Why He Left the Ocean- the story behind the song, and new video!
One of the first 'grown up' books I ever read was Jules Verne's 'Journey to the Center of the Earth'. The concept of archaeology and discovering dinosaur bones or the remains of ancient civilizations was like candy to my young mind. I was soon dismayed to find that most of the ancient Egyptian tombs had been dug up by the 50s. So I went back to the library, found Treasure Island and sated my thirst for adventure on the romance of a pirate's life. I vowed I would sail the high seas in search of new lands, and find hidden treasure. That is until I heard about Fort Knox, and realized that there were no new lands left to be charted. At last I discovered my true love: the sci-fi section, and wanted nothing more than to be an astronaut, to probe the depths of outer space in search for extraterrestrial life and planets that might be suitable for colonization. That is until I discovered that by age 16 I already exceeded NASA's height restrictions...
Too late for tomb raiding, too landlocked for swashbuckling and too tall for space, I turned from imagination to academia. All through my post secondary studies, I was torn between the importance of learning from the past and a desire to forge my own future, and that lingering desire for adventure and discovery gnawed at my subconscious. Years trickled by, summers came and went and I guess my sense of adventure had a lead hand in my life choices: I now look like a pirate, my head is often in the clouds and I travel the country in a touring band. My sense of discovery however had steered inwards, towards my own understanding of self, home and my relationships with others. As I begin to assert myself in this new and exciting stage of life, I am increasingly aware and appreciative of the values and morals my parents bestowed upon me. I also recognize the sacrifices my parents had to make in order to raise my two brothers and I, and to afford us the innumerable opportunities for learning and development that allowed us to flourish as creative individuals. I imagine they were leading lives much like I am now.
Fortunately I needn't wonder about my father's life, for he has found the time and means to publish an autobiography- an amazing and candid perspective into regional and personal history! Many a lesson he has taught me over the years were reinforced by reading the stories that brought such insight. I recommend it to any and all who feel kindered to curious and adventurous spirits, you can learn more about it here. And now that my mother is in retirement, maybe her sons can convince her to share her stories in her own way...
I once heard that prairie folk made the best sailors. They were accustomed to the featureless monotony of the endless horizon, they knew how to read the weather, and most importantly they were patient. In this day and age of turbulent political climate, climate instability and soundbite stimulus overload, I hope a prairie boy can still make a difference. In fact, with the tools and the support my family has given me, I know I can.
Directed and Shot by Kristian Jordan
Assistant Director and Paddler - Emily Christie
We have a strange announcement to make... Sheena has broken her leg.
Yup, making an epic frisbee catch, and an unfortunate landing miscalculation, she took off in Ymir and landed in the hospital Thursday evening in Trail, BC.
We've been at her bedside as she has gone through resetting of her tibia and fibula, and is expected to be discharged some time tomorrow.
As a result, we've had to cancel our dates over the past weekend, and into the upcoming week, but are still unsure as to what this means for the rest of the tour. Naturally we'll be doing what's best for Sheena's recovery, so we'll be keeping you updated as we figure out our next proverbial steps. (learning to use crutches notwithstanding)
Thanks for your understanding, and we appreciate your positive vibes!
From the Woods to the West End Cultural Centre- the new EP is out!
Click here to find the free download of bonus track "Goodbye City Lights", and learn more about our new EP "Tales from the Whiteshell".
What an amazing night.
It was the culmination and celebration of 3 years of being a band and three weeks of intense creation.
What an amazing line-up.
It was the co-operation of the talents of friends we have made over the journey.
What an amazing process.
It was inspiring, frustrating, freeing and rewarding.
Thank you to the many people who pitched in to make it happen:
Emily Christie, The Christie Family, Caroline Wintoniw, Don Benedictson, Murray Pulver, Julian Bradford, Jeremy Penner, Alex Campbell, Luke Sellick, Tania Elizabeth, Quinn Bachand, Richard Moody, Allen Hunnie, Jason Hooper and everyone at the WECC, Ismaila Alpha, JD Edwards, Sol James, Beth Hamilton, Don Amero, The Impromptu-Ski-In-Choir, Sarah Thiessen, Christopher Aaron, Lucas Rattai, our family and YOU!
RED MOON ROAD RETURNS WITH NEW RELEASE
2nd Album Reveals Tales from the Whiteshell
From the press release: Winnipeg, Manitoba (February 28th, 2013) -- In the coast-to-coast life that is Red Moon Road, the heart of the band lies in the pristine wilderness of the Canadian Whiteshell in which it was conceived.
From the 2009 storm that plunged its founding members from their sailboat into a churning lake, to the fire on the rocky shore where they managed to land, the band has experienced many landscapes of this beautiful country but always returns to the towering pines of the region that inspires so many of their songs.
So it's fitting that their soon-to-be-released second album was recorded in the beautiful wood-heated log cabins of Falcon Trails Resort in the Whiteshell. After a storied year spent touring their 2012 self-titled debut, the trio made a welcomed return home to make Tales from the Whiteshell, a six-song collection that reflects their profound connection to the backwoods. And now they're ready to share it with friends and fans.
The concert will feature the first ever performance of two new songs, a video component, special guests including producer/guitarist Murray Pulver, and serve as the band's Western Tour kick-off. Fans can expect old favorites, new songs both beautiful and bold, and the same bright stage banter and genuine friendship one comes to expect from Red Moon Road.
We've jumped off the stage at Festival du Voyageur and straight into the Aluminum Falcon tour-mobile (Daniel's 1990 Volvo Station Wagon) headed east to the Folk Alliance conference in Tonronto. Unfortunately mother nature did all in her power to keep us from leaving town and we bowed to defeat in Thunder Bay yesterday after a long day of batteling a brutal winter storm down the #1 east.
But we're back on the road again! We will be showcasing at the following places and times over the weekend:
Débutant dans les années 1500, la traite des fourrures était le moteur économique du nouveau monde. Les Voyageurs naviguaient la panoplie de lacs et rivières de ce qui est maintenant le Canada et les états-unis, échangeant leur marchandise pour des fourrures précieuses. Les chansons de la traite des fourrures Française étaient adaptées pour accompagner le rythme des pagailles plongées en unisson. Ces chants aidaient à passer le temps, et rendaient le travail plus agréable.
Les couplets ne sont pas unique à cette chanson; on les retrouves aussi avec le refrain 'v'la l'bon vent, v'la l'joli vent'. J'ai choisi cette boule roulante pour faire pratiquer au deux autres le roulement des 'r'!
Beginning in the early 1500s, the fur trade was the driving force behind the economy in the new world. Voyageurs travelled the innumerable lakes and rivers of what is now Canada and the USA, trading goods with the aboriginals in exchange for valuable pelts. The songs of the French fur trade were adapted to accompany the motion of paddles dipped in unison. Singing helped to pass the time and made the work seem lighter.
The verses bemoan a man's loss of his prize white duck by the prince's silver gun. The prince had aimed for the black duck beside it, but the bullet caused the white duck to bleed from under its wing. As though by magic, diamonds fall from the duck's eyes, while from its beak tumble silver and gold. Its feathers float away in the wind, to be collected and made into a bed for travellers.
New Video & Story behind the song- Garrett & Gus Build the World
This summer we spent some time at a good friend's place near Falcon Lake rehearsing some new material, and our friend and talented videographer Caroline Wintoniw was able to come out and shoot a video for the live recording we did. We hope to record this for an album one day, but it was fun to play by candlelight. So without further ado, a video of a song about a picture of a dream, dedicated to my life long friend Garrett, and little big dreamers everywhere...
Happy 2013. No flying cars yet, but the Aluminum Falcon (Daniel's 1990 Volvo Station Wagon in which we tour) comes pretty close.
2012 was a great year for RMR. We released our first self-title full length album at the West End Cultural Centre in March. We had two great western tours in support of it, one through the Home Routes Concert Series, and one on our own too. We played some great festivals over the summer including the Trout Forest Music Festival and Festival du Voyageur. We spent lots of time out at Falcon Lake working and writing, and played some really fun house concerts across Manitoba and Ontario. We made it out to Mississauga, Ontario for some showcases at the annual Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, and had a great mini-tour around the Toronto area and the conference. We had some great opportunities partnering with the Winnipeg Folk Festival for some in city programming, as well as some other great organizations here and province wide. We wrapped up the year with a two week Christmas tour with fellow Winnipeg-er Don Amero and made it home just in time for some time with our families.
So what does 2013 have in store? Well a lot of that is a surprise (some of it will be a surprise to us too we're guessing), but we can tell you to look for some new music from RMR... we will be heading out to Toronto just after the Festival du Voyageur for Folk Alliance 2013, and then straight back to Falcon Lake in early March to record a 6 song EP (release date March 28th). We have some really exciting festival opportunities from coast to coast, and will make sure we get back to visit our friends nation wide to reconnect and share some new music and stories.
Check back here for Red Moon Road in a town near you, and please send us an email if you or someone you know would like to host us in your town, home or festival.
Thank you for all your support and friendship so far.
Your friends and fans,
Daniel Daniel and Sheena
Fall tour, OCFF
Fall, when it does, happens in jarring extremes. I went to bed at the family cabin three weeks ago and woke up to find the green replaced by luminescent yellow. That same seasonal dance was interrupted a week ago when I went to bed to that same yellow only to wake up and find the thick whiteness of winter had stepped in a song early. She nipped our heels all the way from Manitoba till Thunder Bay, Ontario and we only managed to lose her somewhere close to North Bay. Now we are driving back from Mississauga towards Sault St Marie amidst a corridor of the usual fall colours of our home, only here in Ontario, the palette is augmented by the stunning maple red you don't see unless you are willing to go east. Fall, is a masterful artist. And like all artists, that means it is sensitive and good at inspiring something within us.
It's our first time headed east as a band and we couldn't be more excited about it! We are headed to showcase at the OCFF conference in Mississauga and will be playing a few shows along the way in Northwestern Ontario and the GTA- watch out for a location near you!
OCFF Showcase Times:
For those of you who will be at the conference, here is a listing of when and where we will be showcasing:
12:20-12:40 Manitoba Music
1:30-2:00 Lenka Lichtenberg Rm 313
2:25-2:50 BC Kitchen Party
11:30-11:55 Folk Music Canada
12:30-1:00 Lenka Lichtenberg
1:40-2:00 Manitoba Music
A very snowy start to our tour! Photo taken October 5 at the Manitoba/ Ontario border
Quallons-nous faire? Translation
If you've ever wondered what this song was about, this post is for you.
As well as the literal translation, I've included a brief explanation of the metaphors I used to tell this story.
I hope this gives the curious listener a new insight into the song and the language.