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When read both backwards and forwards, the verse in this song says exactly the same thing same the exactly says song this in verse the, forwards and backwards both read when. Only, the song makes sense. While authoring this post, the song is in pieces, like a shattered vase. I’m off to try to put it together – it is really quite beautiful in my head.  Read the rest of this entry »

When one writes a song that one wants people to be able to dance to, but when one does not profess to possess any expertise in that domain, one might procure a song like this week’s Here’s looking at you, my dear. Do the added beats sound like mistakes? Does one feel compelled to dance upon hearing this song? (If you are bobbing your head by the chorus, we’ll take that as a yes). Is there a hint of modern country seeping through the bassline and drums? All these questions, and more, will be answered in just under 4 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

My best friends got engaged on the Victoria Day long weekend some time ago. It was at a very exceptional place, suitable for the pair who carry that same property. This week’s song is an attempt to say thank you to these two friends who always support me, and a nod at how powerful and commendable their bond is through many thicks and many thins. It is a bit of a raw tune – hope you like it. Thanks, Chris and Claire. Read the rest of this entry »

Concurrent to the progress of 52 song project, 2011 is shaping out to be a truly historic year. Canada’s contribution to this story was added to last Monday as Canadians elected their first Green MP, gave NDP official opposition status, obliterated the Bloc and Liberal parties and restored the Government of Stephen Harper. In direct audio response to this Blue Monday, and in the spirit of Dylan (though not in musical style), we bring you Suburban home: sick blues.

The lyric “maybe I got on the wrong boat” reminded Claire Salloum of the Jane Smiley quote “I’m not the right bird for this flock,” thus this week’s illustration in the style of Charley Harper. Read the rest of this entry »

We are surrounded by negativity, bad news and malicious people. But we are also surrounded by beauty, love and awesome people. With hard work and integrity, we can “be the change we want to see in the world” – this song is about choosing the long road over the shortcut, the kind words over the vengeful ones, and forever striving to be a good soul. Join us! (Hey guys, guess who wrote that paragraph, Steve or Chris? Go ahead, guess.) Read the rest of this entry »

For two white, middle-class (middle-aged? No… not yet, right?) men, we are hoping this offering strikes somewhere on the reggae pendulum around 311 but well below Bob Marley. A gender-specific (but not exclusive) song about strength, confidence, adversity and rain storms, we hope to convey a message of strength: don’t give up. Read the rest of this entry »

This one is a reverse chronological song about being tempted by the devil. Wait, is devil spelled with a capital “D?” I guess we’ll find out soon enough. Speaking of which, has anyone else noticed that the world has been getting a little wild? Though this song leans on poor decisions, today we encourage you to go out and make someone’s day. Please. And thank you. Read the rest of this entry »

So, Chris is in Austin and Claire’s internet is down – so you’ll notice a couple of things this week. Most visually, there is not yet a graphic, so that will just be a little nugget you can look forward to in a couple of days… I was going to try to do one myself, but there is no way I could do it justice. Secondly, in Chris’ absence, to introduce this week’s song which is inspired by the rain slowly washing our snow away, I will be talking to myself. Read the rest of this entry »

Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, and on, and on, and on. Friends, the world is changing before our eyes, before our tweets, before our Facebook statuses! This week’s song is a humble dedication. A minuscule, detached and nearly insignificant voice in the real movement that is going on all around us: people are dying, and people are truly living. Our hats are tipped through song. Read the rest of this entry »

ElisabethIf you are at all familiar with previous Steve and Chris releases (including the first three 52 song project songs), you know Chris tends to write pop songs, Steve veers to love songs. So in the spirit of the New Year in the world, a new Environment Minister here in Canada and a new zodiac sign throughout this galaxy, queue a new genre for 52 song project: hate songs. Read the rest of this entry »