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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Secrets (live)

Allison Crowe performs “Secrets (That Aren’t My Own)” live, in concert. This recording is from the double-album song collection, “Live at Wood Hall”. A different version of this song is heard on the album/CD “secrets“.

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Image of Allison by Billie Rocha-Woods.

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Free! Music! Contest Salutes Creativity and Evolution

This weekend, Canada Day, “north of the 49th”, and Independence Day in America, marks the international launch of “Free! Music! Contest 2011”. Organizer Musikpiraten e.V., explains this year’s focus is on “free” as in “freedom” rather than in “free beer”. Considering the strong European flavour to the community involved, though, it’s win-win however you brew it.

FreeMixter” is the motto of this event and, as that suggests, emphasis is on enabling remixes – via ccMixter, the remix portal where many artists, including such high-profile creators as the Beastie Boys, Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park), and DJ Vadim, release tracks that others can use to make new music.

Allison Crowe’s posted the vocal and piano tracks for “Spiral” to ccMixter, saying:

“Creative Commons is, in my opinion, the best way to license your music!

You can choose what you’re most comfortable with, without someone choosing it for you – in a sense rendering it the most personalized, realistic and human way to do things – sharing art, and joining artists, all together from all around the world. That’s what it’s all about!

All the best with this year’s Free! Music! Contest :) Can’t wait to hear what happens!”

Allison Crowe is delighted and honoured to be designated Musical Patron for this year’s celebration of creativity – following previous F!M!C Patron, author, journalist and Boing Boing blogger Cory Doctorow, a prominent advocate of Creative Commons licensing, an increasingly welcome alternative to traditional copyright.

Artists, academics, everyone, in today’s evolving environment, can tune in, and turn on to the greater flexibility and compatibility with digital realities afforded by Creative Commons aka CC licensing.

Here’s to “The Power of Open”. Prost!

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Playboy Mommy (live, solo)

Playboy Mommy“. Says Allison Crowe: “There’s a freedom of artistry listening to and learning the songs of Tori Amos. A raw, emotional, sometimes confusing, wackiness. It’s okay to pound the notes out if you’re angry, so long as you remember to delicately fondle the notes later on. You can be strange and beautiful.” (Applause)YouTube Preview Image

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Bill

Bill“, words by P.G. Wodehouse & music by Jerome Kern (w. Oscar Hammerstein II for “Show Boat“). Allison Crowe’s intro reveals her love of musical theatre, and, particularly, Broadway. She’s performed in The Laurie Beechman Theatre, a 42nd Street cabaret in New York City, and’s been invited to join India.Arie, Matt Morris and other fine players in a production.
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Immersed (live)

Immersed“, live. The song is a visceral exemplar of the musical alchemy by which Allison transforms leaden experiences into golden rock and roll. In other words, she makes lemonade out of lemons. Here’s banter for this track. From Chennai, home to some of India’s top choirs, comes gambitsurya’s very individual take.
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What About You

Allison Crowe’s “What About You” led her to Eric Reiswig of Banquo Folk Ensemble in Victoria, BC. Piper Reiswig not only plays mandolin, cittern, dulcimer, hurdy gurdy +, he makes them! Learn to make your own pennywhistle, Scottish small pipes and windchimes @ http://www3.telus.net/ereiswig + @ http://www.dronestreet.com see pics of these instruments – including the Irish Uillean Pipes heard on this evocative song on the “secrets” album/CD.

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The accompanying photograph is by Billie Rocha-Woods.

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Sea of a Million Faces

Sea of a Million Faces” for years was called Allison Crowe’s “happy song”. That’s what friend and bassist Dave Baird thinks! Really, as with the blues, Allison infuses music with a joy that transcends darkness. Here’s the “secrets” album version. Allison, again, provides all vocals, piano, guitar and percussion. Suitable for polar bear swims in Italy, crowd scenes in London town, and any where, any mood, any time.

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Musician Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar and percussion) performs “Sea of a Million Faces” – the version heard on Crowe’s “secrets” album/CD. Rainer Willeke (Soul Station) plays tambourine.

The image, if memory serves, was shot in London, England when Allison Crowe was there to perform a concert at Bush Hall. Photo by Billie Rocha-Woods.

There’s a different version – on the “Live at Wood Hall” double-album set

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Montreal

“Spent a little time in Montreal, with a fire in the sun, smokescreen covering over the entire city”. Summer fires rage in the James Bay region of Quebec and Ontario provinces sending up smoke that makes everything appear sepia-tinted as if in a vintage stereoscope. Especially in Vieux-Montréal, (Old Montreal), where Allison Crowe and trio perform at Upstairs Jazz Bar. “S’ come on, follow me down the alleyway…”
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For Valentine’s Day, V-Day, and, simply, any day, year-round romance, here’s “Montreal” – a love song that joins Crowe’s other originals such as “Wedding Song” and her covers, including “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”, in expressing the heart.

During her years touring across Canada, Allison Crowe has performed in a range of concert venues in la belle province, Quebec, in the beautiful city of Montreal – from La Sala Rossa to Place des Arts.

On her first visit, she performed at a jazz venue in the old city, (or Vieux-Montréal), called Upstairs and it’s there and then she penned this ballad. Allison Crowe, vocals and piano, is joined on this recording by Dave Baird, on bass, and Kevin Clevette, on drums. This song recording is on her “secrets” CD.

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Secrets (That Aren’t My Own)

Allison Crowe is well-known and loved for such songs as “Crayon and Ink“, “Midnight“, “Skeletons and Spirits“, Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah“, The Beatles’ “In My Life“, and plenty more. Her repertoire – embracing rock, folk, jazz, blues, pop, soul, gospel, grunge, traditional + – is singularly diverse. In the living sea that is her musical medium, here’s one tune that swims indelibly – “Secrets (That Aren’t My Own)” – that’s the version of this song heard on the album/CD “secrets“.

Here, below, Allison Crowe performs “Secrets (That Aren’t My Own)” live, in concert. This recording is from the double-album song collection, “Live at Wood Hall“.

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Image of Allison by Billie Woods.

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