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Backstage With Douglas McLean: A Conversation With Toronto-Based Singer-Songwriter Lynn Harrison

Photo Credit: David McLachlan.

Lynn Harrison joins Douglas McLean for his podcast series, 'Backstage', in conversation about her newest album, Treasure, and performs three songs acoustically during their talk, letting the magic of these songs speak for themselves.

You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE

A gifted artist known for thoughtful, heartfelt songs of uncommon beauty, power, and insight; Toronto singer-songwriter Lynn Harrison is an inspiring presence on Canadian stages. Her new seventh solo album Treasure (produced by Douglas September) features musicians David Woodhead, Bob Cohen, and Ambrose Pottie.

Harrison will be celebrating the album release in concert and online as a livestream event on Saturday, February 25th at Eastminster Church, 310 Danforth Avenue, Toronto. Doors will open at 6:30 pm with music starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets and Livestream Link are $20 at Eventbrite or at the door.

Lynn Harrison is a concise storyteller, prolific songwriter, and an expert turner of memorable phrases. As an ordained Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister currently serving at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, it’s clear that in all paths of her work, Harrison presents an inspirational message of love, hope and justice.

Treasure is an album about staying sane in a mad world; about facing change with love and optimism; a 12-song prayer cycle that's both personal and universal – from a songwriter's songwriter, whose deft lyricism, melodic sensibilities, and captivating voice are second to none. Harrison reveals the things she treasures, and in doing so, provides a map to our own. Listening to Treasure is like having a spiritual experience without having to go to any church.

On Treasure, Lynn Harrison has documented the many small but significant treasures in her life, and reflected on those available to us all. How very appropriate it is that these songs themselves are treasures as well. You only have to listen to find them.

Lynn plays three selections from Treasure:

Live: "Let's Talk to Each Other Like Trees" is a thoughtful, poignant meditation on communicating at the soul level, with other people, and with the earth. The lyrics to this song inspired the album's cover and liner art.

Live: To the hypnotic, percolating sound of Harrison's fingerpicked rhythm guitar, "Punctuation" ingeniously parallels an author's periods, question marks, and run-on sentences with those of our lives. It's an intimate and reflective musical prayer for turning points of all kinds.

Live: "Good Songs" is a tender-hearted acoustic solo piece featuring Harrison's intimate vocals and sparkling guitar, affirming the value of songs to inspire love and heal the world. It's a masterful songwriter celebrating the power of her chosen profession.


Help Me Do the Next Right Thing

Every Precious Day

Let's Talk to Each Other Like Trees


Good Songs

You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE


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