Be Seein’ You

About 35 yrs ago I was hired to write some music for a television show about a young girl and her horse- it was called Letting Go and it was produced and broadcast as a regional prairie drama back when CBC did such things. A week after the broadcast they passed a letter from a fellow in Montreal who wrote in to say how much he liked this theme. With that as encouragement, I wrote some lyrics for it, and a little while ago performed it for the first time at a concert in Duncan.

Here is the video from that event- I hope you like it. It’s an old fashioned country waltz called Be Seein’ You

Good Fair World

I wrote and recorded the title track of my album Good Fair World in 2008. This was long before covid, proud boys, or the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

I wrote and recorded the title track of my album Good Fair World in 2008. This was long before covid, proud boys, or the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

My thinking was, world problems seem simple enough to solve, so why don’t we? Is that naive? We never seem to have enough facts to be sure of anything. This was true then and now that trust in the news and our leadership seems to be a trending problem all over, I feel like this little song is sadly gaining in relevance. But am I being sarcastic or optimistic? Both, obviously.

Good Fair World

Music and Lyrics- Jan Randall

All we need is a good world
Good world’s all we need
All we need is a good world
Good world’s all we need

Read your book on the beach
Drink not too far outa reach
A good world is really all we need.

All we need is a fair world
A fair world’s all we need
All we need is a fair world
Fair world is really all we need

Where night is night
And day is day
Do your work and Collect your pay
A fair fair world is really all we need

So let an inch be an inch
And a pound be a pound
Let Up be up
And Down be down
When you join the game
And ya pay your dues
Let the winners win
Let the losers lose

All we need is a nice world
Nice world’s all we need
All we need is a nice world
Nice world’s all we need

We’ll keep square as square
And round as round
Keep our heads in the air
And our feet on the ground
We’ll never never let the good guys fail
Make all the bad guys go to jail
We could heal the sick
We could feed the poor
Tie dye our shirts
Make love not war

A fair world is really all we need
A nice world is really all we need
A good good fair fair world is really all we need.

The fine line between naive optimism and an endless eternal cloud of doom

BLUES PARTY THIS WEEK AT HERMANN’S

Back again by popular demand! Join these multi-blues award winners deemed “Masters of Old School Blues” by Blues Revue Magazine for a fun filled Thursday night of blues! With an all star band: Jan Randall on Piano, Jack Lavin on bass, and Ross Hall on Drums, this show will feature more songs from their exciting collection of classic and original blues favourites. Highlighted by Diana’s authentic blues vocal sound and legendary multi-instrumentalist Chris Whiteley on slide guitar, harmonica and trumpet, this promises to be a memorable night of great music. Don’t miss this dynamic “real deal” duo before they head back east.

Our band, Rhythm Train will be backing up Canadian blues treasures Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley with special guest Eugene Smith at Victoria’s legendary Hermann’s Jazz Club this coming Thursday May 5th. Details at. this link https://hermannsjazz.com//show/556857/view

Back again by popular demand! Join these multi-blues award winners deemed “Masters of Old School Blues” by Blues Revue Magazine for a fun filled Thursday night of blues! With an all star band: Jan Randall on Piano, Jack Lavin on bass, and Ross Hall on Drums, this show will feature more songs from their exciting collection of classic and original blues favourites. Highlighted by Diana’s authentic blues vocal sound and legendary multi-instrumentalist Chris Whiteley on slide guitar, harmonica and trumpet, this promises to be a memorable night of great music. Don’t miss this dynamic “real deal” duo before they head back east.
Special guest – the legendary vocalist Eugene Smith! A rare Victoria performance by this unique entertaining singer who has shared the stage with BB King, Gordon Lightfoot, Bo Diddley and K.D. Lang to name just a few! Throughout his lengthy career, Eugene toured with ‘Rompin’ Ronnie Hawkins to Memphis, Alabama and many southern states and also led his own successful band for many years. 

Three fantastic performers – Thursday May 5th, 7pm – Good entertainment to the max!

Here’s what Mike Devlin from the Times Colonist said about Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley’s previous show March 11th 2022:

Critic’s Pick List! “The duo of singer Diana Braithwaite and multi-instrumentalist Chris Whiteley is a two-pronged threat, with both veterans bringing something special to the table. With multiple Juno Award nominations and Maple Blues Award wins as a unit, they are an extremely esteemed duo in the blues genre…band that includes Jack Lavin on bass, Ross Hall on drums, and Jan Randall on piano, expect great things to happen. This will be a party with a capital P.” 

Band: Jack Lavin, Ross Hall, Jan Randall

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