The dream of having a HUM EP became a reality when this project started up in September. Some 9 months ago, my dearest and fellow friend Jaeden Froese came up to me and said, “Hey dude man bro,” yes that’s exactly how he talks- “Want me to produce a little EP for ya’ll?”
He told us he really valued what HUM stands for, the whole “Healing Using Music” thing that we do, and that he is delighted to see the work we do with different charities and nonprofits. Our philosophy of giving back, made him want to give back which is pretty sweet.
So in response we said, “yeah man yeah man yo.”
And BOOM, The EP was born.
Actually not quite.
A few weeks later we had filled with complicated lengthy and extremely professional executive chats with Steven Ngo, Myself (capital letter so that means business) and Jaeden. We compiled a list of the musicians we would like to include on the EP, which we dubbed fittingly, “Healing”.
The CD was going to be a project that would show eager newbies to Healing Using Music, all that HUM was about.
In November and October we got to work at Greenhouse Studios, recording the project comprised of the songs Oh, Love by Alyssa Baker, The Pessimist by Alvin Brendan, Lemon Morning (A Cover) by Chris Yan, Honey Bee ( A Cover ) by Kamaira LeBlanc, BC Fairies by Goons and The Real World by Tessa Mouzourakis.
After the magical recording engineering of Braeden ‘Pockets’ Rangno, all the musicians had poured their souls into perfecting their pieces and Jaeden left on a mission to edit, mix master and produce the EP to its’ fullest form for long and excruciating months of sweat and other complicated symptoms of audio production.
And eventually the EP was released and by default the EP Release party came to be on May 8th hat the profile at Performance Works. Our vision was to have the musicians share their work and put life beyond this project for everyone who wants to be involved or is already entranced by the melodies of HUM.
The event kicked off at 7pm with some sly commentating by yours truly and I was promptly tomatoes off the stage as the audience eagerly tapped their toes to the tunes that lie ahead.
There was an appearance by Jaeden Froese, the volunteer labourer himself. The audience clapped for him for a full minute before he sat back down (blushing).
This was followed by Pierre, though he was the only musician there that wasn’t on the CD, he was still just as appreciated with his innovative and captivating way of playing the guitar.
There was an intermission and opportunity to mingle and purchase the CDS, consume Happy Water and spread the positive energy.
Once we regrouped Kamaira stole our hearts once more and sang one of the songs on the EP, Honey Bee.
Then crowd pleaser Alvin rocked away some jams, in the back people even joined in with shakers and sang along in the most adorable impromptu way imaginable by the stretch of the human mind.
To wrap up the show were HUM musicians, The Wishbone, the 5 piece band left everyone on an energetic and happy note.
(Get it, note?)
Photos by Keisler Dharmawan.