Julian Taylor “Wide Awake” – This is, actually, a wonderful world

We make it a Canadian one-two with Tracks from Friday and today, with another fine song from Julian Taylor who is about to release the follow up to the well received and reviewed album ‘The Ridge‘.  The new album is called ‘Beyond the Reservoir,’ and it will be released on October 14th.  It sees Julian Taylor reflecting on growing up in Canada, and he says “The record reflects on my adolescence moving into adulthood, as well as the impacts of historical injustices, encouraging the next generation to keep going even amidst this world’s complexity.

Wide Awake‘ epitomises a turmoil of emotions related to his equal pride in his mixed Black and Mohawk heritage.  He’s written in some detail about his feelings in a Facebook post that you really should take the time to read.  Of this song Julian Taylor explains that it came from the stirring up of those feelings of turmoil over the past years: “So many people close to me had been dealing with loss in their lives,. I was feeling for them. I’d been dealing with my own thoughts and feelings about who I am and what’s important to me. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life. I deal with feelings of regret. Sometimes, I unintentionally live inside my own head too often; those thoughts don’t really help me with my own mental stability, and they’ve caused people around me harm as well. I now know that what I think about has a lot to do with my own happiness and the energy that I put out into the world. I now know that I’m perfect in all my imperfection, and that everything that’s happened needed to happen exactly the way that it did… We are interwoven, and we’re all so fortunate to be a part of the universal fabric of life. When I look at things that way, I’m so grateful for everything, and for everyone who’s ever shown me love. I can only hope that I’ve repaid the favour in some way.


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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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