To You

Oct 2015 [To You]This was written 10 or more years ago. I was in a fight with Toronto. Today, “big city” frustrations—e.g., the cattle-like call of the daily commute—haven’t changed. I just don’t write songs anymore.

Photo by Craig Konyu

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CREDITS:

Words & music by Craig Konyu
Recorded & produced by Craig Konyu
Released October 1, 2015

The vocals: Craig Konyu
The backing: Craig Konyu
The acoustic: Craig Konyu
The piano: Steve Denyszyn
The organ: Steve Denyszyn
The bass: Craig Konyu

LYRICS:

I tried for Union Station.
To catch your train of thought.
The long view turned on Queen Street.
And shuffled me right off.
While guns of silent army.
Sounded nothing more than blanks.
I was doomed by screeching echo.
Of the wine we drank.

Eyewitness, your umbrella.
Defeating fire and rain.
It veiled you from a brainstorm.
As you misplaced your name.
And your old pocket watch.
Revealing nothing more than age.
Measured audiences crumbled.
When you took centre stage.

Unglued. I’m feeling blue.
En route. To you.

Now, all good minds have capsized.
Now, all ears have grown cold.
And the crowd is now disgruntled.
All those stories that you told.

Unglued. I’m feeling blue.
En route. To you.

Unglued. I’m feeling blue.
En route. To you.

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The Shreddies Song

YC_Shreddies

Melodically, I remember exactly how it went down. It was “any old rehearsal” when Steve hammered out the fuelling refrain; followed by a verse component and an arrangement from me; then, over to Peter for that decidedly punk power. Lyrically, I can’t recall a thing. It sounds like a response to reading the news. Apparently, over breakfast. But, don’t mind the ingredients. Just make “Shreddies” part of your daily musical diet.

Photo by Craig Konyu

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CREDITS:

Words by Craig Konyu / Music by Craig Konyu, Steve Denyszyn & Peter Buck
Recorded & produced by Peter Buck & Craig Konyu
Released August 1, 2015

The vocals: Craig Konyu
The backing: Craig Konyu & Peter Buck
The electric: Peter Buck
The bass: Peter Buck
The keys: Steve Denyszyn & Peter Buck
The drums: Johann Burkhardt
The tambourine: Craig Konyu

LYRICS:

Dust off your mind. Pull up a chair.
Throw all of the thickness of thought in the air.
The whole world is down. Now you may stand.
Hold all of the thickness of thought in your hand.

Diamond eyes cut. Never may heal.
Bleed all of the thickness of thought that you feel.
When night is cold. Freeze up the dream.
Live all of the thickness of thought that’s ever been.

Will chaos end? Clean up this mess?
Write all of the thickness of thought in poems of sense?
The simple chirp. Of calling birds.
Join all of the thickness of thought of distant worlds.

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Strawberry Fields Forever / That’s The Way

1st Listen [Dec 2014]

Inspiration. December’s “1st Listen” offers two covers that take us back to early influences. For me, the songs of one band made me want to play guitar in the first place; the songs of the other band made me want to continue. Now, of course, we feature any old musical instrument—guitars, keyboards, percussion, voices, and, this time around, a baritone ukulele, a recent generous gift. Which brings me full circle to the inspiration of the first instrument I ever played (40 years ago!): my grandfather’s jazz-age banjo ukulele. PB

Photo by Elizabeth Grant

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CREDITS:

Strawberry Fields Forever [Beatles]
Words & music by John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Recorded & produced by Peter Buck & Craig Konyu
Released December 1, 2014

The vocals: Craig Konyu
The backing: Peter Buck
The acoustic: Peter Buck
The slide: Peter Buck
The shaker: Craig Konyu

That’s The Way [Led Zeppelin]
Words & music by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant
Recorded & produced by Peter Buck & Craig Konyu
Released December 1, 2014

The vocals: Craig Konyu
The backing: Craig Konyu & Peter Buck
The acoustic: Peter Buck & Craig Konyu
The ukulele: Peter Buck
The shaker: Craig Konyu

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