Check this awesome paper out that I’ve been using this year. It is sustainable, durable, recyclable, waterproof, acid free, requires less ink, smooth as silk, cuts with an Xacto knife like butter, and made from ROCK! I LOVE THIS PAPER!!!! :D
Sometimes I keep stuff and sometimes I don’t. I caught this Ramones bass pick in mid air at their August 12, 1994 show at Lulu’s in Kitchener, Ontario (you can find the bootleg show online if you dig…) during the same month that I wrote my first song on the guitar for my first formed band The Double Feature Creatures entitled, Charlie’s Angels Superstars. After the concert when I met Joey and the Ramones backstage, my giggly friends and I got supercheez by way of goofy greetings and posturing that classic (and now somewhat cliché to mock) Charlie’s Angels pose. Good times!
Here’s a time I didn’t keep something except for the memory… t few years ago (‘09) for my birthday I went to NYC. The manager for the Ramones offered me one of Clem Burke’s (Blondie drummer) broken drumsticks which I declined. If I had caught it, then absolutely I would have kept it. But instead I enjoyed a guided tour of the Lower East side by one of my favourite drummers ever, Mr. Burke himself along with Cyril Jordan and friends in tow….
Fun memories and in the end, the memories are what matter more than any inanimate object.
How time flies! More than nine years ago, I began helping my sweet friend, Julie Angus and her husband Colin in various ways during an unprecedented expedition. Here are some photos from that time… And in May, 2006 - 8 years ago wow! - the world got to see our sweet Canadians become the first to ever circumnavigate the globe by only human power and earned Colin and Julie National Geographic Adventurers of the Year! If they can travel the world like this on zero emissions, we can all then make a greater effort to reduce emissions during our own routines. I will forever feel so honoured and proud to have been part of this process. The reward of giving to something like this is far greater than any job I’ve ever had before or since.
Expedition Canada was the 1st circumnavigation of the globe by only human power I was Media Manager, Music Supervisor, Sponsorship Scout, Sponsor
• Team sponsor and obtained title sponsorship from Truestar Health • Pursued media from around the globe successfully resulting in several global publications in print, web and telev ision including the Discovery Channel • Obtained Julie’s first glossy women’s magazine spread in the US which led to her first book publishing deal • Provided ocean weather reports • Coordinated a greeting from media, a photoshoot and Truestar product delivery upon their St. Lucia arrival • Organized a film screening fundraiser in Hamilton with significant silent auction items, catered food, Julie Angus as guest speaker, and presented the expeditioners documentaries • Designed the welcome back ceremonies print collateral and assisted the title sponsor at the ceremonies • Music Supervisor and wrote the original score for their award winning documentary, Beyond the Horizon
“Christine Leakey is a talented graphic designer, marketing manager and event coordinator who proved to be a valuable asset to Angus Adventures. Her broad skill set was a key addition to our company and would be to a range of businesses. I have known Christine for ten years and she has contributed significantly to the success of Angus Adventures, especially to our two year expedition to complete the first human powered circumnavigation of the planet. Christine was instrumental in liaising with sponsors and securing sponsorship. She handled media relations and sought out media coverage in print articles, online resources worldwide as well as television including the Discovery Channel. She designed and created the graphic materials, including placards and banners, for the expedition finale celebration in Vancouver. Her musical talent and connections was tremendously beneficial to the production of our documentary Beyond the Horizon where she sourced and secured the musical artists for the soundtrack and composed, sang and played the title track. Christine distinguished herself by consistently displaying innovative and original ideas on marketing and promotion. Her dedication helped us achieve not only our goal of completing the expedition but highlighting it to a broader audience through key media interviews including The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos and Canada AM, as well as two best-selling books and an award winning documentary.” – Julie Angus, Angus Adventures
When I was a little girl, this cartoon was a personal favourite. My grandmaman was a milliner which if you’re not familiar is a hat designer. She was a lead designer for a hat factory in Montreal during the 20s and 30s and also opened her own hat shop. She pursued her career prior to finding love and marriage. She began married life later and while she was only 4’10”, she was a strong force like her mother. Oh and she loved to sing operatically.
When I was a little girl I would go into her bedroom where there stood an electric felt hat form always with a hat.
Here is a photo of my grandmaman:
My mother used to sing songs to me every day during my entire time growing up. She just sang all the time and still does from time to time. This was a song she sang to be prior to seeing the cartoon and so when I did see it, I already knew I’d love it. I loved the story and sentiment. As much as it seems fitting for Valentine’s, it reminds me of Easter time… So with that said, Happy Easter!
Check out my friend Fernando Perdomo’s latest music video launched today, on time for Record Store Day! The song is quite endearing. Several women participated in sharing their record collections and passions including myself (with my victrola and chihuahua) :) Also, Christian Hamilton of CIUT’s Dementia 13 was visiting California when I connected her to Fernando and so that’s her holding up the Savage Rose album.
Fernando co-produced a beautiful album to check out, speaking of records… Linda Perhacs, The Soul of All Natural Things. Check it out: http://www.lindaperhacs.com
Miss Betty Grable by Christine Leakey video by Dan Zen
When I wrote this song, I was not aware of any scandals tied to Betty Grable. I was auto writing the lyrics. This is how I’ve written poetry over the years and some of my music. Sometimes I’ve gone to look up words in the dictionary that I’d write which i didn’t know the meaning to and the word would perfectly fit into the message of the poem. I am not saying this song I wrote connects in any way to the real Betty Grable but I just find it fascinating that there was any scandal surrounding her since the song has scandal in the lyrics. After I wrote the song, it sparked my curiosity to google whether she had any scandal tied to her and that is how I learned that there was tragedy in her life.
I played all the instruments on this track, sang all the vocals, produced and engineered the music at my friend Danny Z’s studio (not Dan Zen) who set up the mic’s and drums for me. For many, this tune has become a favourite on my album, Tapping Trees in a Trinket Box of Treasure. You can purchase the album here: http://christineleakey.bandcamp.com
Here is one of the many pages during my self propelled studies at the Japan Foundation in Toronto during the 90s when I was trying to teach myself Mandarin using their CD Roms in their library. I was working toward getting a youth grant to study with a calligraphy guru in Japan and I wanted to at least learn the basics. Then I met my great friend Jef who I posted about below and decided to stick around Toronto and make puppets with him instead! We created an entire story line for a marvellous puppet show. I made some sunshine puppets and he made some fabulous creature and people puppets. I created concepts for other puppets but the show never happened. Well it hasn’t happened yet. We’d get distracted by making music and watching movies like Blade Runner, the Dark Crystal and Labyrinth…
In celebration of Halloween I’ve released a new single My Heart Has Been Broken By One Unfit To Name, from a soon to be released 7-inch.
See the horror/Lynchian like video here with scenes from UK film, Where the Dogs Divide Her. I was asked to create the song based on a poem they wrote for a specific scene.
When I was a teen, I would creep down the stairs once my family was asleep, and under dim light I would quietly play improvisational spooky mood music on my mom’s synthesizer. I was most drawn to making up somber creepy toned sounds and circus ditties on keyboards. It’s just always been this way since my Great Grandma Jones gave me her 1940s Italian chord organ.
Pre-order/stream can be found at Bandcamp. Each fancy 7” will come with a sleeve designed by myself.
I’m also working on my second LP, which forecasts to be released sometime in the second half of 2014.
Once upon a music time, a 10 month baby named Christine began to whistle. Then at 3, she sang made up songs to her dog. She took piano from a belching nun at 9, and taught herself guitar at 22.
Since then, Christine has formed bands, written hundreds of songs, appeared on radio and TV, toured, recorded and produced her own music, collaborated with other recording artists, released her music on a label in Europe and in an award winning documentary.
After the dissolution of her bands, Christine began to focus on her solo work with a goal to record a full length album. She had shared the stage with a variety of acts ranging from chamber music to mainstream like Ween, Junior Kimbrough and Iggy Pop. Iggy’s reaction to her performance at the Detroit State Theatre was, “Wow, wow, wow!” While things were looking promising musically along with some recording offers, everything came to a halt when an injury left Christine unable to play guitar.
Christine is now back on her musical path and ready to release her debut solo album, Tapping Trees in a Trinket Box of Treasure. Its lush cinematic, dreamy, pop elements put a fresh spin on fusion that beg a new definition with every listen.
Her album features: Chris Gartner and Great Bob Scott (Thinbuckle), Maurizio Guarini (Goblin), Maryem Tollar, Ernie Tollar, Ravi Naimpally, Linda Ronstadt's Artistic Director and Pianist Jon Gilutin, 60's EMI/Abbey Road Studios veteran Mark Wirtz, and many others.
In addition to the album featuring a whole array of organic wind, reed, string and world instruments, this album also features a very rare collection of vintage and museum quality keyboards including the Chamberlin, Mellotron, Optigan, Orchestron and ARP 2600.
"Tapping Trees in a Trinket Box is what would happen if Karen Carpenter went into outer space with Tom Waits and gave birth to Syd Barrett."