The Cuckoo Gene
by Xavier Boscher in La Musique dans la Plume Translated into English by Naomi Readman This is the first album from Chronolord, a band made up of two English exiles in North America (Baltimore and Vancouver), built upon traditional progressive rock music (song structures, concepts, themes etc.) but with a freshness that is a pleasure to listen to. Eleven short songs, in comparison to the 10+ minutes duration of traditional prog rock tracks, are set against the backdrop of a sci-fi story. Following the destruction of Planet Earth how can we save humanity from the collapse of a failing ecosystem? This is the question that the group explores; a topic close to our hearts at the moment.
Musical styles reminiscent of various bands and artists are used – from Hawkwind, David Bowie and Pink Floyd to Marillion (without the theatrical side) and even strains of Ayreon – while concentrating on the narrative elements which underpin the inspirational and beautiful creation of our two protagonists. From a foundation of the traditional sounds of keyboards and guitars, the compositions are expanded by the rich vocal and musical arrangements which bring that little extra soul to the complex genre of prog rock.
Thanks to polished in-house production this duo has a bright future ahead of them, if further albums turn out to be at least as interesting. Long may it continue – I’m looking to the next one already!
STANDING TALL DOCUMENTARY FILM
Tim’s episode in the Christine Baudry and Two Sparrows Media documentary series Standing Tall: Vancouver Stories During the 2020 Pandemic is now available for viewing on YouTube.
The first episode Laughter is the Best Medicine got the Award of Excellence at the Depth of Field Film Festival.
BE KIND TO THE WORLD VIDEO
Tim recorded this environmentally friendly children’s song in June. Alan Millen wrote the lyrics and Tim did the music. Alan elaborates as follows:
“The summer solstice seems like a good moment to upload this little nod to Mother Nature. Most of the video content is from my own travels, with a few borrowings from the Internet, all credited at the end. The guitar-and-vocal recording is by Tim Readman. I wrote the lyrics with my own grandchildren in mind and tried to express the sentiment in a way they could relate to. It’s intended as a sing-along number for the whole family. We intend to make a more elaborate recording when circumstances again favour going into a studio. In the meantime, here’s what we brought for Show and Tell on the longest day of 2020. Please share the link as you see fit.” You can view the video here.
CHEYENNE TO MEMPHIS
August 17 marked the 43rd anniversary of Elvis’s passing, one year more than the 42 years he lived. And this, my friends, is the theme song to the yet-to-be-made movie, set sometime in the mid-1980s.
An Elvis Presley fan and bowling alley operator in Cheyenne, Wyoming, sees his world fall apart when his wife runs off with the Elvis impersonator performing at the local Wide Sky Cabaret. He pours out his sorrows to the Elvis shrine in his man-cave. Miraculously, he hears a voice: “Come to Graceland!” He promptly sets off in his restored 1965 Cadillac Coupe de Ville on a journey of 1089 miles. En route he encounters Elvis personas in many guises: Elvis the gas station attendant, Elvis the bartender, Elvis the convenience store clerk, Elvis the motel manager, Elvis the police officer – you get the idea. Determined to win back his wayward wife, he writes a song with a heartfelt message. Now all he has to do when he gets to Memphis is find Scotty Moore, Elvis’ legendary lead guitarist, and persuade him to help him record the song. Next stop: Sun Studios at 706 Union Avenue. Hear it all here!