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by Christa Couture

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A year before my second album “The Wedding Singer and The Undertaker” came out, my band and I got together to record demos for a funding application. The application was successful, and in October of 2007, we recorded 12 songs that became that album.

I then forgot about the demos.

In 2021, in pandemic-inspired de-cluttering, I found a box of CDRs. Most of them were live recordings, some back ups from photoshoots, and one that simply said “Blue Wave.” I didn’t have any recollection of what it would be, and it wasn’t until I hit play that the memories returned -- and my heart fluttered!

I love the production on WSUT. We had a grant. Aaron Joyce scored horn and string sections. It was glorious.

But one song in particular, “A Grief As This,” lost a bit of its tenderness in that production. I wrote that song two months after my first son died -- this demo was recorded just eight months after he died -- and the song is meant to be raw. By the time the horn section swelled on the album version, some of that rawness may have been lost.

There is a tenderness in each of these recordings found in the songs' newness, and in my voice, in me in the early months of grief. There is a wondering and reaching.

I’m so glad I unearthed them at the bottom of a storage bin. I’m so glad to remember. I’m so glad to share them.


released May 20, 2021

Recorded at Blue Wave, mixed and mastered at The Wheel by Wilson Pascoe, June 2007


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Christa Couture Toronto, Ontario

“A remarkable chanteuse, singing superb material,” deems Roots Music of Christa Couture, an award-winning indie artist who has built a reputation for transforming tragedy into musical triumph, with sharp-shooting wit, effortless grace, and heart-on-sleeve intensity. ... more

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