keening-coverI was pleased to learn that my  most recent CD, Keening for the Dawn, has been awarded a 2013 Western Canadian Music Award for Spiritual Recording of the Year.

Heartfelt thanks to my co-producers Dave Zeglinski and Murray Pulver, and the line-up of musicians who so lavishly invested their gifts on this project: Gilles Fournier, Daniel Roy, Joey Landreth, Mike Janzen, Brent Barkman, Roy Salmond, Sarah Giardino, Rick Lazar, Gwen Hoebig, Carl Stobbe, Dan Scholz, Yuri Hooker, Carlin Lemon, Jim Hoke.

Additional Engineers: Russ MacKay, Howard Rissen

Special thanks to Malcolm Guite whose poetry inspired the project at the onset and whose collaboration elevated the material well beyond what I would have produced on my own.

I’m grateful for Jeremie Begbie whose editorial input (lyric and music) gave a lovely polish and sheen to the project.

up-western_awardsFinally, thanks FACTOR, Radio Starmaker and the many friends and fans who contribute financially so I can do this work.

Congratulations as well to my fellow Manitoban friends who were also awarded for their work: Don Amero (Aboriginal), Del Barber (Roots), and Larry Roy (Jazz).  See: CBC article

 Listen to title track below:

KEENING FOR THE DAWN
music Steve Bell   lyric Steve Bell, Malcolm Guite

On and on the night goes on
Brooding dark before the dawn
We are waiting
Worried lips rehearse our creeds
Bellies swollen with your seed
We are waiting
Hardened shards of broken bread
Small consolations in your stead
Soured wine a tonic for the pain
Dutifully we take our fill
Still we long to see your face again
Keening for the dawn as such
Stirs the memory of your touch
We are waiting
We are waiting

Hungry work, these endless feasts
Shriveling as we all increase
We are waiting
Weary eyes take in the sights
Smarting under tinseled lights
We are waiting
Break the too-familiar word
Hearing strains we’ve never heard
A double-edge that pierces through the pain
All that we shall see fulfilled
The dawning day we see your face again
Keening for the dawn as such
Stirs the memory of your touch
We are waiting
We are waiting

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