Faith Sings on Saturdays

a single take recording every Saturday morning

Saturday October 1, 2022

a single take recording of 

Can't Help Falling in Love 

I experience this song in terms of what it means to submit to love by way of nature. 
Can't Help Falling in LoveFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 02:10
September, 2022.

Saturday September 24, 2022

a single take recording of 

Rocky Raccoon 

I am led by this song to contemplate the farcical nature of people's lives in which meaning will forever evade the ground.
Rocky Raccoon Faith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 02:43

Saturday August 13, 2022

My apologies for not posting this sooner. I've decided to take a break from Faith Sings on Saturdays for the remainder of the month of August. Looking forward to reconnecting in September.
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Saturday August 6, 2022

a single take recording of

You Send Me

What this song brings to mind for me is the experience of being unexpectedly transported or 'sent' into an altogether new level of experience by an authentic awakening to love.

Recorded on ukulele.
You Send MeFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 02:25
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Saturday July 30, 2022

a single take recording of

Mercedes Benz

When the attendance numbers at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 grew so rapidly that the decision had to be taken to make it a free concert, as practical as that decision may have been, it marked for those in attendance an important concession to the zeitgeist of that time--that love as the spiritual essence of our interpersonal existence has nothing whatsoever to do with materialism and monetary gain. The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held from the 15th to the 18th of August, 1969. Mercedes Benz was written and recorded by Janis Joplin in the spirit of that time in the year following her performance at the concert. 

Recorded on ukulele.
crowd of flowers
Mercedes BenzFaith Sings on Saturdays
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Saturday July 23, 2022

a single take recording of

I Fall to Pieces 

What this song brings to mind for me are those moments in life when rationalizations suddenly break down ("fall to pieces") and deep, unanticipated emotion breaks through. 

Recorded on ukulele.
I Fall to PiecesFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 01:51
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Saturday July 16, 2022

a single take recording of

Dedicated to the One I Love 

"To hold someone whom you love in consciousness is a most powerful prayer with an efficacy unrestricted by space and time limitations."
Robert Aziz


Recorded on ukulele.
Dedicated to the One I LoveFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 02:06
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Saturday July 9, 2022

a single take recording of

Something

I understand this song to be about a oneness between two people, that exists beyond what can be explained in words. 

Recorded on ukulele.
SomethingFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 01:41
Full Moon

Saturday July 2, 2022

a single take recording of

I Got You (I Feel Good)

My experience of this song is that it is an expression of the deep joy that floods one's whole being when in the presence of the person they love.

Recorded on ukulele.
I Got You (I Feel Good)Faith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 01:43
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Saturday June 25, 2022

a single take recording of

It's My Party

Although, at times, we should descend into experiences of personal misfortune, we must, unlike the song's protagonist, be especially watchful not to get "caught in the utterly hopeless predicament of grieving the loss of an intimacy that had never really existed." Robert Aziz, The Syndetic Paradigm

Recorded on ukulele.
an empty glass
It's My PartyFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 01:35

Saturday June 18, 2022

a single take recording of

The Midnight Special

Under very restrictive circumstances, we will at times assign meaning to things that we otherwise would not. In this way, for prisoners, the light of a train, The Midnight Special, was experienced as the light of salvation. In this way the hope of men found something to which it could attach.
Recorded on ukulele. 
The Midnight SpecialFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 01:22
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Saturday June 11, 2022

a single take recording of

Star of the County Down

The mystery of the first encounter. Recorded on ukulele.
Star of the Country DownFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 01:21
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Saturday June 4, 2022

a single take recording of

In My Life

At the time John Lennon was writing the lyrics for In My Life he had lost several people who were important to his life journey, including the Uncle who raised him, his mother, who helped focus his dream of becoming a musician, and Stuart Sutcliffe, the Beatles' original bass guitarist. 

This song, which Lennon said was the first personal song he wrote, speaks to the fact that for all of us the conditions of life are temporary (There are places I'll remember / All my life though some have changed) and that as human beings we are tasked with continuing to move forward while holding in consciousness the "people and things" that have been taken from our lives. 

Recorded on ukulele.
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In My LifeFaith Sings on Saturdays
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Saturday May 28, 2022

a single take recording of

Daydream

In the Afternoon,
we steal a quiet moment
to rest. 
We wake from our day dreams, 
with spirits renewed.
Recorded on ukulele.
DaydreamFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 02:12

Saturday May 21, 2022

a single take recording of

Martha Sways

I understand this song to be about someone who, despite being stuck in the past, wants to, and is willing to be, led forward. Recorded on ukulele.
Martha Sways Faith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 02:38
The Flower Moon, Spring 2022

Saturday May 7, 2022

a single take recording of

Tonight

I like Sibylle Baier for the same reason I like Tammy Wynette. When I listen to Baier sing I get the sense she’s telling me something that genuinely comes from her lived experience. I like the song ‘Tonight’, which I cover here, because it tells a simple story about two people who know each other well. This cover was recorded on ukulele.

“Sibylle Baier opted not to pursue an acting or singing career, and eventually moved to the United States, where she concentrated on bringing up a family. The songs that made up her album Colour Green were home reel-to-reel tape recordings Baier had made in Germany between 1970 and 1973. Some 30 years later, her son Robby compiled a CD from these recordings to give to family members as presents. He also gave a copy to Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis, who in turn passed it along to the Orange Twin label. Orange Twin released the album in February 2006.” [Wikipedia]
Night
TonightFaith Sings on Saturdays
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Saturday April 30, 2022

a single take recording of

SOS

Released nearly 50 years ago, this was apparently the song that established ABBA as a POP band. Recorded on ukulele.
SOSFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 01:17
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Saturday April 23, 2022

a single take recording of

Like a Prayer

When the call is heard, the mystery manifests in life.
Recorded on ukulele. 
Like a PrayerFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 02:57
forest path

Saturday April 16, 2022

Happy Easter to you all. See you next on Saturday April, 23.

Saturday April 9, 2022

a single take recording of

A Day in The Life

The scream heard. 

Recorded on ukulele.
A Day in The LifeFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 02:53
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Saturday April 2, 2022

a single take recording of

Seven Nation Army

Far from this opera
All the stains coming from my blood
Tell me, "Go back home".


I used ukulele and violin bow for the instrumentals.
Seven Nation ArmyFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 01:46
Winter farm fields, snow

Saturday March 26, 2022

a single take recording of

In Bloom 

To me this song describes one of our current cultural crises – the surface level engagement of life, the moving meaninglessly and carelessly from one thing to the next, as if a spectator.  
 
In singing this song I took inspiration from Sturgill Simpson’s cover. What I find most compelling and meaningful about his version is his choice to change the lyrics from “But he knows not what it means, Knows not what it means, And I say” to “But he don't know what it means, Don't know what it means to love someone”. 

Recorded on ukulele.
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In BloomFaith Sings on Saturdays
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Saturday March 19, 2022

a single take recording of

Mr. Lonely 

Now I'm a soldier, a lonely soldier
Away from home through no wish of my own
That's why I'm lonely, I'm Mr. Lonely 
I wish that I could go back home.

Recorded on ukulele.
Mr. LonelyFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 02:53
nightfall, snowfall

Saturday March 12, 2022

a single take recording of

I'll be seeing You

I'll be seeing YouFaith Sings on Saturdays
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wave

Saturday March 5, 2022

a single take recording of

Blowin' In The Wind

How many times must a man look up
before he can see the sky?

And how many years must one man have
before he can hear people cry?

The answer my friend, is blowin' in the wind, 
The answer is somewhere in the wind.
Recorded one month ago today on ukulele.
Ontario
Blowin' In The WindFaith Sings on Saturdays
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Saturday February 19, 2022

a single take recording of

Dream a Little Dream

I can’t remember when I first heard this song or whose version it was. I can only say, this is one of those pieces of music it seems like I’ve always known. Recently I listened to Ozzie Nelson sing it (a 1931 recording). I really enjoyed hearing a male voice unfold the song. I hope you enjoy my version of it, which was recorded on ukulele. 
Dream a Little DreamFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 01:28
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Saturday February 12, 2022

a single take recording of

So This is Love

It can be interesting to re-encounter a song you knew only as a child. My friend Julide recently brought this song to my attention again. Life is a journey of unceasing challenges. But there are some experiences, like loving someone and being loved, that really do make life worth living. An Ilene Woods cover, recorded on ukulele. 
So This is LoveFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 01:26
Winter dusk
Sometimes love is not what you thought, and not what you pictured. Sometimes, love takes time, hey, hey. An Aldous Harding cover, using electric ukulele and violin bow. 

Saturday February 5, 2022

a single take recording of 

Imagining my Man

Imagining my ManFaith Sings on Saturdays
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Saturday January 29, 2022

a single take recording of 

There Stands the Glass

This song makes me think about how we all use things, be it alcohol or other means, to keep ourselves behind glass, which is to say, separated from encountering life in process. I am grateful I was first shown Webb Pierce's cover of it, which he recorded in 1953. It is a raw piece of music, and the simplicity and honesty of the lyrics moves me.  I used a violin bow and ukulele for the instrumentals. 
There Stands the GlassFaith Sings on Saturdays
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A blind contour drawing I produced in 2018

Saturday January 29, 2022

a single take recording of 

Stand by your Man

What I like about Tammy Wynette, besides her special voice, is her sincerity. When she sings I can sense she is telling me about something that is really rooted in her experience. I used a violin bow and ukulele for the instrumentals.   
Stand By Your ManFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 01:32
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Saturday January 29, 2022

a single take recording of

I'm on Fire

A Springsteen song I like dancing to. Recorded using a violin bow and ukulele. [You can hear the snow removal truck that pulled up outside of the window during the recording. A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do].
I'm on FireFaith Sings on Saturdays
00:00 / 01:56
Heart in the sun