Hogeveen Hallelujah

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The past six months have been busy for me – starting a new job with Newton Aviation as an Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, moving three times, planning a wedding, and finding a new place to live in Edmonton, Alberta, where I will be living with my wife for the next few years. However, I still love making music as much as I ever have, and I managed to find time to work together with my roommate, a young up-and-coming artist named William Hogeveen. His voice has an amazing range and is comparable to Ron Sexsmith in timbre – he uses a similar vibrato style. As soon as I heard it, I knew a recording session was in order.

We put together a beautiful and passionate cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, recorded at home in the dank basement of an old duplex on the North Shore in Kamloops. This song does a great job of showcasing his vocal potential, and was also an opportunity for him to get a feel for music production. I played drums and accordion, and I did the mixing and mastering for him. This is definitely my new favourite version of this iconic song:

If you like the song, please click the link to download! He would definitely appreciate the support, and the download is free. You can also follow him on Youtube.

Snowflakes

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I wrote this song from a poem written by my sister, Rebecca. Her words in this piece always remind me of the old jazz classics, so I felt I had to give it a shot and put her work to music. This was my first successful attempt at composing the music after the lyrics were already completed.

After trying to sing the song myself and having mixed results, my friend Michelle Stephen suggested we try it with a female vocalist. She graciously lent her voice to this, and I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

Jessica Wong has created an adorable image to accompany this track, and I cannot help but smile every time I see it. She perfectly captures the aesthetic of light-hearted innocence and joy, full of the longing expectation we experience during the season of Advent. You can see more of her work on her website.

I am so grateful to all my friends and family who have helped me out with this project. Your feedback and encouragement has been invaluable, and I could not have made this happen without you. A special thank-you to my sister Rebecca for writing such a well-crafted poem, to Michelle Stephen for singing so beautifully, and especially to Jessica Wong for creating such a wonderful image to accompany this track.

Lyrics:

Stilted, jilted
Slightly wilted
Wavering on the spot
Look up…

Coldness tickles
Wetness trickles
Softly blurring the world as I…
Breathe in…

Filled, and now stilled
Building tension
Brimming with joy
Look down…

The world, lighter
The trees are brighter
A heart is settled again…
Sigh out…

This one has been several years in the making; it is packed with sonic gems and built to withstand replays for years to come. I hope this song can find it’s way onto your Christmas playlist to help you put aside the cares of the winter and take time to relax and enjoy the beauty around you, whatever season you are in. To download the track free, just enter $0 into the purchase line at Checkout. You can then enter your email address at which you will receive your download link.

New Single on Bandcamp

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I like to spend my Christmas break making recordings in my home studio. So I took this song, written just a few weeks ago for one of my UBC courses, and built some sound textures and vocal harmonies around it. This is the first time I decided to include some toms, which gave it a pretty driving rhythm in the second half of the song. If you would like to read more about why I wrote this song, check out my previous blog post and video here.

Enjoy!