A note from Karen:
"This new album, 'The Flip Side: Well What do we have here!' is unlike any of my previous albums. It is a LOT more fun!
Here comes the pig duet! Click on the arrow below to enjoy this pre-release music video 'Ode to Gertie Ryan', animated by artist Ada Denil.
And go to my music page to purchase the music album."
Ode to Gertie Ryan I wrote for a concert for a woman blacksmith’s convention on International Women’s Day. I wanted a song that fit the occasion, but despite being raised in a rural farming area, I had never met female blacksmiths until that conference. Instead, I drew upon the complexities of annual agricultural exhibitions. Having lived through the women’s movement of the ‘70’s I had a lot swirling around in my head, from playing off the name Gertrude Stein to things I knew about my female relatives’ and ancestors’ lives. Throw in the challenge of making up rhymes that are silly!
Then, when the guys and I started arranging it, we couldn’t resist taking it over the top with sound effects. Listen for multiple musical references and sound effects, including Randy the Auctioneer (That is Larry, who joined me for the pig duet too). The farmhouse is modeled on my own family’s heritage farmhouse and the fairgrounds resemble the Hants County Exhibition Grounds (which is, by the way, where I used to teach motorcycle safety courses). The rooster and chicken chorus is from our neighbour Joe’s flock. I asked him what time of day to come over to record them, and he answered “Well, they’re early birds.” Hence their name.
I loved working with artist, Ada Denil
ALSO: 'The End of Time' from Karen's recent album 'When We're Together' won Best Jazz Song in the World Songwriting Awards, spring, 2022!
Three of her songs from this album were top-ten contenders in their awards in 2021, ('A Song for Mississippi John Hurt' for best Blues, 'Gamecock& His Hen' and 'Feather & Bone' for Best Jazz). 'October 31st' is not on this album, but it was a finalist for best children's song in the International Songwriting Competition, 2021. And 'Cats and Crows' was a top-10 finalist in the 27th annual USA Songwriting Competition's jazz category 2022. They are all available to you on this website.
"What a great time we had playing the TD Halifax Jazz Festival! And the same day, I learned of the World Songwriting Awards Best Jazz Song, spring 2022 award! What a day! " - Karen
“When We’re Together” videos are all now available to you on Youtube: Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGW_SG_sc53DVTn3So6e4Zg
Some of the videos are posted on this website under the photos/videos tab above.
A note from Karen: I think you can tell how much fun I have making music with Larry Bjornson, Dave Staples, David Burton and Chris Mitchell! Scott Ferguson and Mark Sawatzki filmed the show videos. Scott made the "on-site" videos with me and Scott & I edited them.
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All the best to you,
Eastlink TV is broadcasting Karen’s online show "When We're Together" on Eastlink On Demand across Canada. Here is Eastlink’s trailer for the show: https://youtu.be/zU6Ddr5xS10
Audience comments from the video release show in November 2021:
"WOW! YOU KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK!" - SA
Atlantic Seabreeze "gives this album a full 5-star rating out of 5 stars."
Read the review at: http://www.atlanticseabreeze.com/ItemOne.asp?ID=8248
"The show was well-produced, Sound was well mixed and camera angles and fading were well done too. Accessing the show was easy and seamless." - MC
"Very, well done, the overall production was perfect. There was strong chemistry between Karen and the band and it was obvious they loved playing together. Karen’s intro to each song was one of my favourite parts. I really appreciated the insight Karen gave regarding her inspiration and the subtleties in the songs’ arrangements." - SW
"Karen and the band were amazing! What a great group of musicians. I loved the variety in the numbers. I think my favourite was "Breath", very touching." - ES
"Masterfully done. I was drawn in more than I expected for watching the show in a brightly-lit kitchen on an iPad." - AM