CONTROL written by W. Mick Gibbs is the third of three NeighboursBand.ca lyric video pre-releases leading up to Earth Day. Is Mother Nature out of control? Or is it us? She will adapt quickly based on physics and biology. Can we adapt fast enough? Mother Nature will survive. Will we?
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TREES is a love story for Canada’s forest ecosystems, and the trees in them and trees everywhere. TREES is the second NeighboursBand.ca pre-release towards Earth Day. This is for the future and Sadie, one of the NeighboursBand.ca daughters, written by her father W. Mick Gibbs.
It’s coming up to another Earth Day, and NeighboursBand.ca is featuring three songs that comment on our relationship with nature. CLIMATE CHANGE explores the confusion between climate change awareness and prompt action.
Night in Ukraine
It’s April 5, 2023 and it still goes on. We’re re-releasing Night In Ukraine now that we’re more online.
February 25th 2023 means a full year of war in Ukraine. My spouse is of Ukrainian Canadian heritage. The tragedy strikes deep here, but is nothing compared to the suffering there. Wherever you are – fighting for peace – or fleeing for peace – this song is in support of you and Ukraine getting through this nightmare.
(We’ll Get Over the) COVID BLUES
Who would have thought we’d be three years into a pandemic? We’ve been lucky – just a minor Covid infection that meant no trip to a family wedding. Thankfully people around us are vaccinated so much they glow.
Times are better, but there are still too many sick and dying. Please take care of your health and community. But while we’re at it, is it ever too soon to laugh at danger? We’ll (slowly) get over the Covid Blues.
What We Came From
Neighbours Band is Canadian. Therefore the Maple Leaf logo, and the .ca website extension, to differentiate our identity from many ‘neighbours bands’ around the world.
Our ancestors are mixed European, but mostly Celtic. The ‘What We Came From‘ lyric video and song are a reminiscence of family and community heritage of immigrants in rural and small-town Canada – specifically from Kintyre in Scotland to Cantire in Canada.
Our ancestors brought lots of good values from the old country, but also lots of European bias and national jealousy, some racism and intolerance, and an epic ignorance of Indigenous Canadians. Thankfully, the good values have lasted, and the questionable ones have faded or disappeared over the generations.
This one is to our families and lifetime friends, and the communities they sustain . . . Love ya.
23 Stories Album
Neighbours Band in Canada has been kept at home during the pandemic, like everyone. With dramatically less live venues, there is a silver lining – we have been given the time and energy to songwriting. What has resulted is over 20 original songs. Each one is a story. In winter 2023, we’ve been recording. To help focus on the story in each song, we’ve been creating lyric videos. We’ve started pre-releasing some of our developing songs and videos. All this is working towards a planned fall 2023 release of a double album.
The Draft Album Cover combines several concepts: 23 stories in 23 songs; it’s the Year 2023; and Neighbours Band members have been playing together 23 years as of fall 2023.
We’re pre-releasing song videos in four groups: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall 2023. Please follow us on this blog, or through our Youtube Channel or Facebook.