Well known Canadian photographer Andrew McNaughton’s new book “Grace: Africa in Photographs” was inspired by a 3 week trip in Kenya and Tanzania where he photographed warrior tribes, school children, local townspeople and some of the most beautiful animals in the world. McNaughton is renowned in the music world for his photographs so the music tie-in with this book makes perfect sense. My Matt Tracks this week are inspired by this project and highlight some of the artists you can find in Grace: Africa in Photographs, sales of which will result in new child sponsors for World Vision.
As a producer Daniel Lanois has helped shape great records by artists like Bob Dylan, U2 and Willie Nelson. As an artist himself he has made some amazing music such as the album “Here is What is” which was also the name of documentary released at the same time examining his music making process. You will love it.
Not the first or last time you’ll hear me say this: Ron Sexsmith is one of the great songwriters on the planet. His songs have been covered by people like Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow and Steve Earle and this song, which he released on his 1995 self titled album, has been covered by Rod Stewart, Nick Lowe and most famously by Leslie Feist.
Nobody is more surprised than me that I’ve picked a Fefe Dobson song as a Matt Track, believe me. I dug this tune the moment I heard it and that’s all that matters, it’s a good song and kinda has a little Joan Jett thing happening which I like. (I really like this video too if I’m being honest).
Listen up all you Vampire addicts. Here’s what you need to know before your little Twilight took over the world: The Lost Boys, From Dusk Till Dawn and Francis Ford Coppola’s take on Bram Stoker’s Dracula-that’s all you need to know. This song was used in the end credits of Bram Stoker and was written and performed by the excellent Annie Lennox.
Bruce Cockburn has been making music since the late 60’s and is not only a renowned songwriter in this country and around the world but he’s also a well known humanitarian and environmentalist who has tackled social issues inside and outside of his songwriting. “Waiting for a Miracle” is without a doubt my favorite of his many tunes (Ps it was also one of Jerry Garcia’s favorite songs).
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