by Debbie Seagle
since the attacks of September 11th, I have found myself looking for diversions
that take my mind off the
scariness of the world. Daydreams are diversions, and so is music,
if you know where to look for the type of diversion you need. I think
that's why I have been enjoying this Barenaked Ladies CD "Maroon" so much.
It makes me forget that people throw bombs on each other. Produced
by Don Was, Maroon features "Too Little Too Late",
"Falling For The First Time" and the first single, "Pinch Me". Each
one guaranteed to give you a moment's escape from life or make you face
it in a not-so-awful way, like
in the song "Never Do Anything," where the barenaked ones intone:
Got a big chip, you want a fat lip?
How 'bout a mouthful of Chiclets?
Life passed me by, but it's not my
I'll lick my wounds, could you pass
Have you ever been to a frat party where
you couldn't stop
laughing and your friends were all around you and the music just made you
want to dance around like a fool? Well, part of that was probably
the alcohol, but the Barenaked Ladies have that kind of effect as well.
Not to say that they are the rag-tag type of musicians who play at frat
parties. Each member of BNL is not only a talented
musician, but a multi talented entertainer. With the doses of humor,
dance, rap and rock there is always high energy and a little something
extra. If you don't want to feel good, have a good time and laugh,
don't go to one of their concerts. Don't listen to a CD either.
The "Maroon" CD is a nice mix of tempos, experimentation with different
instruments and verbal calisthenics.
Its been said that Barenaked Ladies is
perhaps one of the most talented group of musicians to come out of Toronto
since Rush. They certainly have the Junos (Canadian
Music Awards) to back that up. Childhood friends and co-front men
Steven Page and Ed Robertson write songs about life, in all its good and
bad turns. A perfect example of this is the catchy single from "Maroon"
called "Pinch Me." For Barenaked Ladies it works, but can you imagine
Dave Mustaine or Ozzy singing "Put the sprinkler on
the lawn, and run through with my gym shorts on?" This blend of pop, rock,
jazz, rap and just about
every other music style that is heard today just works! Not to be
stifled by the structure of songs, you can also see a lot of ad libbing
at live shows, which is another thing you don't see a lot of bands do these
days. Concerts are a chance to step into their bizarre living room
and watch what develops.
Perhaps because of keyboardist Kevin Hearn's
own battle with leukemia, the band has also become very active
on that front recently. This year they joined the Great Guinness
Toast to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The Great Guinness Toast Barenaked Ladies
concert was broadcast as a live pay-per-view event from New York City on
November 30. $1 from each order was contributed to the Leukemia Society.
More Barenaked Ladies
Finally, If you've been waiting for the
perfect opportunity to get
to know the Barenaked Ladies there is great news! In November they released
"Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits", now you can discover all the fun you've
been missing and then go back and get to know them even better by picking
up "Maroon" and their other great studio albums.
the Official Barenaked Ladies Web Site
To/Purchase Barenaked Ladies Music
Photos by Debbie Seagle
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