OK. Sometimes words mean nothing. Just close your eyes, open your ears to the music, and in the words of Taylor Swift, “Listen to this sick beat!”
In some cities in Canada, busking is artfully encouraged and not considered panhandling. In some cities, for example, in parks, near transit, the music and performances can be enjoyed by many, and clearly defined by the city posting their BUSKING rules. In Toronto, buskers can fill out a permit application. In Calgary they are a little more anal, but at least they have a Busker By-Law.
In Winnipeg last week, we opted to hand out 3 tickets to local busker Eric Pyle, for singing near the arena during a Jets game. It flies in the face of common sense. Kinda of like the fact we have NO formal busking policy, other than we consider it panhandling.
Maybe its because I am a PT musician. Maybe I don’t know the Winnipeg Police Cadets side of the story (please do tell). Maybe it is because Eric isn’t exactly a clean cut, non-smoking kinda guy.
MAYBE, just MAYBE busking is freaking not panhandling. The words singing, playing guitar, public performance nor the word busking or busker are anywhere to be found in the City of Winnipeg Panhandling by-law.
Pure personal opinion, but I would love to see Winnipeg have a thriving downtown, and be a progressive enough city to create the most liberal busking rules in Canada. Create a busking by-law that encourages public performance, and brings music, magic, and awe inspiring art to our citizens. But hey… thats just me!
Nuff said. Although, I would love to hear an opposing view point. That always makes my day
I entitled this post Aliens Are Listening To My Music Right Now, because I’m a sucker for believing shit we see in the movies. I always thought that when I sang live on radio, or had my songs broadcast on the radio, that the signal traveled deep into space. So I Google’d it! Now I am super bummed, as apparently the signal degrades with in a few light years, and the nearest sun is 100% too far away to be HEARD! Oh well, it led to my epiphany for the day… so I’ll forgive Hollywood this time.
So for my epiphany, It seems like forever since I released Rock The Water. Sitting back relaxing today, thinking of aliens listening when I got to perform live on radio, I had an epiphany. I have allowed LIFE to take over, and have rarely been picking up my guitar, let alone writing songs. Sounds like a negative epiphany BUT its NOT! My epiphany, that smacked me across the face today, is that I will “Never Stop Dreaming”! Music never dies. I have created something that will live on FOREVER, even if aliens can’t hear me. #neverstopdreaming
Maybe you have something you loved doing so much… that you have stopped doing it?
Here is that radio appearance that aliens will never hear. While you watch this… I’m going to go write a few songs
PS. Yes I believe in aliens.
So last week I rocked some blues on my Strat and, rightfully so, my Ovation got jealous. So, I decided to slow things down a bit, and jam out to a sad SAD emotional backing track in A Minor. Put this on repeat, and you will either fall asleep or find yourself in a deep trance. If you make it past the two minute mark… thank you!!! One take, zero audio editing… recorded from iPhone and Flip video camera (meaning you get flubs and all). Editied in Sony Movie Studio Platinum
FYI sincere thanks to @guitarbackingtracks4 for the sad, sad backing track. Paid for via PayPal to support local music
This one is for the Growler!!!
Ryan & Petri of Rossland Brewery ROCK! Here is some blues for ya gents…
If the FB video doesn’t work here is the YouTube video:
Thank you to whomever anonymously dropped of the Canada guitar pics! Your random act of music was awesome and put a huge smile on my face…
Just wanted to first apologize for dropping off the face of the earth for 6 months… life happens I guess!
The year after debuting an album like ‘Rock The Water’, probably should have been followed up with more radio interviews, begging to play any gig I could, trying to convince Manitoba Music I’m serious about International Exposure, coercing friends and family to buy t-shirts, CD’s and ‘Raito’ little key chains, etc. Not my style, I guess, and in the mean time I certainly let life get in the way of promotion and honestly stopped music all together.
FACT … the album is still here :)! Alexander Keith could still license my single (long shot I know)! I’m still here with 8 fingers, two thumbs, and capable vocal chords. I am slowly getting back my MOJO and starting to write again. I do still believe you and I can achieve anything we set are minds too.
In the mean time, hope you are enjoying May Long Weekend!
It has been an interesting RIDE releasing ‘Rock The Water’! A highlight for sure has been hearing my songs on the radio for the first time. No doubt… even though it was 7:15 am in the morning on college radio a few weeks ago, I had an ear to ear freaking grin that hasn’t subsided since…
Thank you to KMo at CKUW, 95.9 University of Winnipeg College, radio for making this a reality, and letting me come in to sing ‘Mr Maker’ live. I have posted the full radio interview on SoundCloud here :
Here is the video of the song Mr Maker that I sang live on radio. It’s definitely rough, but again a big, big thanks to KMo for grabbing the video camera and catching the moment live in technicolor!
Today, I received the 1st 100 copies of Rock The Water. Freaking awesome!!!!
So here is the deal:
- * First 100 receive a signed and numbered copy. (after first day 47 are left)
- * I will mail the CD anywhere on planet earth for NO additional cost. (If you are in the Peg’ I will hand deliver and may just bring my guitar to sing a song or two:)
- * $9.99 to purchase my album and help me fund album number two!!!!
Anything else you need to hit the ‘ADD To Cart’ button below and I’ll DO it!!!!! Ummm….. almost anything
ROCK THE WATER CD
Download Any of My Songs off my debut album FREE on Soundcloud
I released ‘Rock The Water’ because I love making music. I happily slaved away in the studio to bring my passion to the world, for you to listen to my tunes and hopefully connect with one or two songs, and I don’t want to give up the chance you might listen to a song a second time just because you don’t use iTunes Having said that, “If you feel compelled to buy a song or two, or the whole album on iTunes, Rhapsody, etc. please DO! Every dollar encourages me to start my 2nd ALBUM”
The image below shows how you can download each song… ( Either click on the image below to take you to SoundCloud or use the link below)
Download for free here: http://soundcloud.com/leeraito/sets/raito-discography
THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH FOR LISTENING TO MY MUSIC!