Rex Weyler

Rex, bw, profileRex Weyler is a writer on Cortes Island, BC., in Canada. His most recent work is a collection of 14 songs,  “Catch the Light.”

His books include Greenpeace, about the founding of the ecology group; Blood of the Land, about indigenous nations in the Western Hemisphere and their response to European colonization; and The Jesus Sayings, a first century history. He is a co-author of Chop Wood, Carry Water, a collection of historic teachings and practical advice.

Weyler is a co-founder of  the ecology action group Greenpeace International, where he publishes the “Deep Green” blog, and he is a co-founder of Hollyhock educational Centre in Canada. He lives on Cortes Island with his family.

You can hear clips of all 14 songs, buy the CD, or download it here at CD Baby.

Below, you may listen or download two songs from the new CD.

Listen to I’ll Wait
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Listen to River of Light
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►Hear more songs at SoundCloud.

    Catch the Light  

CD Cover, 2, CD BabyIn December of 2011, in Vancouver’s old Mushroom Studio (Hiposonic), we recorded these songs live in the studio, with the musicians improvising parts, which gives the music an immediate, live sound.

A song, with lyrics, meter, and melody, is the oldest known form of literature, a foundation of human culture, and perhaps the writing form that most closely reaches the heart and soul of a human being.

For thousands of years, songs served as memory devises that allowed tellers or singers to recall the stories of their adventures and those of their ancestors. Even today, people find identity in the songs that touch them in childhood or adolescence.

I began making up songs in my head as a kid, after hearing Hank Williams on the radio. Later, I was inspired by Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Laura Nyro, Jackson Browne and so many other great songwriters during the song renaissance of the 1960s and 70s. More recently, I felt inspired by the songs of Amy Winehouse, bless her heart.

  The Musicians

Above all, the hard-earned artistry of the musicians makes these recordings work. I am grateful to each of these musicians for lending their extraordinary talents to these songs:

Producer Miles Black plays piano and electric keyboards. Miles has worked with Slide Hampton, Paul Horn, Max Roach, Maynard Ferguson, and with his own Miles Black Trio and Quartet. His recordings include Metaphora with the Altered Laws jazz quartet and Synergy with flutist Tom Keenlyside.

Guitarist Brett Wade has performed with Roy Orbison, Rita McNeal, and Ray Charles. Wade mixed the recordings and arranged and sings harmony vocals with Glenda Rae. Brett and Glenda’s music is available here at Nimbitmusic.

Drummer Dan Brubeck has played, recorded, or toured with Larry Coryell, Livingston Taylor, The Band, Paul Butterfield, and appears on 10 albums with his innovative father Dave Brubeck. Danny preforms and records with The Brubeck Brothers and with his band The Dolphins.

Percussionist Gordy Ryan served for thirty-two years as protégé and band member with the great Babatunde Olatunji. Gordy has played with Carlos Santana, David Sanborn, Gabrielle Roth, and Mickey Hart. His current band, Oba, expands the world music sound that Baba made famous.

Vocalist Glenda Rae sang gospel music on stage by the age of 3 and has worked in pop, soul, and blues. Her albums include Another Day and The Cocktail party, and she has written hundreds of fine songs, many with Miles Black and Brett Wade.

Tom Neville plays violin and mandolin on these recordings. Neville performs in Canada with James Kellaghan, Joelle Rabu, Joe Stanton, Babe Gurr, The Wheat in the Barley, and The Hot Club of Mars. He recorded his original tunes on the CD Highly Strung.

Tim Stacey is a popular jazz bassist in Vancouver clubs and studios. Tim began playing music as a child in Trinidad, studied music at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and performs with orchestral ensembles, jazz groups, and with his son Jean-Marc.

Rick Bockner, acoustic guitar on Bounty Hunter and Half Moon, developed his finger-picking techniques playing with Pete Seeger, Stefan Grossman, Woody Mann, and with the seminal 60’s San Francisco band, Mad River. His albums include Fret Lizards and Trouble with the Moon.

Jack Weyler, my son, plays organ on To You All Along. Jack has played keyboards for Martha Reeves and now plays with the popular Victoria, BC band Bonehoof. Their first EP includes great original songs such as Peggy Prowler and Shells, with a psychedelic, indie folk rock sound. Check them out, they’re good.

            The Songs

2. piano, guitar, family photos1. I’ll Wait (3:41): A gapped blues form, or ascending minor, reminiscent of “When the Stars Go Blue”  or “Helplessly Hoping,” dating back to Bach, driven here by the drum, keyboard, and guitar rhythms, and lifted by the violin fills. Listen to this song at SoundCloud.

2. If You Came By (3:17): A blues derivative with Miles Black’s jazzy honky-tonk piano, and Tom Neville’s soaring violin. Listen to this song at SoundCloud.

3. Gambler’s Farewell (4:30): A bar-band sort of song, easy to play, about being stupid in love, with rocking, syncopated leads by the fiddle and guitar.

4. Bounty Hunter (4:49): Country style in an ascending progression similar to “I Shall Be Released” or the Beatles “Here, There, and Everywhere.” The guitar and fiddle leads, delicate keys, and country back beat serve the song perfectly.

5. Half Moon (3:58): A simple song in a folk style. Rick Bockner and Brett Wade play the exquisite guitar parts, and Gordy Ryan adds the rolling conga rhythm.

6. How Do I Love You (4:12): A minor-major vamp heard in certain Celtic and Appalachian tunes, propelled by the musicians playing rhythmic fills and by those powerful Brett Wade and Glenda Rae vocal harmonies.

7. To You All Along (5:12) A reggae style made famous in the 1970s and still heard today, with Jack’s funky organ, Danny’s syncopations on the high hat, and Gordy’s world groove.

8. Fallen Warriors (3:50): A little 6/8 polyrhythm with a major-minor change I recall hearing in a Beatles song. Paul McCartney may have borrowed it from Bach.

9. Damascus Dawn (2:42): Fiddle tune style. Tom Neville kills the fiddle/mandolin break on this.

10. Fifth of May (4:27): Written in 1981, the night Bobby Sands died in Maze Prison. Brett Wade’s guitar break makes this song by capturing all the heartbreak and glory.

11. Waterlove(8:48): Danny Brubeck’s rhythm parts fit each song perfectly, and I particularly love what he does here. The bass, guitar, and harmony vocals play with those rhythms, while the keys hold the one-drop feel throughout.

12. Night Vision (5:24): Keyboard player and session producer, Miles Black, sets this up with the spacious Hammond B3 organ sound. Classy restraint by all the musicians is evident here.

13. River of Light (3:14): The ascending minor-minor-major in the verse was influenced by Van Morrison’s “Sweet Thing.” The keyboard notes drop in like like jewels, and double time on the congas works perfectly.

14. Sailor’s Lullaby (3:12): The simplest of song forms, the one-five, nothing fancy, just a cadence for softly singing. Brett and Miles on the guitars.

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a. CD Booklet cover, wht back, photo, jpegAll songs written by Rex Weyler Produced by Miles Black and Brett Wade Recorded at Hipposonic (former Mushroom Studios), December 2011, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Engineer: Chris Michel

Vocal harmony arrangements, Brett Wade Vocals and instrumental overdubs recorded, and tracks mixed, at Vocal-Guitar Studio, Langley, BC, Canada; Engineer, Brett Wade

Mastered at Gotham City Studios, Vancouver; Engineer: Craig Waddell

CD art by Lisa Gibbons CD
design by Barry Lavender

Photography by Darshan Stevens

Released: May 2014
Published by Rex Weyler Music and Salmonberry Arts and Publishing.
© 2013, Rex Weyler Music, SOCAN, BMI All rights reserved. Used by permission

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16 Responses to “Rex Weyler”

  1. Cousin Steve September 12, 2014 at 6:48 pm Permalink

    Hey Man, Awesome!! Brings back some old memories of our roads traveled together.

  2. Graeme Kennedy July 16, 2014 at 9:45 am Permalink

    love it rex. ‘ been blasting out my kitchen window in berlin. great songwriting!

  3. Alex Peacemaker June 9, 2014 at 11:01 am Permalink

    Go Rex ! … Music & di positiive alone will live fo-evah
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    1luv all mi relations
    Alex

  4. George Bowering May 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm Permalink

    Wow, Rex! This is even better than I thought it would be. Jeepers, yr good, and lovely, if that is an all right word. Wish you were here around the book club table, chum.

  5. Steve Cairns May 27, 2014 at 6:17 am Permalink

    Pens, cameras, microphones; any instrument you pick up seems able to make magic or move mountains. I’m sure people have been burned at stakes for less. Thanks for sharing.

  6. DEE LIPPINGWELL May 26, 2014 at 3:28 pm Permalink

    I never realized you were such a great singer Rex. Love the tunes…thanks for sharing.

  7. Paul Kirmmse May 24, 2014 at 6:06 pm Permalink

    In a little while I’ll be in a wifi zone at Peg’s (my wife) house so I can listen to the tunes.
    thanks,Paul the K

  8. Gregg Hurt May 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm Permalink

    To my dearest extant friend: You are a combination of Farley Mowat, Bob Dylan, John Muir, and Ernest Hemingway all rolled into one. My only wish is that Mrs. Leeper could see you now! Great songs. Love it.

  9. Hal & Barb DeGraw May 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm Permalink

    It’s like you just keep expanding your interests and keep recreating yourself and doing it all extremely well. Loved the songs and bought a couple CDs.

  10. Aunt Becca May 18, 2014 at 12:08 pm Permalink

    Many thanks to a true humanist and earth lover

  11. Colin Ford May 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm Permalink

    Impressive Rex. Kudoos to all concerned.

  12. Buddy Boyd May 18, 2014 at 9:59 am Permalink

    Rex rocks!

  13. Beverly Hollingsworth May 18, 2014 at 8:46 am Permalink

    Wow, Rex, as usual you are always touching our hearts in a deep way. Sending out your love to all points, on our sacred Mother Earth! The” Whales” are also well aware of you and doing huge leaps of joy for all your accomplishments! You are so appreciated and loved!

  14. Rien Achterberg May 12, 2014 at 9:53 am Permalink

    Wonderful Rex! (Viva the GP’49!)

  15. Francine Jonathans May 12, 2014 at 9:20 am Permalink

    It is touches my heart to hear you sing !

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