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My story about Yiannis

My story about Yiannis

Like most stories of today, this takes place during Covid. While I was inside, I read a lot and shopped online. I won a Turkish drum about 5 months ago on an online auction. I brought it home and after a few weeks I realized I didn’t play it yet. So, I put in a bunch of Cd’s and took it for a test run. In a very short time, I discovered this drum was teaching me, and I was loving it! My interpretive skills were at a new level and I decided to ramp it up and see where else I could take it. I put on Yiannis Kapoulas’ first recording. The opening piece is called Sun in your eyes and it starts with a lovely but slightly intense guitar opening and then the drums kick in with a Mediterranean feel. I began to jump in and was instantly transported to a different place with visions and tastes and dance running through me. I was deeply inside and involved in the music and was loving every note.

As each piece unfolded, I kept find myself inside new surroundings. It was like being on vacation through remote viewing. Each instrumental brought on different levels of emotion. As time moved on, like everyone, I ran into some dark days that questioned my next steps in life.  I found through these tough times that drumming really took away stress.

In the case of Yiannis, not only did I find my stress levels diminishing, but his music was filling me up with spiritual strength. It felt like climbing a mountain and feeling exhausted and exhilarated at the same time. I was finding my answers to the difficult tasks I was facing and it pulled me out of any funk, I was slowly sinking into.

I have now been playing with all his Cd’s and I am finding myself happy and strong. When I saw Yiannis at the Beaches Jazz festival this year, I told him my story and he and his wife Elena were elated, because that is what they are trying to accomplish for the listener. He even shared a story about a woman who didn’t leave her apartment for years, but heard Yiannis playing in the streets and came out to get a stronger vibe off his music. She has moved on with her journey about going out into the world and left her isolating apartment to explore her new world. I am sharing this because there are very special artists in this city that clearly has the power to heal through their music. In this case mine is Yiannis Kapoulas.

Keep his name close to you and seek out where is playing next, his mystic Journey may find you having a very special Awakening!

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Carlos Alonso- XLIX

Carlos Alonso- XLIX

When you listen to this outing by Carlos Alonso, the first feeling I got was it was an invitation to his 49th Birthday. After my first run through I understood the significance of 49. It is the birthday before you are at the half century mark, so what do you do at this stage. Do… Continue Reading

Blast picks apart Zuffalo’s Birdbrain

Blast picks apart Zuffalo’s Birdbrain

I just had a zoom with Zuffalo about their new album, Birdbrain. The band consists of:Kim Manning- Vocals, KeysMikey Vukovich- Vocals, BassSean Steele- Vocals, GuitarEric Vanier- Drums If you are wondering about their name, I looked it up and this is what I found on Wikipedia. Zuffolo (also chiufolo, ciufolo) is an Italian fipple flute. First described in the… Continue Reading

Devouring Saturn – Fortis Rebis

Devouring Saturn – Fortis Rebis

Reaching, striving for lofty goals, Devouring Saturn searches out it own personal levels of heavenly delights while digging new depths within themselves of new discoveries. The result is invocative and is mixed  within a harsh realm of alchemy that is called Fortis Rebis. This is a symphonic cacophony of a no holds barred ride into… Continue Reading

Art Griffin – The Venus Variations

Art Griffin – The Venus Variations

  Art Griffin, one of Toronto’s premiere Prog Rockers comes out with some new sounds that all of us need at this moment.  Of course I am speaking of our uncertain times with Covid, job loss, social and spiritual distancing. These are the real stresses we face daily these days.  Well Art seems to have… Continue Reading

Päter- Sole

Päter- Sole

Päter is a young Torontonian singer/songwriter with a lot of character. I recently was watching her during these Covid times and she challenged herself to write a lot of songs in a short period of time. 30 in 30 days to be exact. Her creative process was fast and furious and her style varied from… Continue Reading

Holly Clausius – Sunflower EP

Holly Clausius – Sunflower EP

Holly Clausius is a young singer from the small Ontario town of Exeter. She just released her debut EP in hopes to find a market in Toronto and other places nearby. The cover is very colourful and radiant with the hopes of that sound emanating from this artist. Her style is simple and has that… Continue Reading

Jupiter Hollow – Bereavement

Jupiter Hollow – Bereavement

  This is not a CD for the faint of Heart. I think that is a fair statement to start off with. It will challenge you intellectually, emotionally and technically. It is as if you become part of this onslaught. The story itself is pretty straight forward and self explanatory. The way they organize the… Continue Reading