May 11, 2016

Busking Radio Silence Update, NO Busking Bylaw & Next Steps

My apologies for the radio silence the last two days. If you have been following my busker proposal this past week then here is the update. If not, in one sentence or less, I have had a fair amount of local media reaction to my proposal to Winnipeg City Council to implement guidelines for busking in Winnipeg; with the intent to have more freedom and more buskers performing in Winnipeg public spaces! #moreofagoodthing (Skip to the end of you just want the Winnipeg City Council Update)

GOAL: NO BUSKING BYLAW… FOLLOW THE EDMONTON BUSKING GUIDELINES…MORE BUSKERS IN THE PEG

So, after writing an open letter to the mayor/city councillors, I spent time explaining my proposal to multiple media outlets (CBC, CTV, Metro, Bell Media, etc.). Here is a short interview with Richard Cloutier (CJOB Radio Winnipeg) so you get the gist.

Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/O6s6fK5GlVE

CITY COUNCIL UPDATE: On May 9th, a few hours after the CJOB interview, I found myself patiently waiting at City Hall (Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks) to state my case. Unfortunately, I didn’t book the entire morning off and ran out of time, due to another local issue running WAY longer than expected.  After excusing myself, I did leave behind the Edmonton Busking Guidelines and learnt later that City Council committee unanimously agreed to  review busking guidelines in Winnipeg. I did request to speak at a future meeting, and kinda promised I would bring my guitar next time! 🙂

My intent is to follow up with the committee in the next couple of weeks and ensure that they are considering all the angles/facts when it comes busking in Winnipeg. The ultimate desire is to make busking easier, more transparent, and the most street performing friendly city in Canada.

February 20, 2016

The Game of Love-Keys To The Junos 2016

Happy Weekend To ALL!!!!!!!

Yamaha is having a songwriting contest to win tickets to the Junos 2016, access to the Juno Songwriting Circle, and some other wicked musical prize packages (for the top 3). Having said that, there is nothing I’m asking of anyone. No clicking. No voting. Just have a listen and comment or share if you choose. Yamaha Canada Music has judges who are going to be picking their top 3.
Either way, I have already WON!!! I have been working on this song for almost 20 years, and this contest gave me the inspiration to finish it! To me …that’s a prize all unto itself!!!

May 23, 2015

This Superwoman Song Needs a New Name

So I have been working on this song what seems like forever. This video gives you the gist of the song (with errors and all), but surely it needs a new name. When it is one day recorded in studio, I believe it is more of a back forth conversation between  a male and female voice. I actually wrote it for my daughters, just in case I wasn’t alive to experience their first heart break 🙁 Deep i know!

Love to hear your thoughts? Do you have a better name?

Lee

May 2, 2015

My New Guitar Goddess

Saw this and had to quickly share. This  lady has skills… enjoy! #busking

http://youtu.be/I5F59PkcDWM

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April 15, 2015

Grooving Some Snarky Puppy – Lingus

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!”

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April 11, 2015

Aliens Are Listening To My Music Right Now

Dear Everyone,

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 🙂

Cheers,
Raito

PS. Yes I believe in aliens.

August 2, 2014

Ovation Guitar Meditation

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 🙂

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July 26, 2014

Rossland Brewery Company Jam

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:

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March 9, 2014

Random Acts of Music

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…

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August 12, 2012

Video Songwriting ~ Fly In The Sky

Working on a new song called Fly In The Sky. Recorded a short video for ya….

 

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