill
Hear You Sing is a song about relationships and lasting love. This cool song has to be played and recorded in as many places as possible, like here in side an incinerator at an old derelict sawmill in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada. Take note of the guitar tones; drop-D tuning on my aged Taylor guitar is best served with finger-picking. Those deep tones should warm your spirit. Please check out the version of this song recorded with a full band on my album, The River.
Hear You Sing, at Feather Island Boat Concert
This is a video of Hear You Sing performed during a boat concert on Feather Island at Lake Clear, Bonnechere Valley (minus the first few seconds of the song). Over 40 boats attended the 60 minute sunset concert. The cliffs on the adjacent island provided beautiful natural acoustics. Many people absolutely loved being entertained from the comfort of their boat on an evening with perfect weather. Feather Island is a popular picnicking spot on Lake Clear.
All the Way (John Prine cover)
I love John Prine's music. Here's one of my favorites. All the Way is a love song, most likely written before he wrote All the Best, which is a good bye song (another favorite of mine).
Illegal Smile (John Prine cover)
Illegal Smile is another great John Prine Song. This video is brought to you in honor of 2018 October 17, which is the date when the recreational use of cannabis was made legal in Canada. The song is not supposed to be written about cannabis, but .... you decide for yourself!.
Superman's Song (Crash Test Dummies cover)
Superman's Song, written by the Crash Test Dummies, is one of my favorite cover songs, although I'm never entirely sure how to introduce it. Here it is, performed in the beautiful Bonnechere Caves near Douglas, Ontario. I don't know why I didn't play it a bit slower, but so be it. If you play the song to the end, there's a bit of chatter, then a second song, Stone Fences (one of mine, from my album The River). Visit the Bonnechere Caves some time.