Songs

Music is very important to our family. We like to make it ourselves. Here are a couple of songs we've videoed, partly for your enjoyment, but mostly for ours!

Joan MacIsaac was a wonderful folk singer on the Edmonton scene during my teen years. I Hover Over Your Left Shoulder is a favourite tune of mine that I've sung for many friends over time, so sometimes I sign my letters or emails with that line. Buddy the Budgie steals the show in this one -- see for yourself!





Here's a link to my moodling about Saskatoon Moon, a Connie Kaldor song (from her wonderful Wood River album) that brings me fond Saskatoon memories. My daughter sings so sweetly, don't you think?

And here's another Joan MacIsaac song called The Man Who Does the News. She had a great sense of humour!




And last, but not least, my favourite Joan MacIsaac song of all, When I Can't Play, I'll Sing. A great philosophy for life...

8 comments:

  1. Hi there. I'm so glad to find someone still singing and enjoying Joan MacIsaac's music. Another old friend of Joan's pointed me toward your Youtube videos of Joan's songs, so I found this site. Are you also responsible for posting on Youtube the songs from Joan's two albums? I have been meaning to do something like that for years but never got around to figuring out how. Joan and I went to the same high school, and I wrote the lyrics for a few of her songs. "Eyes of Asia" is on my first CD. Despite her great talent and great heart, Joan's music career predated the Internet and even the CD format, so she has until now been almost invisible even to the mighty Google search engine. Thanks for helping to change that!

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    1. Thanks, Tom! I love, love, love your lyrics to Anniversary Song... and Wintersong, and... did someone really steal a song from you? I'm glad you're still around to keep the music alive. I'm a mediocre musician at best, and am still waiting for someone to re-record the music on Wintersong because I love it all. I don't understand why this music has been sleeping so long... I don't know who posted the albums on Youtube, but I'm glad they did. Best to you! Do you ever come to Edmonton?

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  2. I really like your song Do I need it? I would like to teach it to my middle school students and sing if for a concert. Would you be willing to send me the words and chords?

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    1. Yes, I'd be happy if more kids would get this message into their heads! Email me (under profile) and I'll be happy to send you words and chords.

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  3. Hey greetings from Granada,Spain.
    I heard your song do I need it? in youtube and I loved it...also I listened the best things of life are free and some tears of emotion came out... thankyou for those lovely songs!
    Rafael Collado,Granada, Spain.

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  4. I will be sharing Joan's song "When I can't play" at the Victoria Folk club, and was would like to share something about Joan as an introduction. I heard her in Edmonton in the early 80's and loved her songs and singing and presence. What happened to Joan after the 80's, and is s she still singing?
    Thanks, John

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    1. Hi, John,
      I'm sad to say that Joan died in the mid-eighties -- a huge loss to our community -- but she is still singing on YouTube. I'm like you -- I just followed her around, but perhaps Paul MacIsaac could tell you more. He posted some of her videos on YouTube, and you might be able to send him a message on his page there: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTbv8nig7NFP0lxXhCpGR-w

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