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Under Cover (May 2015) – The Water Is Wide and One Grain Of Sand

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015


This month's free Under Cover downloads are takes on a couple of traditional-ish folk songs: The Water Is Wide and One Grain Of Sand. The Water Is Wide is a true traditional. I think it has been traced back to an 17th century Scottish folk song. It was brought to us by the director Curtis Hanson (8 Mile, LA Confidential, Too Big To Fail) who asked us to record a version for the closing credits to his film The River Wild. The first version that we sent to him (the one available as one of this months Under Cover downloads) was sent back to us with the comment that it was too sad, too downbeat. I guess Hollywood wasn't quite ready for us (or maybe it was the other way around). So we recorded another version that stepped it up a bit and it was accepted and we got paid. But we've always preferred the slower version, it just seems to bring out the sentiment of the song in a more powerful way.

I was first introduced to Ivy Mairi when she was just about to graduate from high-school. A mutual friend, Anne Bourne cellist-to-the-stars, brought her in to my studio. Anne had heard her singing at a couple of community gatherings and was completely taken by her, as was I. One Grain Of Sand was the first song that she played for me on that day and this is the recording. The song was written by Pete Seeger and Ivy was excited for him to hear it, so she sent it off to him. To his credit, the old-axe-wielder responded to her note, but he snarked something about folk music being something that the masses are supposed to be able to sing along to and not something to be interpreted from the heart (I'm paraphrasing, but he wasn't too keen on Dylan and that electric guitar either, so I think I'm capturing the sentiment of his note). It's a beautiful recording, completely naïve and open, exactly what folk music should be.

You can download The Water Is Wide and One Grain Of Sand for free until June 15th off of the Latent facebook page.

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Ivy Mairi makes Top 10 of 2012

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Ivy Mairi's album "No Talker" was picked as one of the ten best local releases of 2012 by Toronto's NOW Magazine. "No Talker" was released by our Latent Recordings label and wass produced by….me. If you haven't had a chance to listen please lend her your ears (the free music player is below), we think you will be pleased. If you like what you hear you can buy "No Talker" and Ivy's first album "Well You" for the absurdley low price of $5.99. Here is what Now said about Ivy's album:

Island-raised, Parkdale-based singer/songwriter Ivy Mairi was struggling with polyps when she recorded her sophomore disc, and there’s a raspy crack to her voice that contributes to the album’s intimate, vulnerable vibe as Mairi sings soulfully about past relationships, a lost musical instrument and hopes for a loving future. It’s a grower of an album that gets better and better with repeat listens.


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