Check out Daniel Campoli’s portfolio to meet a young, very talented musician. Daniel not only writes and records his own pieces, but sings and plays the piano too. Listen to his latest single entitled “Broadcast From my Bedroom” here or on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify or Amazon Music.
I was just introduced to Daniel myself, virtually, through Facebook and was blown away by his voice and talent. It turns out he grew up, and his parents still live, around the corner from my brother in Ingleside, just west of Cornwall, Ontario. His mother and my sister in law have been friends for years. It is indeed a small world, especially when you grow up in a small town.
Social media can be wonderful for sharing positive, inspirational stories like this, compared to all the vitriol that seems to have taken over our media sources lately. I am always happy to share such amazing talent.
The Brass Monkey on Greenbank Road in Ottawa was rocking last night thanks to vocalist and drummer extraordinaire Roy Nichol and his group of talented musicians known as Fire and Ice. Guitarists Mark Day and Don LeCompte flanked Nichol and his drums for the set of Journey songs with Tammy McRae joining in as lead vocalist for the Pat Benatar set.
The music was a walk down memory lane in more ways than one for me. I grew up two doors down from Mark Day in Cornwall. As a tomboy, I spent many hours with Mark, his oldest brother and my own brothers playing everything from hide and seek to flag football. We lived on a dead end, small street, a safe haven for all the neighbourhood kids. As we hit our teenaged years, Mark moved on to spend more time with his guitar and rock band friends, so we lost touch. We reconnected recently on Facebook with other members of the McGregor Avenue gang.
In my late teens I met Roy Nichol at a friend’s cottage where she hosted many a summer party. Roy often played the drums and occasionally sang at these parties. His speciality (as I remember it) was Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” Every time I hear that song, even 40 years later, it brings me back to those days.
Enough of the nostalgia and back to the present where Roy is currently the drummer and vocalist for a few different bands, including Canada’s April Wine. That skinny boy on the drums from my 70’s memories has certainly done well for himself.
Currently, and especially as this was a tribute to Journey, Roy’s vocals share an uncanny and remarkable resemblance to those of Journey’s Steve Perry back in the late 70s and 80s. Not that I am an expert of anything rock related, but must one not be incredibly talented (not to mention coordinated) to excel on the drums and the vocals at the same time? Obviously the crowd gathered last night agreed as they sang along and danced the night away.
While reminiscing for a few moments with Roy between sets last night, I did ask him if he still performed Stairway to Heaven. His reply was “not for many years, but maybe I should get back to it”.
That was the chorus of a song my mother used to sing all the time back in the 60s and 70s. I was reminded of it recently when observing my grandson’s attention to detail. I started wondering what he might do for a career, way down the road. He did just turn one. I am fascinated that he has always been fascinated with textures and gadgets like door pulls, door stops, light switches, openings or holes.
The next part of the song went like this…
“I asked my mother, what will I be?”
“Will I be handsome?” (Of course you will)
“Will I be rich?” (Who knows)
“Here’s what she said to me…”
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Last Christmas by ANDREW WAINES is now my favourite Christmas song. I have always loved the original by the late George Michaels, but Andrew’s new live cover is special (pun intended). Watch and listen to his voice and guitar skills in this live coverof Last Christmas…
Stay tuned there for his other live covers. While you are at it, check out an Andrew Waines original called LovingCarefully.
Andrew is the same age as my youngest son; they were good friends back in their earliest school days here in Kanata. It is wonderful to see (and hear) his success in the music industry.
If you love Andrew’s Last Christmas cover as much as I do phone, tweet or email your local radio station to request it! Majic 100 here in Ottawa has it in their Christmas lineup…
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