The Cardinal Sings by L. Martel

This is a 9″ x 7″ Acrylic on canvas painted this year, 2018. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard the Cardinal sing but they have a lovely bird song. The female is less colourful almost a grey in colour.



Mumbai by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Black Taj in iTunes

It was about this time of year (February), a couple of years ago that we had the great pleasure of visiting the amazing country of India. We didn’t see it all, by any means, but we did spend a month wandering from one place to another. It was enough to want to go back and see much more. The history, the culture and the kindness of the people were what warmed our hearts. Mumbai is a combination of the old and the new. Mumbai is where you’ll find Marine Drive, also known as the Queen’s Necklace because, if viewed at night from an elevated point anywhere along the drive, the street lights resemble a string of pearls in a necklace. 3:01 min.

Robin’s Egg Blue by swo8 Blues Jazz Lyrics by Harris Tobias

Sometimes things don’t go so well in matters of the heart. Harris Tobias wrote the lyrics and he tells the story. In conclusion we often behave like children in these situations. Try a little tenderness instead. This is a fun collaboration between Harris and swo8. As yet this piece of music is not available on iTunes. But we’ll include it in a future album. 4:32 min.

The Rose of Black is Sacred music by swo8 Blues Jazz Lyrics by Shelby Courtland from the album Unfinished Business in iTunes

And we thought it couldn’t happen here in Canada. It came to my attention in tonight’s news that there was a fatal shooting of Alain Magloire, a 58 year old black man fatally shot by Montreal police, June 28th 2017. It has renewed concerns from civil rights advocates about the way officers are trained to handle individuals in distress. The man was breaking dishes, he was yelling, he lost control,” Will Prosper, a former RCMP officer turned activist, said it appears the man wasn’t “presenting a menace to anyone except to his apartment.” One positive thing that has come from this is training in de-escaltion situations. Let us hope it makes a difference. 4:17 min.