ANN VRIEND’S LONG ROAD (MF GALAXY 045)
SUPERB SONGWRITER-MUSICIAN ON THE CRAFT OF WRITING AND EDITING, THE TEN THOUSAND OUR RULE, AND WHY PASTRY CHEFS DON’T WANT YOU TO EAT THE DOUGH
Ann Vriend is a superb, independent songwriter-musician who’s toured the world and has created six albums including her most recent and critically-acclaimed release, For the People in the Mean Time.
Her vocals are a fusion of Dolly Parton and Aretha Franklin, and her lyrical skill is a standout for her generation. She’s the winner of the 2013 Canadian “She’s the One” contest.
In today’s episode of MF GALAXY, Ann Vriend discusses:
- Her approach to the craft of songwriting, including the work of editing
- The influence of Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen
- The importance of endless effort and the ten thousand hour rule
- Why pastry chefs don’t want you to eat the dough
- Being true to one’s artistic vision, and
- The true meaning of limitations
Throughout the show we’ll hear excerpts from the album For the People in the Mean Time, specifically “A Long Road,” “A Need So Wide,” “The Greatest Killer,” and “Wonder Why.”
I spoke with Ann Vriend in her home in the McCauley neighbourhood of Edmonton on September 20, 2015. You’ll hear ambient noise throughout our conversation, including at one point a dishwasher running, so I apologise for the below-average sound-quality of this episode. And now on MF Galaxy, my conversation with Ann Vriend.
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This extended edition includes Ann Vriend discussing:
- Business advice for musicians, including how to manage enthusiastic fans
- The need for business education for musicians
- The influence of learning French on her personal development
- The effect on her outlook and songwriting of living in Edmonton’s McCauley neighbourhood,
- Her reaction to her conservative upbringing, and her thoughts on art versus propaganda, and
- The global African songwriters and novelists who’ve had the most powerful impact on her.
- You’ll also hear an excerpt from her song, “Those Records.” And now, the extended edition content of my conversation with Ann Vriend.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Blue Chair Café
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Nickelodeon Folk Club
Crescent Heights Community Hall
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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