Romance of the Field
Author Aislinn Hunter asked me to write a song to go along with her new book, The World Before Us. I got to read the uncorrected proof, which is always thrilling, and found many familiar touchstones from my own work and life. Most striking was the book’s loving account of Victorian era museums, including a glass case of taxidermy hummingbirds that stopped me in my tracks many years ago. They show up in the song here, as well as distant voices, old pianos, and a fair helping of “scientific” longing. Listen to the song, read the book, and listen to the song again!
Recorded and mixed by John Collins at JC/DC Studio in Vancouver. Produced by VH and JC (The Lions).
Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata
Written with Bill Richardson and Ami Gladstone, this show began as a 20 minute musical in 2009 and premiered as a full-length work in 2012. Based on real Craigslist ads, it is a ridiculous and sadly sweet look at how much we long for things/people. Plus dancing!
Peter Panties is a theatre show written by Niall McNeil (an actor with Downs Syndrome) and Marcus Youssef. It is a reworking of the Peter Pan story, with elements of Macbeth, Mother Courage, and CSI. Veda wrote the songs and performed live in the Leaky Heaven/NeWorld Theatre 2011 run with The Bank Dogs, a band of teenage boys. The recording was released in 2013.
V. Hillovich and P. Kleinenstein. Prefering to play diddles from here and there – it’s an atrostophy! Get pickled, get puddled but don’t get paddled. With their splendiforous tempobularies and smooth harmonicizing, you’ll want to shout.
They sing high, they sing low, there’s even a piano. Go on, jump in with The Fits!
A family band, now defunct because the kids grew up. Veda and Justin and Saoirse and Annie and Matt and Abe and Shaun all lived in the same duplex, and wrote rock songs in the garage. Sierra lived down the street and came and helped. Duplex! made two albums on Mint records (Ablum 2005, and Worser 2008) and played shows with lots of balloons.
Other projects include Dress Me Up In Your Love, YUFO, and The Sexual Practices of the Japanese with Theatre Replacement, Songs of the False Creek Flats with Annabel Vaughan, Happy Birthday Teenage City at the Push Festival, Jack Pine (a children’s opera), Silver at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Escape Songs with Christof Migone, the Yukon Suite at the Yukon Arts Centre, Here is a picture (songs for E. Carr) and many more.