Melanie Doane

Like many women in the music industry Melanie Doane found herself trying to juggle her career while raising two young children. It increasingly became a struggle to try and find some quiet, creativity-inducing moments within all the noise and chaos that is motherhood. From that juxtaposition came this album.

With the idea of recording easy listening tunes that can be played while putting kids to bed (not an album full of bedtime music as that would not be as commercial), she gathered up a bunch of her favourite songs and wrote a few to make a whole album. Next she asked Ron Sexsmith, Jim Cuddy, Emilie-Claire Barlow, and Kathryn Rose to help her out on some vocals and well-known Canadian studio musicians like Kevin Fox, Creighton Doane (her brother) and Ted Dykstra (her husband) to play on the album.

The result is a beautiful album that defies categorization. It really is an ode to the singer/songwriter of years gone by. With tunes by Fleetwood Mac, Tom Waits, Bruce Cockburn, and Tom Petty making up some of the cover songs you know there is lyrical quality. The original songs, written by Melanie, are good as well. What is really striking about the album is its arrangements. They are breathtaking in parts. Pick this one up!

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