From the newest seed (the Seedy Seeds) sprouts Bro. Stephen, a guitar-playing, singer-songwriting, tall drink of wine of a musician. His attention to detail, both musical and in his answers to the Ear to Ear questionnaire have me entranced.
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.
The first track I heard of Rob’s was “Hedonistic Graveyard”, and it was a particularly exciting moment in the project because I could hear how we got here from the original seed…he has the instrumental delight of Mira Mira, with a touch of Sharples’ low-key delivery.
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.
I found Rob Sharples, Four Quartets, through Charlie Williams. I am loving his creative imagery and beautiful instrumental structure – I kept discovering new things with every listen.
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.
Charlie Williams has one of those minds that is frightening in it’s creativity. This is a guy who not only plays beautiful music, he composes, arranges, develops new sounds, and then thinks about physics and builds a circle-of-5ths clock in his free time.