Canadian Musician - July/August 2017 - Page 36

Hawksley Workman, Jean Martin, Daniel Romano, and Joshua Van Tassel all get production or co-writing credits. But Slean’s first and arguably most important collaborator was a young boy. When her time on her farm had run its course, she headed back to Toronto. After finding an apartment, she was offered an interesting proposition: reduced rent if she taught her new landlady’s son about singing and music. “I don’t know what it was, but I think connecting with this kid and just singing show tunes in my apartment, it just reacquainted me with how much I love music – all kinds of music, how fun it is and how uplifting it can be,” she says. “It’s this simple, beautiful phenomenon. Every human being on Earth sings. I think it was there the music started coming out. It was maybe a note to my- self that it doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be an epic masterpiece, it can just be a song.” Those teaching sessions led to the writing of what would become the first track on the album, “Perfect Sky.” The song starts with a simple, muffled kick drum pattern that mimics the human heart – a flawed, easily damaged, delicate organ, and a reminder that the best things in the world aren’t necessarily perfect. Other pieces followed, inspired by equally incredible- yet-mundane interactions. “Every Rhythm Is the Beat” came from an unusual encounter on a train several years ago that led to a life-altering conversation. During a recent interview on CBC’s Fresh Air, Slean told the story of finding herself talking to an intimidating, armed man while taking public transport. Their conversation got emotional. The man cried as he told Slean about his years caught in a cycle of selling drugs. The two stayed in touch over the ensuing years, and recently Slean re- ceived a message from the man. He had been stricken by cancer but had found solace during his recovery in poetry and music. “My takeaway from that experience is that, in this really profound way, we kind of are each other,” explains Slean. “In the physical realm, we feel very distinct and separate. My thoughts are my thoughts and my hunger is my hunger and my sadness is my sadness. But in some way, we are so not separated. 5)ɥݥѠѡ́ͽ͕)ѡЁͽхѱ݅丁%ЁЁ͕́ͼ)Ѽ+q!ͅѼ܁Ё݅ͻeЁɥ)ݡЁ͕݅́՝́ȁݡд)ٕȸMѥѡɔЁхѼ$)Ցи$݅́ЁѽххѡЁѡ)ͽ݅́ɥ́ͽհѼ Ё$ѡѡЁ݅́ѡɽ)ѡЁ$啐ѡЁѕɅѥ啐ٕɽչ)ɽȁѡЁѕɅѥt)Qݼչѕѽɥ́ٽ٥ݼٕ)ɕЁMЃLɑ)ɥЁ ЁѠ)ɥ́Ʌѕͽѡչ)хЁ܁ݔɔѕ)ѡѡЁչ)ѡɽ՝Ё5х̸ͥ(؃ 8$84TL$ $8)5хͥ́́ѡՑ䁽)ѡɕՕѥ́ѡЁЁѼ)ѡɔյ])́ѡ՝]Ё̴́)ѕ]Ё́ѡ)ݡЁ́́ɕѥ͡)Ѽѡ)ȁͥѼɕ́́ѡЁɔչ)ٕͅѡ͔́Օѥ́չхѼ)ѡȁиȁѡ͔ݡ͔ѡ͕ٕ́ѡͅ)٥ѡͥ́ͥѡ̰ѡ՝ЁɅѥ)܁ȁѡՍ䁅ɭѥͥ́х)ɽѡ٥ȁɥՅͥи%ӊéɐѼ)ѽՍͽձ́ݡ׊eɔɅЁѤ)ѥ́ȁՑЁ̸ͥ+q%ӊéѕ䁵 ЁԁٔѼɕȴ)͕ѡЁ׊eɔɕѡѕ͕ѥݕݼٕ䰁ٕ)ɕЁݽɱ̳t́ͅMqQݽɱͥ́ѡ)ѼݥѠѡݽɱ̰ͥݡ́ɥѱ䁅Ёɽа)ɥѱ䁅ЁͥѥɅѥѥݡ)$ѡѼɕѥ٥丁9٥ѥѡͥ́Ё)Ё́ɥѥӊéɅѥӊéͅЁ$Ёɕ)͕ѡ́ͻeЁͥЁ5ͥ́ѡՉɝѡ)ٕ݅́͡ȁݡ$ȁMՉлt)Iͽ٥ѡЁɅݕ٥䁽Mé)ɥѡɥѥ5х̸ͥMɹѼɥѕ́)ɽ͍ѥнͽȁM!ɥ́ѥ͍ٔѥ)MѕٕAȁ́͡ɅѼɔЁݡɔ͡ѽ)Ѡѡͥѕɹݽɱ̸+q%ͻeЁѡЁЁѡյɕQӊéݡЁ$ѡ)$՝ݥѠѕՅ䁅ɥՅ䁅Ё)ݡѡЁͽЁхȳtͅ)Mq%Ё́ͼ᥹Ѽѡͥݽɱ%ӊéɔ)ЁѡЁ׊eɔɔԁٔͥ́ԁɔд)ѕȰͼԁٔѼٔѡ䁅ɽչѡ䁡)ѼՕѡ٥ɽЁѡ́፡ݕѡ)䁅ѡȁѡ̸Qɗéѥɽչѡ͍)ѡЁѡ݅ѡЁݽɭ̰Ёݔͼ܁͕͔դ)ѥٕѡЁѡɗéͥѼ́ѡЁͻeЁͥeԁe)ٔѼЁͽѡԁeЁٔѼ͔ѡݽɐ)Ёѡչٕ͔́ٔӊéѕЁѡӊé)ݡɔЁ́ȁѕɵ́х今t)5͕ͥ́́ɥݕѡ͔ݼɕ̸)1ѕѼɕЁ展́ٽ́ɕЁѥ́ѡɽ՝)ѡ́́ͥٔ́ɕЁ͡ͽչ̸ٕ݅ȁȁа)ḾѼѕѼЁͥͥ-ɥ)1ȁ́є)ͽɥѕȁ́܁Ʌѥ䁽Ёɕѡ+qtЁݡɔɅѥɥ́ѡ՝)́ЁəѱɅͱѕѼѡͥѥ)ͥȁ她յиQMѥ́Ё́ѡ)ɥɥٕȁѡ՝́ɽѡͥݽɱ)ѡЁٕٔɕՕѡͼqɕtݽɱ+qQɗéѡ́ݡѡɌѽ䁅ѡɌ)܁Ёٽٕ̰Ёѡɗéͼѡ٥Յݡ́ѡ)ɽՍЁѡЁЁݡͽ͕͔́Ѽѡ)ȁɕЁЁȁͽѡܸM׊eٔЁѡ͔)ݼѡ́ͥɕѥٔٽQɗéѕͥ)ѡɔ$ѡѡЁѕͥ́ݕɥѥѥѥش)丁ЁЁЁ́ȁt)=Ʌѥɥ̰ѡٕɕٕͥ)ɥЁ̸Qɔٕ́䁱ѱɥՅͅѥ͙她)Ёѕ́ȁ͍ɕݥݥѠՉɹ䁽е)չ)!ݕٕȰٕݥѡѡѕ̰ѡɗéѼ)ЁݥѠͽѡɕиQɥ͕́)хѡЁ́ԁѼɕ锁ѡ)ݡѡ䁍AѥЁЁɕɕ́٥Ք+qQչѕѡ٥ԁ݅ЁѼЁѡЃL)ٕ䁵ЁѡɗéѡЁ$ѡѡЁͽ)ݥЁѡ́ѡа)ѡЁե́ݥѠյ䁅)ѥѡ͔́ݡɔѡѕɍ́ѥɔ)ɔɕՕи%ԁɕЁѡɽ́Ёɥٕ́