It’s been a while since we’ve posted something here. The summer has a way of making you forget that there’s work to be done, though we have indeed been very busy!
First off – Here, in this has been released to the masses. You can buy it here as a digital download for $5, or $6 for the CD (all prices are in Canadian dollars)
Secondly, we had a tonne of fun at the legendary Horseshoe tavern last night. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us. See you again soon!
Stay tuned for more developments and news as we take this journey together.
We played a great show this past Saturday night at Lee’s Palace. Great energy and groove on stage, great vibe from the audience. Solidifies my love for playing live! Every band member brought their own energy and we all fed off it on stage. A great sweaty experience.
Our friend Arnold Poddington was at the gig, and he sent over this recorded video message today. We are pumped about our EP and more live shows!
Peace and love
Coming in July, 5 tracks of pure Companion energy.
Here, In This will be available at www.hellocompanion.ca first.
How’s it going? Well, I hope.
Have you ever written a song? What qualifies as a song? Can it be a simple whistle of the lips that produces a few sweet notes that are some how joined together in a melody? Or is a song a violin concerto composed by the most intelligent and breathtakingly suave European composer? Perhaps it is a 3:30 radio edit made in a Swedish Hit factory? Or is it when a bearded, tortured indie songwriter or sweet, elegant beautiful chanteuse pluck their pain away on a guitar? Any way you look at it, it’s all noise and vibration. I guess it depends on what your personal taste prefers to hear or gets off on.
I have never written a violin concerto, and frankly I would not know where to begin. However, when I sit down at the piano or with a guitar to write a song of “rock/pop/whatever” variety, it can happen in a few different ways. Sometimes it happens in one sitting, other times it can take a long amount of time chipping away at a particular song until it is finished. I wrote the song “Break the Piece” in one sitting, whereas the song “In the night” took parts I had written at different instances (2005 and 2012) which were eventually joined together.
Everyone is different in their process, which is what makes music so great. Here, in the first installment of Songwriters Circle, is legendary roots crooner Arnold Poddington. Enjoy!!
"...listening to as many styles of music as possible is essential"
Art, in any form, is subjective and music is no exception, where one person’s Beatles is another person’s Rancid. What is certain is that with music especially, variety is important and a lot of genres of music are much more connected to each other than you might think. The variety idea is certainly something that is much easier to see today in the instantaneous world of Youtube and Grooveshark, where one can punch in random names and genres and have entire histories of music pop up for consumption. And that’s another thing, consumption; we are no longer “listeners” of music but “consumers” of it. Because it is now so easy to acquire music on the internet, legally or illegally, combined with the advent of larger and larger hard drives, not every piece of music we come across gets the full attention it deserves. I myself am guilty of that, especially since I am somewhat of a completest, and when I find a new artist that I like I used to enjoy collecting as much of their music as I could. If they were an older artist with an extensive back catalog, then watch out! I may not get to listen to all of it or listen to it as much as I should, but at least I “own” the albums, and dedication has to count for something, right? After my computer failed last winter and I lost what I had accumulated I try to be a little more appreciative of the music that I have and the new music that I encounter, and am a little more choosy about what I “consume.”
In terms of the music you choose to listen to, I recommend running the gamut. If you see or hear something you like then listen to it again. If you still like it then take the next step of sitting down and really getting into it, as well as reading books and articles or watching documentaries and movies about these artists. Not all of the information may be accurate or relevant, but the more knowledge you have to filter through the clearer end picture you will have of the musicians that you love. And don’t feel like you’re weird if in the course of an afternoon you move from hip-hop, to metal, to jazz, to techno, and then bring it back down with some funk, it’s all worthwhile. And if you are a musician, listening to as many styles of music as possible is essential, and I highly recommend this if you want to hear how your instrument sounds in different musical contexts.