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."