WHERE EVERYTHING IS MUSIC
Don't worry about saving these songs! And if one of our instruments breaks,
it doesn't matter. We have fallen into the place, where everything is music.
The strumming and the flute notes rise into the atmosphere,
and even if the whole world's harp should burn up, there will still be hidden instruments playing.
So the candle flickers and goes out. We have a piece of flint, and a spark.
This singing art is sea foam. The graceful movements come from a pearl
somewhere on the ocean floor.
Poems reach up like spindrift and the edge of driftwood along the beach, wanting!
They derive from a slow and powerful root that we can't see.
Stop the words now. Open the window in the center of your chest,
and let the spirits fly in and out.
What's coming up:
Alberta Culture Days, Performance at the Whyte Museum, Sunday Sept 29, 2-4pm
Canadian Country Music Week, Edmonton, September 5-8, 2013
Writing in Nashville, Oct 4-22, 2013
TEDx, Canmore, Silver Tip Golf Resort, Performance, Oct 25, 2013
November 4, 2013 Canmore Public Library Speaker Series
7:30 PM, Canmore: Wild Horses, Wild Wolves Maureen will deliver a fun illustrated lecture with Cori Brewster to sing "Valley of the Ghost" to end the program. Books will be available for purchase.
Okotokes Cultural and Historical Centre, Performance, March 1, 2014
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`Buffalo Street’ is a collection of beautiful stories inspired by the rich history of the Canadian Rockies and its people. Cori continues her commitment to the craft of songwriting and attention to detail that so effectively evokes a time, a sense of place, a character and of course a range of emotion.
What some reviewers have said about Buffalo Street
As a veteran and leading exponent of Canada’s storied folk heritage, Brewster’s mastery of the music’s many styles is unquestioned. Accomplished Canadian folk-country singer, Cori Brewster, returns with her fourth album, a wonderful collection of (mainly) self-penned songs inspired by her family and characters associated with them over the past hundred years or so in Banff. With an ear for a great melody and the storyteller’s insight for spinning a compelling yarn, Brewster puts both and more, on display with such compelling songs as My Familiar Sky, inspired by long-distance love letters written almost eighty years ago, or Diamond Hitch which explores the lives of the pioneers of the Canadian Rockies more than 140 years ago. With vocal inflections that sound clear-as-mountain-stream authentic, Brewster’s songs of love’s travails and the struggle to find meaning in hard times, really strike home on tunes such as Written In My Name, That Was Hell and the wonderful Take Me Back To Ireland a Celtic-tinged song yearning for Ireland and inspired by her great-great grandfather who moved to Canada during the Irish famine of the 1800s.Highly recommended." ****1/2 MAVERICK MAGAZINE-UK, Alan Cackett
Edmonton Journal-Roger Levesque"Buffalo Street is a fascinating set of historical portraits translated into song, by this gifted singer-songwriter...personalized with atmosphere, imagery and entertaining details".
CKUA-Bob Chelmick (Road Home)"When I heard 'Buffalo Street', I just felt like giving you the biggest hug for creating such a gorgeous collection of stories...you have found the fulfillment of your musical calling in these kind of moving character sketches... I love a good story, a great melody, and an artist who brings a passion to her work - and lets it live in her songs. That's why I feel so grateful for 'Buffalo Street''.
CFMU-Jim Marino"I will play all of it...I think it is (so far) the best of 09...what a gem, a winner from beginning to end".
See Magazine-Curtis Wright"With this release, Brewster joins a distinguished group of Albertan vocalists — people like the legendary Ian Tyson and that hurtin’ Albertan, Corb Lund — who share her affinity for storytelling and times gone by".
Herizon Magazine-Cindy Filipenko"Cori Brewster writes songs that capture the essence of a place better than most...Brewster has handily managed to turn these narratives into engaging folk songs.The musicianship on Buffalo Street is top notch..., Buffalo Street is an important one, as it represents folk music in the truest sense, recording history through lyric and melody, so that a culture’s important moments are not lost. Give this woman an Order of Canada for telling us about what Banff was before it became just another tourist Mecca".