Corby's Orbit

Corby's Orbit
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi

Monday, February 11, 2019

Correct Grammys

An inspiring night.

Woman a run tings.
“From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side to the ‘Who Runs the World’ songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story . . . whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves. Our dignity, our sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters, every story within every voice, every note within every song.” - Michelle Obama

I am always grateful for tears shed from music, and a big one came bulging out when Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus and Maren Morris sang Neil Youngs After The Gold Rush. Look at Mother Nature On The Run In The Twenty First Century. 

Drake was just being the humanitarian. Not anti-Grammy, just urging his fellow noms to maintain. Not negative at all. But it was criminal television to cut away from pretty much the most popular musical voice currently performing.

Drake; “I want to take this opportunity while I’m up here to just talk to all the kids that are watching this that are aspiring to do music, all my peers that make music from their heart, that do things pure and tell the truth. I want to let you know we play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport. So it’s not the NBA where at the end of the year you’re holding a trophy because you made the right decisions and won the games,” Drake said. “This is a business where sometimes it’s up to a bunch of people that might not understand, you know, what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say or a fly Spanish girl from New York or a brother from Houston right there, my brother Travis.or anybody else."

“The point is, you’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown. Look, look if there is people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows,” he added. The New York Times commented, 

We don’t know what was coming next, though, because his mic was abruptly cut off as he was in mid-sentence . . . which, in a nice bit of irony, helped hammer home his point.

A representative for the Grammys clarified that producers did not intentionally cut off Drake but were under the impression that he had finished his speech.

“During Drake’s speech, there was a natural pause and at that moment the producers did assume that he was done and then cut to commercial,” said Sunshine Sachs’ Michael Samonte. “However the producers did speak with Drake following his speech and did offer him to come back on stage to finish whatever his thoughts were. But Drake said he was happy with what he said and didn’t have anything to add.”

 I was also impressed with that country duo, Dan + Shay, and with Ms.Diana Rosss voice and self-regard, and Miley and Shawn Mendes singing their hearts out on In My Blood. I might have dropped a tear on that one too. Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara are the key songwriting voices of this generation (and not just in Canada) and every time they open their mouths it`s beautiful and full of thought. 

And finally some recognition for Donny Hathaway, my dear hero of song. 

Now bring on the Junos.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Playlist For Corby's Orbit Show of 8 February

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

( Brought to you by Lily Black, White Friday and Black Current Jams )

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  

Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:15 The Apple Of The All Seeing Eye

* Kobo Town ~ Before The Day  Star ~ Where The Galleon Sank

* Sweet Little Lies ~ Madeleine Roger ~ Cottonwood ~@ Burdock Sunday 6 p.m. 

* Carly Dow ~ Constellations ~ Comet ~ @ Burdock Sunday 6 p.m. 

* Tannis Slimmon ~ Underground Railroad ~ Lucky Blue ~ @ Tranzac tonight 7:30

* Whitehorse ~ I Just Want To Make Love To You ~ The Northern South vol. ll NEW DISK

* Lindi Ortega ~ Afraid Of The Dark ~ Liberty ~ @ Phoenix Saturday for The Longest Road Show

* Lee Harvey Osmond ~ Forty Light Years ~ Mohawk NEW DISK

* Beatrice Deer ~ Sapannga Sujunakua ~ My All To You

5:45 Essential Influential Potentials

Rory Block ~ Pure Religion ~ I Belong To The Band ~ @ Hugh's Room Live Tuesday 12 February

Lonnie Johnson (b. New Orleans February 8, 1889 – d. Toronto June 16, 1970) ~ She's Making Whoopee In Hell Tonight / Playing With the Strings / No More Women Blues ~ Steppin' On The Blues ~ (Columbia Roots 'N' Blues 1990)

* Elizabeth Shepherd ~ Our Lady ~ MONtreal ~ CD release @ Music Gallery tonight  NEW DISK

6:15 Afraid Of The Stark

SWV ~ Right Here (Human Nature Duet 12" Demolition Mix) ~ The Remix EP

Sigrid ~ High Five ~ Sucker Punch 

* Michael Garrick & One Nation Rebels ~ Sound Of Silence ~ Fussing & Fighting ~ @ Lee's Palace Saturday for  Bob Marley Birthday Celebration NEW DISK

Bunny Wailer ~ Conscious Lyrics ~ Dance Massive

6:30 Locus Focus

* J.V.'s Bugaloo Squad ~ Squadzilla ~ Going To Market ~ CD Release Thursday 21 February @ Burdock & Sundays @ The Rex NEW DISK

* Tanya Wills Quartet ~ Chicken Mamas ~ It's Time ~ @ Alliance Francaise Thursday 14 January 1 p.m. NEW DISK

* Jim Brennan 11 ~ Hiding Place ~ 50 / 50 / Toronto Music Listings

Mandolin Orange ~ Big Men In The Sky ~ Hard-Hearted Stranger ~ Phoenix Tuesday 12 February

* Kalle Mattson ~ Once ~ Youth ~ @ Drake Hotel Saturday 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Playlist For Corby's Orbit Show of 1 February

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

( Brought to you by The Bipolar Vortex, Tension Deficits and Spatial Dementias )

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  

Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

Guests: Judy Brown & Emily, Cassie & Maggie (MacDonald) and Just Jillian

5:00 Summit Up & Say it

* Judy Brown ~ Say It / Interview / Free Range Man (live) / Nothing Left To Say (live) ~ Say It ~ @ the Blues Summit tonight at the downtown Marriott Hotel Courtyard

5:20 Blues Swings and Rock Slides

*MIP Power Trio ~ Limoilou Blues ~ Half Pint FullHeart ~ @ Burdock Tuesday 5 February with Noah Zacharin

Green Day ~ You Lied ~ Shenanigans ~ "Dookie" 25th Anniversary Celebration at Cavern tonight

* Earle & Coffin ~ Help Me ~ Wood Wire Blood & Bone ~ @ Maple Blues Awards / Koerner Hall Monday 4 February 

* Jerome Tucker Band ~ Too Deep ~ Still On Fire ~ @ The Linsmore Tavern Sunday 

Florence & The Machine with Ivan Neville~ Not Fade Away / Cee Lo Green ~ (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care ~ Rave On Buddy Holly (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959)

* Jenie Thai ~ I Can't Keep Waiting ~ Night On Fire ~ @ Maple Blues Awards / Koerner Hall Monday 4 February 

6:00 Ladies & The T'ump

* Cassie & Maggie ~ Buain A' Choirce / Interview / Cassie's Medley (live) ~ Sterling Pond (2014) ~ @ Winterfolk XVII Blues & Roots Festival February 22-24, Showcases at 10:00 Saturday and 9:00 Sunday

<<<< photo by Glamma

6:15 Many Reggae Returns

Bob Marley & The Wailers ~ Natural Mystic / Running Away ~ Bob Marley Birthday Party (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) with Sister Nancy @ Radio, Wednesday 

Dennis Brown  (1 February 1957 – 1 July 1999) & We The People Band ~ Words Of Wisdom / Ain't That Lovin' You ~ Live At Montreux 1979 ~ Dennis Brown Tribute @ Thymeless tonight

6:25 Just Jillian 

* Just Jillian ~ Three Seconds / Interview / What Day Is It? (live) ~ What Day Is It? NEW DISK~ CD launch @ The Linsmore Tavern Thursday 7 February

6:40 Wandrous 

* Alison Au ~ Looking Up ~ Wander Wonder NEW DISK (Juno Nominee/ Jazz Group)

* Angela Verbrugge ~ The Night We Couldn't Say Goodnight ~ The Night We Couldn't Say Goodnight NEW DISK

Bowery Electric ~ Floating World ~ Lush Life / Toronto Music Listings 

* Christine Bougie ~ Proximity ~ Whistle Up A World ~ New Band @ Burdock Monday 4 February 

* Jennifer Foster ~ The Key (Different Than I Used To Be) ~ Songs From The Alien Beacon ~ @ Tranzac tonight 7:30

Monday, January 28, 2019

Garry Lowe: Foundation Bass Player Mourned at spectacular Toronto event

Roots Music Canada

The late Toronto bass player Garry Lowe, taken by cancer earlier in the year, was honoured with a concert at the Danforth Music Hall on the last Friday night of 2018, on what would have been his 65th birthday. The personal kinship that he cultivated with his outgoing but humble personality and unique musical gifts during his lifetime was evident in the consistently inspired lineup of talent that took the stage. Set on a relatively warm evening, the show featured a mix of rock, reggae and hip hop super-novas, all backed by Gordie Johnson’s Big Sugar band. Throughout the four-hour tribute, an A-list of artists too lengthy to recount (see poster) brought waves of amplified love and respect to a sold-out, full-on Friday night audience.
Upon arriving from Jamaica, Garry had been intrinsic to the growth of Toronto’s club reggae scene since the late seventies. Appearing first in Fabian Miranda’s Tropical Energy Experience, he was also a founding member of seminal pan-Caribbean reggae brigade Truths & Rights. As Jamaican superstars began to appear in the city, Garry became a first-call accompanist for shows in major halls, often working with innovative drummer Walter “Crash” Morgan or the brilliant Raffa Dean. Welcoming a new audience, fresh venues such as The Bamboo, The Jerk Pit and a strip of clubs on Sherbourne Avenue sprang up, creating more work and the need for more bands. Garry was often appearing in several bands a week, including Boncongonistas (photo above from 1991), Culture Shock, Mojah & Friends and Black Empire. At this point, Garry was selected to join Big Sugar as their permanent bassist, developing his style further to bridge the heartbeat of reggae with the nerve of rock.
The many inspirational luminaries participating in the tribute spanned both the Canadian and Jamaican musical spectrums. Bernie Pitters, Errol Blackwood, Willie Williams, and Carl Harvey, (left) all cornerstones of Canadian reggae history, brought detailed attention to arrangements at a rehearsal at Long & McQuade's the day before.

 Canadian hip hop notables Maestro Fresh Wes (left) and Dream Warriors (right) integrated the VIP horn section of Roscoe Christie, Christopher Brophy, Howard Moore and Isax Injah (right) into their hit classics Conducting Things, Ludi and My Definition. 

Throughout it all, Big Sugar's natural cohesion (left, with Molly Johnson and below, at soundcheck, with Adrian "Sherriff" Miller / photo by Carl Harvey) kept everything focused and on the one.

Highlights of the night included a reunion appearance by Garry’s eighties aggregation Culture Shock, an emotional  rendition of Bob Marley’s anthem “Redemption Song,” sung by Garry’s son, Ben Lowe, and a thrilling performance at the beginning of the second set by Leroy Sibbles, one of the icons of Jamaican reggae, who made Toronto his home for many years.  Photo by Jeremy Smith above: Dream Warriors with members of The Memberz
His song “Country Boy,” originally recorded by The Heptones, was a particular favourite of Garry`s, and it was energized in this performance by a host of musicians who had called him a friend.  And the entire audience was singing along. 
Film by Anji Rootz
Originally published at Roots Music Canada

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Corby's Orbit Playlist For Show Of 25 January with Kate Weekes

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

( Brought to you by Code Medicine, Algo Rhythms and Dada Bass )

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  

Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

Guests: Kate Weekes

Click on photos to enlarge.

5:00 Winternational

Oliver Mtukudzi ~  (22 September 1952 – 23 January 2019) Zimbabwean musician, businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador ~ Kusekana Kwanakamba ~ Vhunze Moto

* Maryem & Ernie Tollar ~ Omneya Part ii Desire ~ Mernie 

* Eliana Cuevas ~ El Linda Maita ~ Golpes Y Flores

Axial ~ Papaloco ~ The New Brazilian Music 

5:20 Songologues

* John Paul Kleiner ~ Skin's Too Thin ~ Intercity NEW DISK ~ CD Launch @ Supermarket tonight

* Willard Bond ~ Something About You ~ The Happy Trail

* Oh Geronimo ~ Souvenir ~ Oh Geronimo EP

* Carly Dow ~ Dreaming Of You ~ Comet ~ @ Burdock Sunday 10 February

Thundercat ~ Them Changes ~ Drunk

* Allegra Jordyn ~ Lighthouse ~ Possibilities NEW DISK

5:50 Pastoral Weekes

* Kate Weekes ~ Cougar On The Mountain / Love Becomes Less / Taken By Surprise / Imaginary Lovers / Interview / A Day Called Summer ~ Taken By Surprise NEW DISK ~ CD Launch @ Burdock Thursday 31 January

6:20 Deepest Symphonies

* Ivana Popovic ~ Gypsy Me ~ Bushes & Bombshelters NEW DISK ~ CD Launch @ Gallery 345 Sunday 10 February 2 p.m.

Philip Glass ~ Heroes Symphony / First Movement ~ Heroes Symphony

* Jim Brennan 11 ~ Eleven Eleven ~ 50/50 NEW DISK

J.J. Johnson ~ Swing Spring ~ The Brass Orchestra

* 6:40 Young And Bluer

* Judy Brown ~ He Got Me ~ Say It! ~ @ Marriott Toronto for Blues Summit Nine Friday February 1st at 9:30 and on Corby's Orbit next Friday

* Michelle Rumball ~ Make A List ~ Years Behind NEW DISK

North Carolina Chocolate Drops ~ Po'Black Sheep ~ Leaving Eden

* Alison Au Quartet ~ Future Self ~ Wander Wonder NEW DISK / Toronto Music Listings

* Kevin Roy ~ Same Old Sky ~ Heartworn Highways 

* Steven Taetz ~ Other Side Of The World ~ Drink You In ~ @ Home Smith Bar in The Old Mill Wednesday 30 January 7:30