March 18, 2022

Leif Vollebekk comes to Phoenix

 Since discovering Leif's music a few years back, I've looked forward to the day I'd see him live. Last night, St. Patrick's Day 2022, was the night. Leif is back on a big tour, and thankfully he was booked into a cool small Phoenix club called Valley Bar - a speakeasy style venue that's accessible from a downtown  back alley off Central Avenue, down a flight of stairs. Really cool vibe. 

Leif hails from Montreal, Canada, and his whole essence as a musician is infectious. He pours his heart & soul into his performances. You see him lost in the music, closing his eyes, waving his head - the same kind of soul-shaking moments at the piano and keys you'd see from Ray Charles.  And that voice man.. soulful, smooth with that ever so slight raspy-ness. Just gorgeous to watch and hear live. 

The night was spontaneous, straying from the set list for moments like Prince's early 80's B-side "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore" (maybe in response to a fan in the front row who was wearing a Prince shirt, as Leif pointed out). 

As the pandemic decides to subside a bit for now, it's intimate live moments like this I'm so glad to have back - a chance to stand 20 feet from a great musician, watching it happen in the moment. 

Leif's song "Transatlantic Flight" is one that resonates most with me.  I captured it all here.. enjoy.


February 05, 2022

Ribbon of Darkness

 This song has been percolating happily in my headspace for a good month or two now. From a 2003 tribute to Gordon Lightfoot, here's the great Bruce Cockburn with a submlime take on Gord's "Ribbon of Darkness."



January 15, 2022

Jonesey's Tribute to Ronnie Spector

I can't stop watching this tribute to Ronnie Spector from Steve Jones (guitarist for the Sex Pistols, L.A. radio personality). Just beautiful. 


January 03, 2022

Nightflyer

Is this the best song of 2021? I can't think of a better one..