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Shari Ulrich: Of course, as they say, it all starts with the song, and I will boldly say, I wrote my little heart out for this album. I started a year or so after the release of the last album and made regular trips to my favourite writing spot on Vancouver Island for close to three years.
Yes, that’s a long time – but there was a lot of touring in that time, and I’m not someone who writes on the road. I tend to need a chunk of undistracted time to ‘get in the zone.’ That’s the way it’s always been for me, so – who am I to question?
For every song on this album, I wrote another three pieces ranging from promising snippets to ‘almost there’s that are in my back pocket for the next album. The twelve we chose are an eclectic mix of styles and subjects – from the rocky “Rocky Shores” – a cautionary tale of infidelity with a nod to myth of the Sirens, to celebrating my adopted country in “Canada,” to questioning our logic as a species in “Mars,” to the joy and heartbreak of aging in “These Lines” and “The Sweater,” to the mystery of creativity in “Busy,” to celebrating life and love in “That’s What I Thought Too,” “Love is Everything” and “Goodnight.”
And of course, given I was a musician long before I was a songwriter, there has to be an instrumental in there, hung on a lively little piece called “Ferry Tale Jig” by Sarah Frank of The Bombadils.
You’ve heard me wax on… about my passion for music and how much we need it, how exhilarating it is to play it, and my perennial awe in how it makes us feel. So to have another batch of tunes out in the world makes me very happy. Ironically, after 45 years I feel like I’m still getting just started and there’s so much music to write, sing, play, and share. I hope I get a good long life to do it!