Kyle Fischer particularly caught my eye because I found him on his blog, which talked about his work with Buddhism and the Union Theological Seminary. Music doesn’t exist in a bubble – it is filled with our lives and experiences, and people with interesting lives tend to create interesting music. So I couldn’t wait to hear more about how a talented musician and songwriter ended up in Seminary…or the other way around.
Caithlin De Marrais is a songwriter with a delightful twang and deep sense of place. I’ve fallen for her well-crafted lo-fi-ness (not something I normally say), where everything sounds real and present and unaltered, and oh-so-true.
It stays in the family for this bit of our musical tree , in part because Ben Arthur’s brother, Michael Arthur, is a member of the band. But really, it’s all a family thing anyway, having been started up by Lauren and Pascal Balthrop, and grown into the bustling musical metropolis it is today.
I fell in in love with Ben Arthur’s music the first night I heard him – his quirky sense of humour balanced the sometimes morose cloud of soul-bearing lyrics. And years later, and I’m still listening with as much rapt attention as that first show.