BLACKFLIES & MOSQUITOES and Other Love Songs
BY TED WESLEY
[Note - the purpose of providing a sample of this music here (click on recording #6 link) is in tribute to Ted Wesley, and so that the songs are not lost. We encourage you to purchase the album. Ted is planning to reissue his music in CD format, and do new recordings. Stay tuned for more news.]
From the Dust Jacket: "Most Canadians live within 100 miles of the United States border. Ted Wesley sings about the other 3.4 million square miles. Ted sings about the north in particular because he lives there and he loves it. As he explains, it is the last place left to ruin. He sings about muskrat marches; about rivers that flow as if they were the soul of God; of blackflies and mosquitoes, of shadows on crystal snows. But most of all, Ted sings about the people of this wilderness, and about the things that are real to him.
"In this album, Ted's second, he sings of trapping and traders, muktuk and mukluks and of the northern mainliner, the scheduled P.W.A. jet service to Yellowknife and Inuvik from Edmonton, a 1,224 mile flight which is approximately the same distance as from Toronto to Regina or to St. John's, Newfoundland.
"In songs like the James Bay Electric Power Play, Ted and song writers Wilf Bean and Bob Ruzicka describe the impact of development on the wild country. They are powerful songs: Ted is a powerful entertainer. But "BLACKFLIES AND MOSQUITOES" is not a protest album, and Ted is not anti development. His songs urge us to exercise a little caution; that some kinds of progress can be "devils in disguise"; that we should know, and pass on, the values of the old ways before deciding to destroy them.
"Having lived within 300 miles of the Arctic circle for 12 of his 28 years, Ted knows what he is singing about. He has travelled extensively through northern Canada, singing for Eskimos in remote arctic settlements and entertaining the Indian people of the Mackenzie River communities.
"Ted is as much a part of these songs as the north is part of him. He has both captured, and been captured by, the mystic of the open land. "I remember the shock the first time I saw the Nahanni", recalls Ted, "Virginia Falls are beautiful -- they are higher than Niagara. But how many people know about Virginia Falls? -- The impact of seeing that River -- it really made me stop and think for a long time, about everything and what everything means." So he named his daughter Nahanni. This is Ted's way of saving tomorrow for the children." 1973 (further credits below)
01 James Bay Hydro-Electric Power Play (Bob Ruzicka) TRO Publishing - BMI (lyrics)
02 Caribou Song (Wilf Bean) Pet-Mac Publishing (BMI) (lyrics)
03 Strangers in a Strange Land (Bob Ruzicka) TRO Publishing - BMI (lyrics)
04 Ballad of Slim Semmler (Bob Ruzicka) TRO Publishing - BMI (lyrics)
05 Old Man Tell Your Story (Bob Ruzicka) TRO Publishing - BMI (lyrics)
06 Curses of My Life (Wilf Bean) Pet-Mac Publishing (BMI) (lyrics)
07 Trapper's Jig (Wilf Bean) Pet-Mac Publishing (BMI) (lyrics)
08 Sweet Prairie Rose and the Midnight Son (Bob Ruzicka) TRO Publishing - BMI (lyrics)
09 Nahanni (Wilf Bean) Pet-Mac Publishing (BMI) (lyrics)
10 Mackenzie Road (Bob Ruzicka) TRO Publishing - BMI (lyrics)
11 Wallow in Your Welfare (Whitefish Station Whalin' Man) (Bob Ruzicka) TRO Publishing - BMI (lyrics)
12 Save Tomorrow For the Children (Bob Ruzicka) TRO Publishing - BMI (lyrics)
Rhythm Arrangements by The Northwest Rhythm Company
Vocals by Ginny, Jan, Jim and Marvin.
Recorded at Damon Recording Studios in Edmonton, Alberta, "The Gateway To The Great Northwest"
Produced (1973) by Garry McDonall for Ted Wesley Productions Ltd. - Yellowknife, N.W.T.
The copyright in this record is the property of Boot Records Limited. Copying in whole or in part by any process whatsoever is an infringement and subject to the penalties provided by law.
Manufactured and Distributed in Canada by: Boot Records Limited, 1343 Matheson Blvd. W., Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1R1
[Note: I have the lyrics to all of the songs on this album and they will be posted in the near future]
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