Nova Scotia Summerfest
Friday, August 19th
With Jim Henman and Bruce Dixon
A Review for CASHBOX CANADA by Don Graham
“A true artist must create. It’s not just a desire it’s a must. It’s their oxygen, their life blood, it’s their raison d’être. Canadian icon Myles Goodwyn has written enough hits and memorable songs in his career to be able to sit back and look at his body of work and take a well- deserved rest. He’s written enough songs to make him Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame worthy and it’s surprising that he hasn’t been recognized by the Hall as of yet.
But Goodwyn continues to write, record and tour with his band, April Wine, his blues group and his acoustic trio show, Just Between You and Me, and now a brand new solo album, ‘Long Pants’, has just dropped, no pun intended, and it’s a gem. It’s a little different from what you’ve heard before from Goodwyn, a side of him that will appeal to his current fans and garner this legendary icon a whole new audience.
The opening track and lead single “Right Myself” (co-written with Lennie Gallant) is a breezy ocean kind of song that’s percussive, melodic, hopeful and radio friendly. This track just makes you smile and want hear what’s next. The next track “You’re In My Thoughts, You’re In My Heart”, features a big acoustic sound and the trademark Myles Goodwyn vocals delivering a message of hope to people separated by the restrictions of the last couple of years.
“Forever Amber” is beautiful ode to Myles’ daughter, written on the day she was born while “Talk To Me ” was written for his son and features some signature Goodwyn guitar licks and encouraging lyrics.
Myles Goodwyn”Over The Moon” written for his youngest son to help him to deal with his Type 1 juvenile diabetes, “Carry on my son and realize you’ve done nothing wrong. It’ll be better soon, and you’ll be over the moon.”
This is followed by “Kittens”, a fun and silly song written for his kids when they were little – a grin inducing little tune. “Princess Rain” is a beautiful testament to Myles’ life partner, Kim. Inspired and inspiring.
“Darling Where You? ( And A Blue Wind Sighs )” is for the missing and murdered Indigenous women and children in North America, with spoken words by another Canadian icon and supporter of Indigenous rights, Tom Jackson, who also is the spoken verse on the track.
That moving track is followed up by “Some Of These Children (They Never Grew Up)” is for the unmarked graves of the Indigenous children in the Catholic Residential School system, stain it left on our souls, a very moving tribute.
“Will The Last Voice I Hear Be An Angel” is a deeply spiritual song, contemplating our own mortality ‘will the last voice i hear be an angel? Will I leave this world peacefully? Will the last voice I hear be an angel?, saying take my hand and walk with me’ while “I Leave Today” deals with the sensitive subject of assisted suicide.
The album closes with bonus track “For Ukraine” a song of solidarity with the people of Ukraine dealing with the Russian invasion.
‘Long Pants’ is the perfect title for this collection as this Myles Goodwyn as an adult, mature, sensitive and in touch with his soul but showing he still has the heart of rock ‘n’ roll beating in his chest.”
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New music video: Darling, Where are You?
Indigenous Peoples Day
Today is Indigenous Peoples Day.
In recognition of this special day, I’m releasing this new video and tune from my solo recording LONG PANTS, out June 23.
Please share. Thank you.
Witten by Myles Goodwyn. Published by Northern Goody Two Tunes for Civilian Records. Copyright Northern Goody Tunes. 2022. Additional, spoken lyrics, by Tom Jackson. Audio recording by Scott Ferguson and FMP Matrix Studios. Produced by Myles goodwyn and Scott Ferguson From Myles Goodwyn solo recording, LONG PANTS, 2022. This beautiful collaboration was brought to you by the creative mind of Myles Goodwyn, Kalo Johnson, Deedee Austin and Tom Jackson. Many thanks to all the drummers, dancers, artists and volunteers from the Mi’kmaw community. So many amazing and talented people contributed to this video with a very important message of creating awareness of the crisis surrounding Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls and the Calls to Justice. Directed by Jay Lafrentz, and sponsored by Eskasoni Band Council, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, and Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Thanks to the planning committee, at the Eskasoni High School and Native Women’s Association of Nova Scotia and MP Jaime Battiste for helping bring us all together. Enjoy and please share.
Long Pants, coming down, June 23/22.
Myles Goodwyn’s Induction into Casino NS Music Hall of Fame
MMIWG music video filmed in Eskasoni First Nation
Myles Goodwyn of April Wine collaborated with the Mi’kmaw community to raise awareness
Oscar Baker III · CBC News · Posted: May 28, 2022 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: May 28
Eskasoni First Nation members will be featured in the latest music video for Myles Goodwyn of the Canadian hard rock band April Wine.
April Wine formed in Halifax and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
Goodwyn said he wanted a way to amplify Indigenous voices around the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls issue. The song, Darling Where Are You, centres around the pain of missing a loved one.
For the project, he collaborated with Kalolin Johnson to sing and translate lyrics into Mi’kmaw.
“It was brilliant and it was so much fun,” said Goodwyn, 73, who is based in Halifax.
“I don’t know the Mi’kmaw language … but it was a very special experience working with Kalo Johnson.”
Johnson said it was a joy to work with Goodwyn. Now 22, she has been singing since she was nine and is fluent in the Mi’kmaw language. She said singing is part of her identity and is honoured each time she sings in her language.
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When she was approached to collaborate on this project and heard it dealt with raising awareness about violence against Indigenous women, she knew she wanted to be a part of it.
“The start for awareness and change it begins with in us so we can help the health and safety of our nations,” said Johnson.
She said she thinks the video is special because it features her community.
The music video was filmed over two days in Sydney, N.S., and Eskasoni First Nation.
Eskasoni is nestled between mountains and Bras d’Or Lake, and the video was filmed on Goat Island on the edge of the reserve. Community members were adorned in regalia and traditional items to take part in the music video.
Johnson said that’s all special for her community.
“You get to see a piece of yourself in those videos,” said Johnson.
Goodwyn said his experience in Eskasoni was beautiful and the people were kind.
The four and a half minute song will be released as part of Goodwyn’s next album Long Pants, which drops June 23. The music video is set to come out June 21 on YouTube during National Indigenous Peoples Day.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Oscar Baker III is a Black and Mi’kmaw reporter from Elsipogtog First Nation. He is the Atlantic region reporter for CBC Indigenous. He is a proud father and you can follow his work @oggycane4lyfe
Ukraine Benefit May 14th 2022
Kim and I had a wonderful experience yesterday at a Ukraine benefit organized by Chris and Lauralee Lewis. Pictured is the Zhurakhova family that arrived from Ukraine last Saturday. Shown here at the airport in Halifax are from left to right: mother, Ruslana, cousin Olena, son Roman, greeting the family is Lauralee and in the front, five-year-old Kateryna.
There is also a picture of Andrii Mereshchuk,, president of the Ukraine Canadian Congress, Nova Scotia division, and family.
Brother, JD Fortune, hosted the event and did a great job.
Stay safe. PEACE.