Beautiful To Me. A Love Letter.

January 30th, 2018

Myself and a wonderful group of people called The Magic Project are releasing a special video today.  It is a music video of sorts, I suppose, but not a conventional music video like we are all used to.  Rather this is a joint venture to show the Beauty of people.  All People.  And this song and video are both primarily a message from me to everyone that my concerts are open to all with love in their hearts.

I wrote the song Beautiful to Me with a pal Tawgs Salter in 2016.  I have written a few tunes with Tawgs and I explained to him that I wanted to write a song in response to some legislation that was recently tabled in a US targeted directly at members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. What would become known as “the bathroom bill” seemed so regressive to me and so unnecessarily and unfairly aimed at a part of our population that I felt I needed to make a statement of some kind in their defence.  I suppose I just wanted the LGBTQIA2S+ community and everyone else to know, that I just want people to be themselves.  Their whole selves.  I want everyone to feel comfortable and be their happiest selves, and whatever gender, sexual preference, colour, race, or creed is welcomed and encouraged as far as I’m concerned.

If this video speaks to you as it does to me, I encourage you to share it as much as you like. There’s never too much Love in the world.

Smile
I wanna see you smile
Anytime
Your eyes meet mine
My song for you
Is be Easy and True
I’ll be yours
If you wanna be mine

My marquee is a Welcome sign
My arms and doors are open wide

Come one Come all
Come Big and Small
Let all the colours of the rainbow fly
Bring the fellas and the girls
And the dreamers of the world
And you can let your own light shine
I’ll tell you right from the start
If you’ve got Love in your Heart
You got everything I need to see
You’re Beautiful To Me

Time, don’t waste your time
Trying to hide
What you got inside
‘Cause I want you
I want all of you
My heart is yours
If yours is mine

My marquee is a Welcome sign
My arms and doors are open wide

So Come one Come all
Come Big and Small
Let all the colours of the rainbow fly
Bring the fellas and the girls
And the dreamers of the world
And you can let your own light shine
I’ll tell you right from the start
If you’ve got Love in your Heart
You got everything I need to see
You’re Beautiful To Me

I think about the lost and lonely
I think of all nights
We wouldn’t walk alone if only
We could love like stars can shine

Come one Come all
Come Big and Small
Let all the colours of the rainbow fly
Bring the fellas and the girls
And the dreamers of the world
And you can let your own light shine
I’ll tell you right from the start
If you’ve got Love in your Heart
You got everything I need to see
You’re Beautiful To Me

Spread the Love.

Cheers,
Alan

 

More info on the project from the great folks at Asterix Media HERE.

Spirit of Canada

January 9th, 2018

Hey all. On November 19 last year, close to 50 of Canada’s most celebrated musicians gathered at the legendary Commodore Ballroom to help a dear friend– John Mann, singer for Spirit of the West. John has Early-onset Alzheimer’s which demands incredible resources, and the musical community rallied for an amazing show of support in one unforgettable night of music and love.

A makeshift studio was assembled in the building to record this song on the spot as a memento of the gathering and to help raise funds for John’s continuing care. Check out this new recording & video for “Home For A Rest” in support of John Mann:

Please share this link as far and wide as you like and give a little if you can.

A Week at The Warehouse, Available Today!

October 13th, 2017

Hey All

Well, today is the day. Recorded in January, the new album, A Week at The Warehouse drops worldwide today. Thank you so much to those of you who have pre-ordered. For everyone else, you should be able to find the new album anywhere you buy or stream music.

As usual, this album is a collection of my many varied influences. You’ll hear some Traditional Celtic, Newfoundland-sounding songs like Come Out With Me and Bully Boys. You’ll also hear some songs that are quite rock ‘n’ roll like Ready to Go. Many people have already heard and applauded Summer Summer Night, the most country influenced tune on the record, and I’m grateful to Country Radio and video stations for playing the single.

There are a couple of deeply personal and special songs on the album. Somewhere in a Song is really a tip of the hat to my Mom and Dad and how they managed to raise us in a house that in retrospect had very little modern finery but had, in abundance, so much more of life’s most important things. Beautiful to Me is my announcement to the world that my concerts are an open door for anybody of any shape or size or colour or race or creed or gender identity or sexual preference. All you need is Love in your heart and my place is yours.

I got to work with two of the biggest heroes of my musical life thanks to this album. Bob Rock produced a significant portion of the soundtrack to my youth. I literally still can’t believe I got to stand next to him day after day in a recording studio. His former Payolas bandmate Paul Hyde makes a very special guest appearance on the album as well. I couldn’t be more chuffed about it all.

But the real stars of this record are Kendel Carson, Cory Tetford, Todd Lumley, Shehab Illyas, and Kris MacFarlane. Beautiful is probably not a big enough word to describe this Band. What an incredible privilege it is to stand in the middle of them and sing a song. I am delighted to tell you they’ll all be aboard for the Come Out With Me Tour in 2018!

It is always an odd combination of nervousness and excitement when a new project finally leaves your hands and goes out into the world. So, I really hope you like the tunes and they find a place in your day-to-day listening. Even better, I hope you think the songs would make for a great night out and you come to see one of the shows on the tour starting early in the New Year.

Thanks so much for everything.

Cheers,

Alan

Come Out With Me

October 6th, 2017

Hey all, another new track available now— Come Out With Me! Pre-order the album to get it, or stream it now on Spotify. 

On the face of it all, Come Out With Me is about a sailor who’s just returned home after a long journey on the water. There’s a dance in town and he’s hoping beyond hope the the love he’s longed for has been longing for him just as much. I suppose it is a thinly (perhaps very thinly) veiled story to show how I feel when the tour bus rolls into a new town every morning. Me and that sailor feel the same way, I figure. We’re both anxious we’ve been away too long and might have been forgotten or replaced. We’re both wishing to see the faces we saw last time and that they will smile when our eyes meet. We both want, more than anything, to share a great night out after travelling so far to get to this evening. And through a thousand storms and troubles on sea, the light in the window of this night has been the singular thing that has made it all worth it. Hope you like Come Out With Me. See you on the road: COME OUT WITH ME TOUR DATES