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  Spring Giddiness
 Rumi

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
 and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
 where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.
I would love to kiss you.
The price of kissing is your life.
Now my loving is running toward my life shouting,
What a bargain, let’s buy it.

Daylight, full of small dancing particles 
and the one great turning, our souls 
are dancing with you, without feet, they dance.
Can you see them when I whisper in your ear? 
All day and night, music,
a quiet, bright 
reedsong. If it
fades, we fade.

       For ages, I have wanted to be brave enough to post my paintings on my web site...

                                           Well here they are: click the link and enjoy!

You Tube video: Paintings

                                                         What's coming up: Performances

House concert, Calgary, Sunday, April 27, 2014

           For info: Deb at deb.matheson@shaw.ca 

Songwriting Workshop: Symposium on Hope, Aging and Creative Expression.

 4th Creative Aging Symposium being held May 1, 2014 at Mount Royal University, Calgary

 

     Nature in Focus Hiking: See the Rockies like you never have, and enjoy one of my songs:

                                                     Click here:  You tube video:My Familiar Sky

 

  Recent Performances: 

                          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. 

                                                

                                      CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR VIDEO'S

`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.

  • CKUA-David Ward's Fab Five pick for CD of the year.
  • XM 14 The Village Top Tracks for September #1 Trono
  •  # 2 on CKUA (May 31-June 13,2009)
  • #1 Top Canadian Album from FOLKDJ (USA & Canada Folk Radio Programs) July
  • #1 Top Canadian Song `Trono’ from FOLKDJ-July
  • #2 Top Canadian Artist from FOLKDJ- July
  • 4½ stars out of 5 from Maverick Magazine based in the UK.
  • Reviews in Maverick, Sing Out magazine and Penguin Eggs

                               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".