This wistful but uplifting song by Canadian singer, composer and songwriter Danny Michel proved to be a good antidote after listening to just a few minutes of Donald Trump’s train wreck of a press conference this afternoon.
I heard and saw Michel for the first time in August 2013 in Portland, Oregon, when he was touring with the Garifuna Collective from Belize, and was immediately taken by how deftly he managed to pull off both plaintive and inspiring in Sad & Beautiful World, a song released earlier that summer.
I posted more about Michel and the Garifuna Collective from Portland that summer, including a dozen photo gallery. Do check it out.
By the way, if you’re not familiar with them, the Garifuna, or Garínagu people, are descendants of west Africans bound for slavery who were shipwrecked in 1635 off the coast of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. They eventually settled on the coasts of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They were never slaves.
At top, a shot of Michel performing at the Mississippi Studios club in Portland, serves proudly as the site’s 1,104th straight Pic du Jour.
For further explorations, some Michel links:
And most recently, news and info on his twelfth and latest album Khlebnikov, named for the 24,000 horesepower Soviet icebreaker on which the record was recorded as part of a project initiated by astronaut Chris Haddfield:
- How 24,000 horsepower helped fuel Danny Michel’s latest album – CBC Radio (6 January 2017)
- This musician recorded an album with Chris Hadfield on a ship in the Arctic – Toronto Life (10 January 2017)
- Danny Michel Details ‘Khlebnikov’ LP – Exclaim (28 November 2016)