Need Some Fuel For Your Writing?

Just stumbled on a blog for writers who, like me, get inspired by music, need music on while writing, or heck just love music period.  I also love themed playlists and enjoy making my own for the computer and for mixed CDs (yeah, I’m still a bit old school, I know).  The site has a wide variety of YouTube playlists, something for everyone likely.  Favourite them there if you have a YouTube account, use them for inspiration to come up with your own, or simply discover some new tunes/artists you haven’t come across before.

Blog author, Leah K. Oxendine, has certainly used some creativity in compiling the lists.  Some of their titles include:
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I Wore It, Rocked It, & Bluesed It

Me Blues Festival

This past weekend, I was a lucky gal.  I spent my time from Thursday through Sunday over in Kitchener helping out a friend of mine who co-owns Kava Bean Bistro in the downtown core.  I was there to give him and the rest of the team an extra set of hands, legs, wheels, and maybe some laughs while the Kitchener Blues Festival was taking place all around them.  And yes, as you can see in the pic to the left … I wore that gosh darn hat!  I didn’t just wear it, I ROCKED IT!  The festival t-shirt and the sponsor backstage VIP pass helped a little too.

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Canada’s Birthday Present To The World: Great Music!

Well, it wouldn’t be Canada Day if I didn’t post a playlist to celebrate the grand occasion so here is your third installment of Canadian Eh? music.

Medley of tunes by the RCMP Pipes & Drum Corps and Scottish Dancers.  RCMP stands for Royal Canadian Mounted Police or also known here as our Mounties.

“The Weight”   ∼   The Band.  I think you might recognize the song, but did you know they were from Canada?

“Somewhere Down The Crazy River”   ∼   Robbie Robertson.  The guy who wrote “The Weight”, above.  World-renowned in his own right too.

“Hallelujah”   ∼   Leonard Cohen.  One of my favourite writers of song.  So many great covers of this out there too.  Bon Jovi’s is my pick.

“Button Box”   ∼   Walter Ostanek.  Canada’s Grammy award-winning Polka King.
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Aye B’y, I Got Some More Canajun Music There Hosers

Massey Hall

Last week, in response to a Daily Prompt, I posted a Canadian music playlist.  Well, I have so much great Canadian music in my library, I thought I’d share some more with you.

But first, a note about this picture.  It’s Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario.  Those infamous red doors have been welcoming concert-goers since 1894.

Picture by Danielle Scott on  (public domain)


Now, onto your Canadian Eh? playlist #2 …

“This Beat Goes On / Switchin’ To Glide”   ∼   The Kings.  This song is from the first cassette that I owned (that didn’t come with a story book that is).  Wore several of these cassettes out I’m sure.

“We’re Here For A Good Time”   ∼   Trooper.  First live band I saw.  This song and others by Trooper were played at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

“Making It Work”   ∼   Doug & The Slugs.  Saw them a few times at a bar one of my high school friend’s dad owned in London, Ontario.

“Voodoo Boogie”   ∼   Jack de Keyzer.  Bar-hopped to see this guy perform his blues and even ran into him a few times in our neighbourhood (he lived near me) during my time in Toronto.

“Let’s Shout”   ∼   Colin James.  And yet another great Canadian blues player and rock, pop, and even swing too.  Saw him in his early years a few times.
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