The new video for “Hold” is out today. “Hold” is a rally cry, a street march, a protest song that’s bold but understated, stubborn but kind. The folks at Abracazebra Productions got that and made a perfect video for the song. Huge gratitude for the many hours of work they put into carefully researching and sourcing archive footage for this song that only feels more and more relevant to me everyday.
At long last, my new album “Daughter of a Working Man” is ready for you. Starting today, you can Preorder it at PLEDGEMUSIC.COM and get exclusive access to limited edition hardcopy CD’s and some great extras. It will be available everywhere May 1st, but when you preorder it, you get it sooner.
Made over the course of three years, in two studios, with the help of Producer, Jon Landry, a couple sound engineers, a great band, a gang of guest vocalists, and strings by the Rhapsody Quintet, “Daughter of a Working Man” is a folk record dressed up in strings, electronic effects, and textured vocals. It’s an elegy and a victory album. It faces loss with strength and resolve, but never shies away from the dark. True to the lyric-driven style of all my work, the songs on this album swing between deeply personal stories and broader issues of social inequality and injustice.
Thank you for your support. I hope you hear the life, love, and care with which this album was created. Enjoy!
Amidst the madness of the impossible-to-ignore NOW, I had the pleasure of sitting down with DejeunEH.com, the East Coast’s premier brunch blog for thinking people, to chat over breakfast about the current American political climate, the complications of political action, and the benefits of turmeric;)
CM: What’s interesting about it is there’s basically nothing you can read from any era in literature that doesn’t apply to right now. Because most literature is formed around the tension—class struggles, political conflict, or something. It’s what is required for every great piece of literature to happen.
D: As a writer, what do you feel your role is now?
CM: I think it was Emerson who talks about writers being people who do this unhonoured work of observing. I’ve always thought of that as a really key thing. As a writer, you observe, you filter through yourself and you write it down. And then whatever the world makes of it is out of your control. And not everyone can do that. But it’s really important that we write stuff down either to remember later or to protest or to just say, “I’m here and I’ve had this experience” and for somebody else to read it and say “I’ve had that too”.
My first professionally published short-story appears in a new collection from Breton Books, and I’m terrified/excited/honoured to share it with you.
You can pick up the book in stores around Cape Breton or online HERE.
The book officially launches November 24th 4pm-6pm at Sydney’s McConnell Library. The event is open to the public and will be broadcast on CBC Mainstreet Cape Breton.
Here’s a small excerpt from the story to get you started…
From And Then I Can See by Carmel Mikol
I follow behind the ambulance in my Jeep, the absurd red emergency lights smashing the trees and my windshield and the wide darkness of the rural road. We pass no other cars. It’s quiet except for when they pull over to the side of the road and I pull over too waiting to find out why and assuming it means it’s all over already and then I start crying in loud, ugly bursts that echo strangely in the car. No siren. Just the red lights.
We keep on after that though. Must have been hard getting the IV in, all the frost heaves and turns. Had to pull over to hit the vein.
I’ve had the grand good luck to tour as a member of the Gabrielle Papillon band for the last year or so. It’s a great crew of good friends making darn good music together and I’m so proud of all the hard work and talent Gabrielle is putting into the world.
This time of year, the weight of the “last third” comes down on me. It hits me in September every year: two thirds disappeared already. I get an urgent need to write, more than usual.
All big things are built from a collection of small habits. The craft, the skill of songwriting comes in strong like a muscle when it’s used often. So every morning, I do pushups. And then I write.
I’ve also been doing a lot of collaborative sessions lately, stretching my writing muscles with the help of other artists I admire. We sit in dark rooms, around kitchen tables, in little studios, and we work away at the craft. It’s just my favourite thing…
Check out clip of a brand new song called “100 Acres” with the lovely Norma MacDonald singing harmonies on my Facebook Page HERE
The summer passed in a rush of sun and heat and long weekends tethered by a line of lovely shows. I’m sending a big thanks to the Festivals that presented my show this summer including the New Glasgow Riverfront Music Jubilee and the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society.
And to the sweet people who came out to see us play, my heart is in my hand, as always. Thank you for listening and giving back so very much.