The past little while has been a time in which silence became more my norm than wordiness. But, after taking a break from live public music performance (in which words play a big part for me), I plan to step out onstage again with some great musicians in late summer this year. Details to come.
On the Death of Leonard Cohen (no relation!)
How privileged I feel to have been able to live so much of my life to the soundtrack of Leonard Cohen's poetry and music.
His lyrics are often in my thoughts, and suddenly I've been thinking about "Democracy is coming to the USA." Right after the Trump election, those words sound more darkly amusing and comforting than before.
And because I have been thinking about all the hours I spent sitting on the floor next to my bed as a teenager, with my little record player cranked up and Leonard's soothingly dark words pouring forth, I've been thinking too about the fact that South Africa — an apartheid state throughout the years when I was growing up there — managed to elect a Black president before the USA did.
Democracy is still coming to a lot of the world. Leonard, though, has gone, and I am one of the millions mourning the loss of such a gently soulful human being. I'm also one of the many whose own language has felt the influence of his poetry.
Thank you, Leonard.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016 — Ladysmith, BC Photo Show Opening
The official opening of David Baughan's new Cuba in Transition show is set for Saturday, May 7. Cheryl will perform from about 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. with Nanaimo guitarist Andrew Nicholls. And if you can't get there that evening and live in British Columbia, note that the photos will be up for more than a month!
Sunday, April 10, 2016 — VIMAs Nomination
Cheryl's debut CD was up for a 2016 Vancouver Island Music Award: her producers, United Hipsters' Union (a.k.a. Aaron Bethune & Rick Salt), were finalists for the Producer of the Year category.
In a touch of synchronicity, the list of VIMA nominees was released on March 31 — the 40th anniversary of the day Cheryl left South Africa with a ticket for Luxembourg in 1976. The "exile" songs on Cheryl's album are linked to that decision. The album, Love & Exile, was released in 2015, recorded by Rick at Mountainview Studio in Nanaimo and produced by both Aaron and Rick.
The VIMA award winners were announced in Victoria on the weekend of April 9 and 10.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 — Radio Interview
Pam Edgar will interview Cheryl and play tracks from Love & Exile on "Living for the Health of IT" on CHLY 101.7 FM (Radio Malaspina) in Nanaimo, BC starting at 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Pam is both host and producer of the weekly show, and is also a poet, singer and songwriter.
Online streaming at http://chly.ca/listen/
December 2015 — NOTE FROM CHERYL: Thanks!
Recording and releasing a CD at last has been a huge event in my life. I hope to see you in person at one of my shows in the year(s) ahead, but in the meantime want to thank everyone who has taken the time to send positive feedback on Love & Exile.
Thank you so much for tuning in. Wishing you peace and joy. — Cheryl
November 29, 2015 — 'Tis the Season
Pictured above is the Love & Exile display at the fabulous annual WinterCraft show on Salt Spring Island, BC (on until 5 p.m., Dec. 22, Mahon Hall in Ganges). Further ways to spread musical cheer include ordering a CD online through CD Baby, which from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 is offering 1-cent (US) shipping, or visiting a CD outlet listed on the Music page of this website.
May music feature strongly in your holidays (and all year round)!
Saturday, October 10, 2015 — Meet the Artists in Duncan, BC
Angela Andersen, whose painting Embrace appears on the front cover of Cheryl's debut CD, and photographer Stephen L. Russell will be in attendance from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 10 at their Treelight show at PORTALS in Duncan, BC.
Cheryl will perform Love & Exile songs at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
Treelight runs Oct. 2–21. Angela will hold a painting demo on both Oct. 3 (12–3) and Oct. 10 (11–3). PORTALS is at 2687 James St., Duncan (phone: 250-746-1633).
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 — Honouring Valdy
Cheryl was honoured to be able to sing a song she had written for the occasion ("Troubadour") at folk singer-songwriter icon Valdy's 70th birthday party — the kind of event that may help explain why he was gently tied to a deck chair at the time, in the nether reaches of the stage at Fulford Hall on Salt Spring Island, BC. (Photo by Kenneth Fersht)
Aug. 8–14, 2015 — Jenica Rayne/Cheryl Cohen Show Dates
Details about the five shows in the August 8–14 "Seeing Double Tour" have been posted on the Shows page on this website.
June 28, 2015 — Commercial Radio Play
Nanaimo's rock station The Wolf 106.9 FM just became the first commercial radio station that Cheryl knows of to play music from Love & Exile. Graeme Tait, host of the new music show "Fresh Tracks," had the bluesy "You're My Crack Cocaine" in his lineup for the evening of Sunday, June 28. You rock!
June 14, 2015 Follow-up — Radio Interview Posted Online
The June 14 interview between Dave Kilbank and Cheryl on "Songwriters' Circle" on Nanaimo's CHLY FM is now online at:
Sunday, June 14, 2015 — Radio Interview
Dave Kilbank will interview Cheryl and play tracks from Love & Exile on his "Songwriters' Circle" program on CHLY 101.7 FM (Radio Malaspina) in Nanaimo, BC, Canada starting at 11 a.m. local time.
Online streaming at http://chly.ca/listen/
May 27, 2015 — World premiere
Cheryl was chuffed to learn that Bee Wolf-Ray featured the Love & Exile album on her Songwriter Circle program on CHFR (Hornby Island) Community Radio Station a couple of weeks ago! World premiere ... before the physical CDs were even out. : )