Songwriters Go Underground
What an awesome evening of Saskatoon Songwriters at the Underground Café. And what a venue! The Café is everything a coffee house and performance space should be—cosy, casual, art-filled—you know, “cultured” in the best sense of that word. The grilled chicken sandwich was delicious as was the “super cran tea”…loose tea served with its own infuser. The stage is intimate with their cool logo on the wall.
There were eight of us— Jay Semko, Alex Runions, Terry Jordan, Trish & Wendy, Sally Meadows, Rhonda Gallant-Morari and Micheal Lander –representing quite a range of musical styles. Indie, folk, pop, light jazz, gospel, bluegrass. Wow. And a great mix of piano players and guitarists. I sang a new song written in my Berklee “Writing Hit Songs” course, “Love Me Like a Dew Drop in the Rain” and also performed “I Say Amen to That” from my first CD. Jay Semko and Alex Runions were awesome. I listened to Jay’s “Flora Vista” CD in the car, quite enjoyed it, especially the song “Ocean in Your Eyes.” Terry Jordan was accompanied by Jill on the banjo, which added much to the evening.
Speaking of the banjo, Northern Lights Bluegrass Festival was a sponsor as was Blackridge Brewery, Studio XII Music and Dance Company, and the Underground Café. Big thanks to them all! Micheal Lander, the chair of the Saskatoon RWG of Songwriters Association of Canada, organized the event—and superbly so, I might add. He is quite a singer-songwriter himself, great vocal control.
I connected with several songwriters in the audience whom I had met through the Saskatoon group, and cannot remember when I felt such a sense of community among songwriters…and to think, I had to go Underground to experience it 😉
Keep writing everyone, we cannot wait to hear your next song!