It’s been a while since I shared new music, so I am pretty excited to finally share a new song with you! As some of you know, I had the incredible opportunity of spending three weeks at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity this past March for the Songwriter Residency.
During the last couple days of the residency, my mother was with her siblings in Sidney by the Sea, British Columbia clearing out my grandmother’s apartment, after her recent passing at the age of 98!!
I was thinking a lot about my grandmother and all the things I loved about her. There were a lot of family texts going back and forth about who wanted what of her beautiful little oceanfront apartment on Vancouver Island.
After three weeks of writing some deep songs, I was a feeling a little creatively burnt out. One of our songwriting mentors Kim Richey had put a little red bag of song prompts outside her office for moments such as this. I decided to go grab one to spark some new creativity. The song prompt I pulled out was “old tea cup.” The rest is history!
I recorded this song in the summer with Harry Gregg at Riverdale Recorders with Ryan Jacobson (guitars & bass), Jered Evangelos (drums and harmonies) and Brennan Cameron (mandolin and organ). I shared the song with my family as we took a ferry out onto the Pacific Ocean to scatter my grandmother’s ashes. My grandmother’s favourite happy hour cocktail was a rye and water, so I gave each family member a little bottle of rye and a teacup with a qr code for them to be able to download the song.
We sailed to Sidney spit (a small island just off Sidney) after the memorial, picnicked and swam in the ocean and sipped our rye and waters together in the sun. It was a lovely moment and my beautiful grandmother’s legacy lives on and on.
Here is my ode to my grandmother Audrey Eileen Wakeham.
Lyric video below. Download the song here