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Shelley Posen—charter member of the much-admired Canadian vocal trio Finest Kind, solo recording artist, and songwriter’s songwriter—has just launched his fifth CD, Ontario Moon.
Ontario Moon is an uncommonly fine collection of 12 new Shelley songs—witty, tuneful, and well crafted. As with any Shelley recording, they offer generous measures of love, laughter, tears, and (no surprise to fans), good food. So, for instance—
A tongue-in-cheek country song boasts—
The best song ever written
Is the one that I just wrote
The words bring teardrops to my eyes
And I just love every note
I’m sending it to all my friends
I know that they’ll agree
It’s the best song ever written
By anybody—not just me.
There is a song about death—a toe-tapper, but still …
You go downhill
All of a sudden
First you’re fine
Then you’re not—
On a one-way
Ride to the bottom
Before you know it
Your life is shot.
And food-wise, along with ‘Sugar Bush Breakfast’ and ‘Tea Time’, Shelley serves up a mouth-watering paean to Bub’s, his favorite BBQ joint—
Soon another pig has met its fate
Spare rib bones piled on your plate
Now loosen your belt a notch or two
There’s still some great desserts for you
Sweet potato and pecan pies
Deep-fried Twinkies—hoo! family size! [You’re]
Back at Bub’s!
The songs on Ontario Moon are about love and heartbreak, life and death, even songwriting itself, and Shelley’s rich, distinctive voice is a perfect story-telling instrument. It suits every musical style on the recording—and there are many: session musicians included a jazz ensemble, country band, string quartet, bottleneck guitar virtuoso, and a troupe of gypsy jazz masters. (Love the sound of this song? Just wait till you hear the next.)
Listen as Ontario Moon shines. To paraphrase the title song, its “silv’ry beams make all of our dreams come true.”
For more on Shelley and his songs, visit www.welldonemusic.shelleyposen.com