Song of the Summer! Circular Reasoning + Prix de beauté

Song of the Summer – dive in!

In advance of the upcoming full Allison Crowe video show – here’s “sneak peek” fun in the form of her song “Circular Reasoning” with visuals from a French silent film that became a talkie in 1930.

Prix de beauté” (“Beauty Prize” aka “Miss Europe”) is directed by Augusto Genina, written by René Clair & Georg W. Pabst and stars a radiant Louise Brooks.

Enjoy :)

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Allison Crowe has a 16-song-video-series that launches September 2, 2014. Pairing a spectrum of recordings from the Canadian musician with visuals from great artists and innovators of the 20th and 21st centuries – film-makers, animators, painters, photographers and more… – it’s a multi-media expression of Crowe’s mission to make “Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music.” ( http://allisoncrowe.com/bio.html )

And, this collection confirms the diagnosis of Dr. H Guy aka Allan Showalter, the world’s inimitable blogger “On Life, Love, Lust, & Leonard Cohen” – who notes: “Once you’ve heard one Allison Crowe song, You’ve heard one Allison Crowe song.” ( http://1heckofaguy.com/2009/01/27/wedding-song-allison-crowes-small-masterwork )

Much more on this all, naturally, to come – once we’ve celebrated Summer in this part of the world. Right now, it’s time for bathing suits, ice-cream, fresh berries, bicycle bells… any and all other of life’s simple joys and pleasures.

Sláinte!

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Midnight + Swing Time

Allison Crowe’s music + movies mash-up series takes another joy-filled turn in this homage to the 1936 b/w film classic, “Swing Time“.

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This “Never Gonna Dance” sequence features the immortal dancing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – choreographed by Astaire and Hermes Pan. The film’s directed by George Stevens.

The music soundtrack is “Midnight“, a recording from Allison Crowe’s debut CD – on which her voice and piano is accompanied by the bass-playing of Dave Baird and the drumming of Kevin Clevette.

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This Little Bird flies free

May you and yours have a high-flying holiday, and joyous times beyond. Rousing our Allison Crowe music video series – (enjoy the growing ‘Chanson et Lumière‘ playlist @ http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzwM8Ztw_8D1zBB_ZjkF9270RyojzYFP5 ) – here’s “This Little Bird“:

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This Little Bird“, from Allison Crowe’s album of the same name, flies here with excerpts from “The Story of the Birds” – created by animation pioneer Max Fleischer in 1935 (as the fourth entry in his “Color Classics” series):

http://music.allisoncrowe.com/track/this-little-bird

♫ “Why music?” “Why breathing?

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No Matter the Battle + Le Voyage dans la Lune (Excerpt II)

A sequel of sorts, part deux, of Allison Crowe’s other-worldly musical adventures aboard the S.S. Méliès. Happy Valentine’s, Happy V-Day, everyone! May there be peace and love – to the Moon and back.

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Delay – Musical Decade Shines Still Brighter

“Once you’ve heard one Allison Crowe song, You’ve heard one Allison Crowe song,” says Allan Showalter, the erudite mystery-man behind the enriching and entertaining Leonard Cohen-centric blog, 1 Heck of a Guy.

With the good doctor’s observation in mind – here’s another one from Allison:

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This, a diamond mined 10+ years ago – and the musical equivalent to kimberlite pipes are richer than ever. The fuller origin story can be found on the YouTube page hosting “Delay“.

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Midnight Memories Ever-Fresh

When Allison Crowe and her then-trio, Dave Baird on bass and Kevin Clevette on drums, were starting to roll internationally – film director and Hollywood+ steadi-cam veteran Alex Postowoi offered to shoot a band video. The song chosen for Allison’s first, and only, “story” video was “Midnight”. Tami Mancey and Josh Dahling were the lead actors. Full credits and this charming video itself can be found @ Allison Crowe and the Midnight Video

Alex Postowoi - film-maker behind Allison's DVD + vids
To add to the aural fun, at White Rock, BC’s Turtle studios Allison’s trio was joined on mandolin by Robert Ford, of Canuck Celtic rock legends, The Stoaters, as well as Hammond wizard Darryl Havers (Ferron, Alan Doyle, Brickhouse, Raffi+). With some additional support from “One-take Eddie” Johnson, percussion, and Larry “Turtle” Anschell handling guitar and production – Midnight “The Single” was born. This (2002) was no longer the heyday of “music television”, but, it still was a place many bands and fans looked to connect. Canada’s counterpart to MTV passed on playing “Midnight” – deeming it “too country”.

With Allison about to join Karen Sparkes and Gerri Lynn Mackey, personable hosts of CFCB 570AM Radio, home to new and classic country music, for an on-air chat, the memory brings forth a chuckle :)

Grab a sarsaparilla and kick back – here’s “Midnight”, as performed by Allison Crowe and friends, sounding as fresh and invigorating as the day they all came together.

Seems some browsers and operating systems respond differently to things and, so, should you have any problem watching the “Midnight” video directly on the site of film-maker, Alex Postowoi, we’ve made this page on Allison Crowe’s home-site which may provide additional viewing options.

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Halloween Skeletons and Spirits from Allison Crowe & Dr H Guy

The Mysterious Dr H Guy beckons from the shadows… on All Hallow’s Eve. It’s The Great Pun’kin mix of Allison Crowe’s “Skeletons and Spirits“.

Boo-galoo!!

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There Is

There Is” – the version on Allison Crowe’s “This Little Bird” album/CD. Allison’s voice and piano is complemented by Dave Baird’s bass, Laurent Boucher’s percussion, and, her father, Del Crowe’s guitar! “There is a way, out of this, there is… ” :)

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Effortless

Allison Crowe’s “This Little Bird:” album opens “Effortless“-ly. Dave Baird plays bass, and Laurent Boucher is on drums, Tibetan bells and other percussion. The visual art is created by Billie Woods, photographer, and Alix Whitmire, graphics, direction and design.
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Shine a Light

Mick Jagger was still looking for some tea and sympathy, & long before Keith Richards was a tropical pirate, “The Glimmer Twins” and co. in The Rolling Stones were in the south of France, recording an epic song collection, “Exile on Main Street“. Here’s Allison Crowe and her live-off-the-floor take on one of those tunes, “Shine a Light“:
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When Allison Crowe created her “Tidings” album/CD, she brought together songs of spirituality, humanity, faith and redemption… from the sacred to the secular. Alongside traditional carols such as “Silent Night“, “In the Bleak Midwinter“, and “The First Noel“, she recorded her much-loved versions of “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen), “River” (Joni Mitchell), “In My Life” and “Let It Be” (The Beatles), “Angel” (Sarah McLachlan), and this song – written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, for the Rolling Stones’ 1972 masterwork, “Exile on Main Street“.

The Rolling Stones Fan Club Office saluted Allison Crowe’s recording of “Shine a Light” on its web home-page. The RSFCO, established in 1964, and run by fans for fans, lists news about the Stones’ first contract being up for auction, The Stones and Beatles induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame, Marianne Faithfull on tour, and other current items of interest to Stones Planet inhabitants.

Of Crowe’s release, the European-based RSFCO says: A new album by Canadian Allison Crowe (22 years) reached the record market in time for the Christmas sales. This star is an absolute outstanding singer, and her Shine A Light by Jagger/Richards is the whole album worth…”

Allison Crowe’s voice and piano-playing is accompanied by Dave Baird on bass and Kevin Clevette on drums. The session was captured by Producer/Engineer Larry Anschell (Pearl Jam, Sarah McLachlan, k-os, Bif Naked).

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