Sunday, September 23, 2012

Eclectic Tastes



While on PEI we were fortunate enough to get a chance to see Laura Smith (click) in concert.

She was performing in a little cafe/Inn in the next village, Mount Stewart.


This would be moi making the reservations.

We had dinner there before the concert started....the BEST fishcakes I ever tasted!! Seriously!

When Ms.Smith arrived to have dinner, I approached to ask if it was alright with her if I could take a few photos. She said yes but only during the first piece. So I did.



Best darn-tootin fish cakes you ever did have!!!




Happy Ron!



Laura Smith......





The following has become Laura Smith's 'signature song' and she sang this as her last piece that evening. I learned the original version as a child . Enjoy.

28 comments:

  1. All I can say is the video and her beautiful voice brought tears to my eyes this Sunday morning. What a beautiful rendition. It made me think back upon childhood and the innocence of one's first love. Your photographs are wonderful...the first one is so pretty. What a lovely spot to go for dinner and such special music. Thanks so much for sharing them with us this week. It was a lovely way to be introduced to your blog. May you enjoy a full and happy Sunday today. genie

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    1. Genie, welcome. It is good to meet you and I am happy you enjoyed Laura Smith's rendition of this song.

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    2. I am trying now to see if she has an album that I might buy. Will go to the site you highlighted and work from there. I love loved her voice. It is a God given gift. genie

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  2. What a great song, Jim. It really speaks to your soul, doesn't it, with her beautiful voice? Those fish cakes look 'darn-tootin' delicious! :) Terrific photos, especially the one with Ron. He looks blissfully happy!

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    1. Thanks Martha! Hey, Ron was blissfully happy because he knew FOOD was coming!!!! lol

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  3. That song gave me chills! I learned the original as a child too and it's still a favourite folk song of mine. She has a beautiful, "lived-in" voice. Thanks for introducing her music to me -- I checked out her website!

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    1. Oh Debra, I am so happy you liked this. She had a very captivated audience that evening. `Lived-in``....so true and perfect description of Laura Smith`s voice.

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  4. My idea of a great night out - dinner, drinks and beautiful live music at a comfortably cozy little club! Lovely post.

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    1. We don`t do this enough, Pat, but plan to do it more often this winter. There are a few good performers that play Halifax and it`s time for us to get out and enjoy!

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  5. Hello Jim.
    What a voice!! I am stunned you didn't have to share here with a good few thousand others as we would here! Lucky you two ! Thanks for sharing.
    Ivan

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    1. One of the many advantages we have here in the Maritimes of Canada,Ivan. There may have been 50-60 people there in that little cake/inn....very intimate.Glad you enjoyed this.

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  6. Good Morning Jim, from Atlanta. Her song touched my heart because "Bonnie" was brought back to me this year. I recall her song when I was much younger, but the words are so moving, and especially true for me.
    Thanks again Jim
    Jim

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    1. Jim, glad you liked this and brought back good memories.

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  7. That was simply beautiful. A really lovely video.

    How great that you got to hear her in person!

    With delicious fish cakes, no less! (I'm green...)

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    1. This was the last number she sang Sharon and you could hear a pin drop.....and a few sniffles.
      The fish cakes had haddock and salmon in them....different, but good, from Nova Scotian ones which are made with salt-cod.

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  8. What a voice. Chills here,too :-)

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    1. Glad you liked this Lisa. She must have been exhausted after the concert because of all the emotion she puts into every piece.

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  9. Yes...those fish cakes were special...I didn't have any because I was out in the car waiting, oh so patiently for my guys to return....am I a good dog? Well, I guess so!
    Sophie

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    1. Here's the thing Soph, if Daddy Ron hadn't snarfed those fish cakes down so fast, there may have been a bit left for you!!! lol

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    2. snarfed ... as in woofed...(a little bit of dog language I would comprenez vous)!

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  10. Sounds like a wonderful evening... too bad Sophie wasn't able to attend. :)

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    1. It was Nancy. We made sure SOphie was well-watered and tired out!! She would have LOVED to be there! But that's just the problem!! lol

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  11. I learned that song as a child too, and I've never heard a mature version before. It's hauntingly beautiful.
    Great picture of Ron - date night! David and I need to get out some!

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    1. Glad you liked the `mature` version Terry.
      Guess it was a double-date night as my sister and brother-in-law were there too!! We need to get `out` more too!

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  12. They look like crab cakes... Fish cakes, eh? I've never had a fish cake before. Wow, that food looks so good!!! Glad you had a great time!

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    1. Fish cakes are a `staple`up here! we go around looking for the best ones....it`s just what we do here in the `Merrytimes`! lol I`ve never had crab cakes but have heard a lot about them. Go figure, eh.

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  13. This song will never be the same for me. Brilliantly transformed from what had for always been trite and corny. What a gifted musician. What a voice!

    I love the life you live. I wouldn't like to cope with the weather, but the rest is simply beautiful ... well even the weather can LOOK beautiful.

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    1. Mitch, Laura Smith is a very compassionate performer...she gives all she has during each piece and this one was no exception.

      We live a very simple life Mitch by choice and the weather plays a big role in it......thanks to Sophie for getting us out in it every day! We like the cooler temps for sure.....I think you could cope.
      Have a great week Mr.Block!

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