Submitted by Chris and Lin Gibbins. Recording information from David Budd.
Report from Audrey Pearson: Well, we got soaked in Vancouver. This
is the true testament to Bruce's music: You can sit in the rain for an hour
and a half and not notice. I headed down to Stanley Park early so I could
pedal around and enjoy the park (this was before the rain came). I caught
the sound check, which consisted of all new/unrecorded songs, including three
I haven't heard any mention of yet. I was only able to write down a
sentence or so of each:
"Dances the truth, it's everywhere." I couldn't hear this one too well.
"The village idiot takes the throne." A political song. Lots of
anger in this one. In fact, this song and Trickle
Down have the anger in his songs
I haven't heard for a while.
"You've got no home in this world of sorrows." I wrote in my notes: "beautiful, complex." This one will takes several listens to absorb all the imagery. It was also to me more "Bruce-like," i.e. the electronica influence is gone. I really liked this one.
Bruce played his heart out, in part because we were getting soaked. He played
Trickle Down, and mentioned an
article about economics written by
John Kenneth Galbraith in the Globe and Mail.
And Ron Sexsmith is definitely worth checking out. He writes beautiful, intelligent
songs. He's a good match to open for Bruce. I can imagine he
is like Bruce was 25 years ago. Bruce said "Ron writes some really beautiful songs, doesn't he?" Bruce also said he would have been happy to
spend the evening just thinking about everything Ron said in his songs. Ron's new album will be coming out soon, August or September. He's a
young one. Definitely someone to watch as he continues along in his career.