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A Christmas Album by Voices Arising

Well, me, really, but Voices Arising are a side project through which I can record and release more choral-type music, rather than the folky-alternative-rock stuff I do as A Montreal Paul. Here is is, then…six tracks, including two originals. https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3607274054/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

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Time for Some Wintry Holiday Tunes!

“Sleigh Ride“, music by Leroy Anderson, words by Mitchell Parrish.

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The song that gets someone through a dark hour

Leonard Cohen in a 1988 interview: If you don’t like something and think it’s cheap, unless you really have a great sense of responsibility for your culture, I think it’s best to keep it to yourself. That might be the … Continue reading

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RIP Leonard Cohen

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How Do We Break the Treadmill?

And now, a bit of political economy with Richard Thompson: I think it’s safe to say that, despite the ethos of “do what you love” (nice work if you can get it) most people in this world don’t work for … Continue reading

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Inspiration and Theft: A Followup

Here’s a possible timeline of that classical guitar passage that was under dispute at the Stairway to Heaven plagiarism trial:   Sonata di Chittarra, e Violino, con il suo Basso Continuo” by Giovanni Battista Granata (1659) Video description: “Extremely similar … Continue reading

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Inspiration and Theft

Today Led Zeppelin (or, more precisely, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant) were cleared of plagiarism charges related to their most iconic song, “Stairway to Heaven”. Led Zeppelin do have a history of taking bits and pieces of other people’s songs. … Continue reading

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Being Here, Because Where Else Would I Be?

This came out a year ago: It’s a compilation EP featuring songs from my three albums, including alternate mixes of some tracks. I originally planned to make CD copies and send them to radio stations, but other things in life … Continue reading

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When I’m 74

Paul McCartney turned 74 the other day. At least he’s still around – this year we are seeing a definite thinning out of the older generations of rock musicians. Anyway, in honour of the occasion I am posting a couple … Continue reading

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Recording at Home

Pete Townshend in his liner notes for his demos album Scoop (1983): When I have come up against any kind of problem in the past, I have always dealt with it through music, either through writing a song or literally recording … Continue reading

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