Thank You for the Music

ABBA, was the biggest export from Sweden in the 70’s, at least as far as music was concerned. They remained on the billboard from 1974 to 1982, when they disbanded. Interest in the band was revitalized when tunes from their songbook were transformed into the musical Mama Mia – first on stage in 1999, andContinue reading “Thank You for the Music”

Long Hard Climb

Composed by Ron Davies in the early ’70s and covered by countless artists in a myriad of ways – a sweet, sad, timeless classic. By the time Ron Davies died in 2003, he had written more than 600 songs – he will live on in his songs. Helen Reddy version (1973): Satterfield version (1976):Continue reading “Long Hard Climb”

The Need to Be

Esther Satterfield’s version : was released in 1976. Her voice, one of unbelievable haunting beauty, is to be found on only a few recordings. First introduced to us through Chuck Mangione, Esther had a short career in the spotlight before retiring. She is surely missed by those who adored her. To for-fill to needContinue reading “The Need to Be”


Carole King’s LP Tapestry was released when I was in the early years of high school. I was finally old enough to take the train by myself to visit my older sister who lived in the big city, but not old enough yet to have to go away to work for the summer months. IContinue reading “Tapestry”

God Bless the Child

Originally written as a jazz standard by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr. in 1939, the song God Bless the Child became one of Blood, Sweat and Tears biggest hits when their version was released in 1968. Over the years, the song has been covered by many jazz and rock greats, and even Lisa Simpson.Continue reading “God Bless the Child”

Timeless Melodies

Nov 20/19. Koerner Hall, Benefit Concert for Peacebuilders Canada, featuring David Clayton-Thomas, with special guest Genevieve Marentette. For many of us, the tunes that we listened to so deeply in our youth, stay with us deep in the crevices of our hearts, minds and memories no matter how old we get. Whenever we hear themContinue reading “Timeless Melodies”

What the World Needs Now

In my youth I was a HUGE fan of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. I knew all the tunes and all the words of all their songs. Many of their songs are timeless, and still resonate with truth all these years later. One that has been stuck in my brain lately is What the WorldContinue reading “What the World Needs Now”

Music Soothes the Soul

Nov 2. Toronto Sings the Breithaupt Brother’s Songbook Tonight at Koerner Hall in downtown Toronto, we were treated to an absolutely fabulous evening of song, hosted by Don and Jeff Breithaupt. Performers included a stellar lineup of Canadian vocalists and musicians, including: Heather Bambrick, Jackie Richardson, Marc Jordan, Denzal Sinclair, Patricia O’Callaghan, Shelley McPherson andContinue reading “Music Soothes the Soul”