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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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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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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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” 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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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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