There is a certain freedom in singing someone else’s song. I’ve always loved choosing songs from the 70′s & 80′s, ones I know the words to only because it played on AM radio while I was young and I didn’t care about the band, just the chorus & affectation placement. Interpreting them sheds a new light on the message for me.
I also love singing songs written by my friends. I’m lucky to know so many great songwriters who write songs I wish I had written. So I borrow their songs too and hope to spread their gospel along the way.
I’m excited to share this new little EP I made called “STRAY BIRDS”. It’s a special collection of cover songs, like I describe above, some you might know and some by my friends. I have also included TWO NEW SONGS that I have been playing for the last year or so, STRAY BIRDS & FARMER’S WIFE.
With my winter broken elbow, I learned how to develop B&W film, and print in the darkroom, something I hadn’t done since high school. It was a great way to spend the dark season, shooting the light against the film, using the dark to bring light back to photograph. The photo on the cover is one I took, developed and printed of my father’s hands, holding a new chick in spring, on the farm in PEI. This may be my favourite part.
OUT SEPT 2, 2014
1) If You Could Read My Mind – Gordon Lightfoot
2) Shake – Lori McKenna
3) Stray Birds – Rose Cousins
4) What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner
5) Farmer’s Wife – Rose Cousins
6) Tired Eyes – Mark Erelli
“may my heart be forever stirred
and music be the holy word
and you and I be stray birds”
Hope you enjoy!