Video: Cowboy Junkies “What I Lost”

The Cowboy Junkies return with their first new material in five years with ‘What I Lost’.   This is a poignant and heartbreaking song about dementia.  The imagery in the video centres on the father of four of the band members including singer Margo Timmins.  The lyrics are about the father’s struggle with dementia.  Home movies from his childhood are intercut with an image that implies memory slipping away.

Songwriter Michael Timmins reflects on the creation of the song based on conversations he had with his father in the final months of his life, “Memories of his flying days as a bush pilot in northern Quebec and his love of jazz and his experiences of seeing the great big-bands of the 50’s would often work their way into our conversations. I would often think about all of those memories and experiences that were slowly being eaten away by the dementia and would eventually completely disappear with his death. Lines like ‘This is what I lost’ and ‘I can sit here and wait’ from ‘What I Lost’ and ‘Shadows 2’ are not so much about him, but about me.”

‘What I Lost’ is the first single from the new album ‘Such Ferocious Beauty’ which will be available 2nd June on Cooking Vinyl Records.

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Ed Donnelly is a multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and record producer from Los Angeles. He has worked with Willie Nelson, Crowded House, Marc Cohn, Jools Holland, Matchbox Twenty, The Cult, BoyHaunt, Gladys Knight, Trent Summar and The West Coast Mob, Smashing Pumpkins, Del McCoury, OK Go, Exodus, Molly Leach, Tom Morello, O.A.R., Madness, The Crystal Method, DrunkHungry, Deadmau5, Zac Brown, CrysP Tyger, Bighead Todd and the Monsters, Jake Shimabukuro, Barenaked Ladies, Tsar, Killola and more. Donnelly regularly performs with Nathan Jacques as well as Little Silver Hearts and records with GhostsDream. Little known fact: He previously held Top Secret Security Clearance with the U.S. Department of State and Q Clearance from the Department of Energy. He currently runs The Barber’s Basement Recording Studio in Highland Park and is a partner in The Atmos at Lemontree Studio.
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