KCS student to perform solo at Telemiracle

Chelsea Martin, 15, is scheduled to play her guitar and sing Folsom Prison Blues on March 3

KCS student to perform solo at TelemiracleKenneth Brown of The Clarion A Marengo area youth attending Kindersley Composite School (KCS) is about to take her musical talents to perform live during the annual Kinsmen Telemiracle. Chelsea Martin, 15, is scheduled to perform during the 24-hour Kinsmen Telemiracle on March 3 at 10:57 a.m. The young performer is playing and singing a…

The day the music died?

Buddy Holly died 60 years ago, but his music has not faded away – even if the nature of rock tours has changed dramatically

The day the music died?To quote Don McLean’s song American Pie, Feb. 3 marks the 60th anniversary of the day the music died. The reference, of course, is to the 1959 plane crash that killed rock ’n’ roller Buddy Holly, two other performers and the pilot of the four-seater plane in which they were travelling. I remember the event…

Music can touch our hearts and give us hope

Playing in harmony is perhaps the most perfect example of human co-operation

Music can touch our hearts and give us hopeLebanese-American writer Kahlil Gibran said, “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life, bringing peace, abolishing strife.” If any group has experienced strife over the last several hundred years, it’s the people of Africa. First they had a significant portion of their population dragged into slavery. Then they had their…

Unique musical quartet to perform in town

Ladom Ensemble performs at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre on Feb. 7 as part of the Stars for Saskatchewan series

Unique musical quartet to perform in townKenneth Brown of The Clarion Music lovers in Kindersley can see a one-of-a-kind musical performance next week when the Ladom Ensemble comes to the community. Ladom Ensemble hits he stage at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is being presented by the Kindersley & District Arts Council in…

Sharing music for 19 years and loving it

Kindersley Community Choir director Clayton Braybrook works to inspire others

Sharing music for 19 years and loving it  Joan Janzen for The Clarion Clayton Braybrook of Kindersley has been directing the Kindersley Community Choir for 19 years and loving it! “Sharing music is a passion of mine, in any form. I love it!” he said, “I grew up with choirs. When I got the opportunity to take the reins, I grasped it…

Diverse singer-songwriter up next in music series

East Coast performer Erin Costelo will be in Kindersley next week

Diverse singer-songwriter up next in music seriesKenneth Brown of The Clarion The music of Erin Costelo covers a range of genres, and the east coast singer-songwriter will be in Kindersley to perform early next week. Costelo hits the stage at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre on Jan. 15 starting at 7:30 p.m., so the show is next Tuesday. The Costelo performance…

Christmas production puts people in the spirit

A cast of nearly 40 dancers, singers and musicians performed, and young greeters and a table of baked goods met people at the community centre

Christmas production puts people in the spiritKenneth Brown of The Clarion A recent stage production focusing on the sights and sounds of Christmas has captivated audiences in Kindersley and put them in the spirit of the season. The Christmas Spectacular 2018 took place from Dec. 7 to 9 at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre, and it was presented by Dahling Productions.…

Russian rap: turning rants and raves into culture

Vladimir Putin wants Russian bureaucrats to regulate the nation’s rap music. What could go wrong?

Russian rap: turning rants and raves into cultureOver the weekend, news reports circulated that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants Russian bureaucrats to regulate the nation’s rap music. Without regulation, Putin says, Russian rap – obsessed as it is with “sex, drugs and protest” – could lead Russia down “a path to the degradation of the nation.” Putin showed ample wisdom by advising…

The first rock ’n’ roll Christmas

That a guy nicknamed Elvis the Pelvis had tackled sacred songs was offensive and sacrilegious to many. But it was perfect marketing

The first rock ’n’ roll ChristmasTeenagers in the 1950s couldn’t escape the music of their parents. Despite radio’s new-fangled Top 40 and the attendant infiltration of rock ’n’ roll, the sounds of the past were all around. This was particularly the case for Christmas songs. But things began to change in late October 1957, thanks to Elvis Presley announcing the…

Local students take musical talents to honour groups

Andrew Glass, Kailey Herner, Rachel Krogstad, Chelsea Martin, Sidney Martin, Charity Klassen, Samantha Mathewson and Tia Townsend all took part

Local students take musical talents to honour groupsKenneth Brown of The Clarion A total of eight high school students from the Kindersley area have shown their musical talent as part of the 2018 Saskatchewan Honour Groups program. The honour groups consist of the Saskatchewan Honour Band and the Saskatchewan Honour Choir. The students had to audition for the annual program and they…

Baby, it’s too cold outside to simply ban Christmas songs you don’t like

Social and cultural change is most effective when it employs persuasion as opposed to heavy-handed tools such as censorship

Baby, it’s too cold outside to simply ban Christmas songs you don’t likeThe removal from air play of the newly controversial 1940s hit Baby, It’s Cold Outside represents a noteworthy shift in the way media companies defend artistic freedom in the eight years since the Dire Straits song Money for Nothing was banned in Canada. The Dire Straits tune, a monster 1985 hit, was forbidden from broadcast…

Christmas songs and the power of nostalgia

Bing Crosby's version of White Christmas is recognized as the best-selling single record ever

Christmas songs and the power of nostalgiaIt’s surely a personal quirk, but I must confess that the relatively modern Christmas songs, like All I Want for Christmas Is You and Fairytale of New York leave me cold. Yes, I know they’re critically acclaimed and immensely popular, not to mention enormous money-spinners. However, they don’t tickle my fancy at all. Perhaps it’s a…

O Tannenbaum symbolizes the entire celebration of Christmas

The Christmas tree is a universal symbol that delivers a message of endurance and light during the dark winter months

O Tannenbaum symbolizes the entire celebration of ChristmasThe traditional German song O Tannenbaum is often translated as O Christmas Tree. This is only partly true, however. The English version is quite different from the German. The essence of the German song is far more universal. One of the beauties of learning languages is discovering what words and poetry mean to the people…
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