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How do I dig thee, Kathleen Edwards?

January 13th, 2009

Let me count the ways.

In December, I wrote about Lucas, a buddy of mine who’s been in Afghanistan since last summer and about his facebook post “All I want for Christmas is a mixed tape” — and encouraged folks to send songs his way. Well, on Christmas Day, he got his wish and it was hand-delivered by the lurvely and talented Kathleen Edwards:


(Lucas kindly pointed out that he happened to be wearing one of my wears on the day of :))

As it happened, Kathleen was in Afghanistan to perform for the troops, and she’d very thoughtfully brought along dozens of cds to hand out along the way.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Kathleen’s sis-in-law / my dear friend / cbc3 radio host Amanda Putz took my blog post and exponentially dialed it up by linking to it from the cbc3 site, inviting feedback from listeners, and then putting together a playlist which she then burned and mailed to Lucas. She also mentioned the story to Kathleen — and from there, the Christmas Day meet-n-greet came to be. When Lucas sent me the pics, my heart swelled.

For there are already many reasons I get a big grin on my head when Kathleen comes to mind; below are but a few…

Reason #93: One of the greatest videos. Those with crushes on hockey, Jim Cuddy, Colin Cripps and/or Dave Hodge, dig in. Ottawa’s other sweetheart, Jim Bryson, is in it too; in fact, the whole dang song is about him!

Reason #104: She does a mean karaoke version of Like a Virgin. It involves throwing off her shoes.

Reason #36: She gave me my first break at designing merch: I did the artwork for her tees & hoodies last year — vacuum tubes and album-inspired flowers (woot woot, Daniel Lohnes for a beauteous cover design!).

Reason #29: Have you HEARD her? If not, visit her site and you can hear some of her latest songs (streaming) from her “Asking for Flowers” album. Then go get the cd… which, by the way, was one of the shortlist finalists for last year’s Polaris Award.

Reason #277: Her sweet hubby Colin was the one who kindly offered to get one of my tees to Bryan Adams, then Kathleen caught the moment on megapixels.

Reason #184: She plays a mean fiddle, and looks great playing it on a jumbo screen (this is last summer at Bluesfest):

Reason #71: She likes pomelo hats too.

Reason #240: She gives good hugs.

Ok, I’ll stop gushing now.

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  1. January 14th, 2009 at 09:03 | #1

    This is a great story. Love what Kathleen Edwards did for the troops and I always enjoy listening to her music. Your blog is always so interesting. Guess what M, You Rock!

  2. January 14th, 2009 at 09:44 | #2

    Yes Em, you do.

  3. January 14th, 2009 at 10:24 | #3

    Hey there! yes she did play with What Made Milwaukee Famous. She is in town working or beginning to work on a new album. I have been trying to track her down for an interview for my blog/show. I haven’t had much luck!

    Hope things are well…thanks for checking out my stuff!

    Josh

  4. January 14th, 2009 at 11:23 | #4

    Hey
    Thanks for your comment on my post. I obviously don’t know Kathleen like you do, but I love this entry! Absolutely lovely story. If you dig through my archive there are a couple more entries about her music. I also love the work you do.
    Keep it up

    Peter

  5. January 14th, 2009 at 13:48 | #5

    oh you’re so great, m! love your posts! congrats on your interview, too!! woohoo! can’t wait to see it! and yay yay yay jim bryson! he’s my fave!

  6. January 14th, 2009 at 15:51 | #6

    Great post! She is so amazing. The way she effortlessly puts it all out there is a beautiful thing. Love your site. Adding you to The De Mello Theory Blogroll. Great writing.

  7. January 15th, 2009 at 10:44 | #7

    Hey Emily,
    Great post and really interesting site!Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Happy New Year!

    Tim.

  8. January 16th, 2009 at 10:25 | #8

    I heard Kathleen’s version of AC/DC’s Money Talks on the radio a few years ago and it’s been haunting me (in a good way) ever since. I’ve looked, but have never been able to find it.

  9. LTP
    February 24th, 2009 at 23:15 | #9

    So I’m in Farm Boy today waiting for my deli meat to be sliced and who happens to come on the music in the store but Kathleen Edwards and the song that you posted the video of in your blog. I was tapping my foot along and then thought, “hey, I know this from somewhere.” Took me a minute but I figured it out and thought I’d let you know that listening to it once stuck with me that much! Thanks for the exposure!

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