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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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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Lisa’s Song

Lisa’s Song” completes this debut EP/CD – “Lisa’s Song + 6 Songs“. In Summer 2002 Lisa Marie Young is abducted during a night out with friends in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Allison Crowe returns home from tour to learn her high-school friend is missing. (More on this tragedy @ Lisa’s Page) Allison’s trio are invited into Seacoast Sound where Rick Erickson records this performance ripped from the soul.
This performance video is from an one-hour television special, “Allison Crowe: Inside Pandora’s Box“, broadcast across Canada:
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Philosophy (band version)

Before Allison Crowe returned her song “Philosophy” to its place in her repertoire as a slow-burning modern blues for solo piano, it was a rocking closer to her band shows early in this decade.

This is the version performed by Allison Crowe’s trio – of Allison on vocals and piano, Dave Baird on bass, and Kevin Clevette on drums – one afternoon in 2001 as the trio made their way to Seattle, Washington to play for Pearl Jam fans from across the continent. The band was captured live-off-the-floor by Turtle Recording’s Larry Anschell (PJ, Sarah McLachlan, k-os, and more).

Philosophy” closes the “Lisa’s Song + 6 Songs” EP/CD – just as the song concluded many a concert when Allison Crowe rocked out with her band. As the final song of a concert set or encore, Allison would often build to a coda of Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy“. It was all mighty frenzied. With bassist Dave Baird deep in the groove, drummer Kevin Clevette’s drumsticks would splinter amidst the Bacchanalia.

The image of Allison in Ireland, is created by AvesNoVuelan – from an original photograph by Billie Woods.

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Scared

Scared” is our pick for today. “This song is about not being afraid to stand up for yourself and what you believe in, to speak out even in the most adverse of circumstances,” says Allison Crowe.
On YouTube is this Scared music video – created by Angela Kendall and Brian Dutkewich of transmission2videos who’ve later made vids for Tegan and Sara, Death Cab for Cutie, Jets Overhead +
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Filming was done in the downtown streets and dock area of Nanaimo, British Columbia – Canada’s “Harbour City” – and the video premiered as part of an Urban Industrial show presented by Crimson Coast Dance Society.

Allison Crowe plays piano and sings, Dave Baird plays bass, and Kevin Clevette is on the drums.

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Dark Blue

Dark Blue” is today’s song – from the “6 Songs” session. Once more, Allison Crowe (vocals, piano) is joined by Dave Baird (bass) and Kevin Clevette (drums) for this live-off-the-floor take captured by Engineer/Producer Larry Anschell (Pearl Jam’s “Alive“, Sarah McLachlan’s “Gloomy Sunday” and mucho more).
One of the earliest songs and recordings of the now well-travelled and much acclaimed and loved singer-songwriter.
The accompanying photograph was shot by Billie Rocha-Woods at London, England’s The Halo.
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Crayon and Ink

Song of today, from the “6 Songs” session, is an epic favourite of many – “Crayon and Ink“. Recorded live-off-the-floor by Allison Crowe, and bassist Dave Baird and drummer Kevin Clevette. Artwork for this EP (Extended Play) CD, and its subsequent editions is by Allison, with the cover photo by Gord Christmas.

The video here is of the first national television performance by Canuck singer-songwriter Allison Crowe. Broadcast across Canada on January 28, 2002, this live segment introduced a country to the singer-songwriter from Nanaimo, B.C. Show host is Vicki Gabereau ~ Canada’s “Queen of Chat” (northern counterpart to such American talk-show hosts as Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey.) Allison Crowe is accompanied on her song “Crayon and Ink” by bassist Dave Baird and drummer Kevin Clevette – the same combo that’s heard on Crowe’s debut EP, “Lisa’s Song + 6 Songs“.

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Midnight

Here’s a song that’s had several incarnations – this is the first. “Midnight“, also recorded by Allison Crowe and trio (Dave Baird, Kevin Clevette) at Turtle, that afternoon in July 2001. Allison’s songs are pretty much all autobiographical. Some, like this one, contain verbatim passages of her life :)

The song video features a painting by tradigital artist boki.b of Wien, Austria:

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Fade Away

Background: On Allison Crowe’s facebook Artist page, Turkish fan Furkan Sidar started things rolling with a song request, and it proved so much fun, I realized – there’s over 100 songs released on Allison’s seven albums and not everyone has heard all this music. Thus begins a series of a song every-day-or-so to bring all of this music to ears anew. And, on Jamendo, the idea is to post the song videos – some of which are action/movies, and some are still images of Allison to accompany the music. Some are the same recordings on the album/CD releases, and, sometimes, it will be a different version of the song – for new perspectives.

Fade Away” on Allison Crowe’s first release, an EP called “6 Songs“, was written when Allison was 15. In July 2001 Allison and trio – Dave Baird on bass, Kevin Clevette on drums – traveled to Seattle, USA to join Pearl Jam fans for a “Worldwide Convergence“. Stopping en route for a session at Larry Anschell’s Turtle Recording Studios in White Rock, BC, they recorded six songs “live-off-the-floor”. This is the first.

NB This version of “Fade Away“  is not the same heard on the CD. It includes Allison and her trio, as on the original recording, and, as well, Larry Anschell joins in on electric guitar.

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