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Sound of Soundings:
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
I’m not what you’d call a spiritual person. Perhaps I should be—I don’t think it would hurt me to get in touch with a kinder, gentler, calmer version of myself.
Even in my state of spiritual ignorance, I’m still aware of Dean and Dudley Evenson and the peaceful-yet-mighty musical empire they’ve built right in our own backyard. Called Soundings of the Planet, it’s the umbrella under which the Evensons have released a staggering number of music and video recordings. If you’ve ever had a massage and been lulled into a state of meditative bliss by the soundtrack chosen by your massage therapist, odds are pretty high it was a Soundings of the Planet release.
Over the years, the Evensons—probably the kindest, most humble folks you’ll ever encounter—have built Soundings of the Planet into an impressive enterprise that boasts (the Evensons would never boast) millions of albums and downloads sold. Their releases have been listened to billions of times.
Not bad for a couple who got their start selling cassette tapes out of the back of a van.
Just as notable, this year marks the 40th anniversary of Soundings of the Planet, and the Evensons are throwing a party to celebrate and inviting their musical friends and the general public to mark the occasion with them. The event will happen Sat., Sept. 28 at the Majestic, and will feature Dean and Dudley, as well as Tom Barabas, Scott Huckabay, Peter Ali, d’Rachael, Phil Heaven, Burke Mulvany, and others, too many to list here. Tickets and more information can be found at http://www.soundings.com.
Awhile back, I told local musician and booking agent Jan Peters that my sieve-like brain works best with reminders, and so he should not hesitate to bug me when he he’s cooking up something special. And so when he confirmed renowned vocal group Windborne for a Wed., Oct. 2 show in Boundary Bay Brewery’s Mountain Room, he sent me an email to let me know. Then, over the course of the few weeks following, he sent me insect emojis by way of “bugging” me.
I have to confess that I did not respond to them at first because I wanted to see how many bugs he had in his arsenal.
His unorthodox approach worked because here I am telling you about the show.
The quartet of close-harmony singers hails from New England, but perform music from the world over. Their concerts feature songs from places as far-flung as Corsica, the Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, Quebec, and Basque country, and from the American folk tradition as well. They’ve also built their following on using their music as a vehicle for social change, which has never been more necessary than it is now. Tickets to see them are $20, but something tells me if you come up short, you might be able to talk your way in. Just bug Jan about it. I’m told that kind of thing works.