by Charlie Hansen
This month I’d like to talk about a couple of CDs that have crossed my desk. One by a young man by the name of Aaron Waite and the other by a gentleman from Alberton, Leo Arsenault.
First the Aaron Waite CD, One Voice. One Dream. This is a project that cover a wide variety of musical styles. Aaron tackles everything from a song written by Islander, Rollie MacKinnon called “Gentle Land Of My Home” to a song from Madonna’s vast repertoire called “La Isla Bonita.” Aaron is quite comfortable with all types of music and he sings effortlessly.
Besides singing on this project he also accompanied himself on keyboard which is no mean feat for someone who has barely reached the age of thirteen.
Sonja Walker accompanied Aaron on “La Isla Bonita” and programmed all the keyboard parts for that song. Sonja is also thirteen.
If you’d like to have a copy give Aaron a call at 902-566-3448. Aaron will be having an official launch for this CD later in the spring so watch the local papers for time and place.
The second CD is one that was recorded up at Roy McCaull’s studio in Ellerslie and is a combination of covers tunes and original material written by the artist, Leo Arsenault. This CD is called Mom & Daddy Please Call Me. This is also the title track. On this project Leo has written a number of songs about local happenings, such as “The Death Of Jimmy Rooney” and “The Iceland Number Two” as well as family memories like “Mom & Daddy Please Call Me” and “By The Coal Oil Lamp.”
Although Leo spent most of his life in Toronto working for Colgate Palmolive his heart was never far away from PEI and the songs that he’s written show that.
Leo sometimes performs with his brothers at festivals and concerts and also performs as a single at seniors homes and manors.
Most of the instrumentation on this CD is done by Roy McCaull with Don Olson playing the fiddle parts and Sandra McCaull singing the harmony.
If you’d like to have a copy of this CD you can find Leo at PO Box 455, Alberton, PE C0B 1B0.
I’d like to congratulate all the PEI nominees for the various awards shows (Music PEI and ECMA) especially those in the bluegrass and country categories, although I have no idea what yardstick that country and bluegrass are measured by these days judging from some of the nominees. These categories seem to be a catch all for anything that doesn’t fit anywhere else. Anyway that’s only my opinion and with that and $1.35 you can buy a coffee at Tim Hortons.
Until next time don’t forgot to support real country and bluegrass music and listen to Bluegrass Island every Sunday evening at 9 pm on CFCY FM 95.1or on the internet at www.951fmcfcy.com.