This has been an exhilarating, challenging, devastating, eye-opening and delicately beautiful year. The build-up of the album's release coupled with the let-down of having a serious vocal injury and having to cancel everything was an experience I wouldn't wish on anyone. With the blessing of time passed and thus gained perspective, I won't tell you that I think it "happened for a reason" or some bullshit like that. But I will say that there's significant insight to be gained from any heavy experience, and I will carry on into 2015 smarter, tougher and braver than ever.
In the meantime, here's a little video that Todd Elsliger and I did at TFO's studio in Toronto for BRBR. Acoustic 'It's Coming On', I'm very proud.
Wishing you all a wonderful and relaxing holiday season. Joyeuses fêtes à tous le monde!!
It seems like yesterday I was sitting here at my desk, excitedly typing away to announce the release of Bones Are Forever. I come at you now from a slightly darker, albeit more introspective place, as it pains me to have to announce that I have been forced to postpone my upcoming shows in Montreal, Sherbrooke, Québec City, Ottawa and Sutton due to a vocal injury.
Feel free to reach out for the full story, but the short of it is this: I have been having issues with my vocal cords since September, although I was proceeding full steam ahead since the doctor I initially saw - who reluctantly wrote me a referral to see an ENT - told me that the symptoms I was experiencing should just go away on their own. I finally had my appointment with the specialist on Friday and the diagnosis was vocal rest ASAP or else risk further, permanent damage. I won't go into more detail here, but what that means is no singing, limited speaking and lots of rest over the next two months.
I am obviously devastated, and, if I may editorialise just a little bit, I feel like my heart has been hung out to dry. I mean, come on - this is happening now? On the heels of my album release?? I know that life isn't the balanced fairytale I used to think it was, but seriously...I teach people to use their voices in a healthy way, and you won't find a voice student of mine who wouldn't be able to tell you the benefits of a thorough warm-up and the pitfalls of vocal overuse, making my current situation just that much more ironic. However, in the true spirit of indie music, I will not let this stop anything. I will be reassessing with my team of wonderful, wonderful people this weekend to re-book the shows for late winter/early spring, and in the meantime, I will be focusing on promoting the album and videos online.
I just want to thank everyone who has supported me so far in the release of Bones Are Forever, especially those handsome folks who came out to our Kingston, Toronto and Hamilton shows (which were so awesome, by the way, thus paining this announcement even further). Anyone was has already purchased tickets for the upcoming shows will have their cards reimbursed this afternoon, although please allow up to a week for processing.
For now, I ask for nothing more than good healthy thoughts. Oh, and maybe some sharing around of our official music videos for the songs UNDERGROUND and IT'S COMING ON. ;)
Thank you so much for your understanding, and my greatest of apologies. I'll get back to you soon.
The opening track from Ainsley McNeaney's sophomore album Bones Are Forever. Directed and designed by Daegan McNeaney and Ainsley McNeaney. Filmed by Daegan McNeaney, with additional technical assistance by Alex Hofmann and Kyle Gray. Shot in Freelton, ON in September 2014.
The musicians on this track are: Ainsley McNeaney (piano, vocals, chorus, timpani, chimes, glockenspiel, vibraphone, tambourine, cymbals, gong, triangle, snare drum, bass drum), Marie-Pier Houle (flute), Marta Kosek (English horn), Julia Hambleton (clarinet), Catherine Magowan (bassoon), Tanya Charles (violin), Emily Eng (viola), Soohyun Nam (cello), David Gustilov (double bass), Jonas Feldman (trumpet), Brad Dickson (trombone), Jay Austin (French horn), Colin Edwards (chorus), Carlie Howell (chorus), Ashley Magwood (chorus), Ryan Rogerson (chorus), James Sutherland (chorus), Janet Sutherland (chorus) & Taylor Sutherland (chorus).
This video comes straight from my ventricles.
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