By Phil N. Rossner
Special to the Sooke News Mirror
Paisley Love Rose is a local singer/songwriter who will be celebrating his first CD release, entitled Just A Dream, with an upcoming concert that will include local wunderkinds Adam Dobres (guitar), Richard Moody (viola, violin, mandolin) and Anneda (backing vocals). I recently sat down with Paisley at the Temple Home to discuss his music and this milestone recording:
Q – So, the CD is now complete?
Paisley – A final little bit of tweeking, but it will be ready for the 21st. For those interested in purchasing a copy, the cost will be $15.
Q – Who have been the main influences in your musical life?
Paisley – I’d like to start with my father. When he was 15, he was discovered as Victoria’s first “Elvis Presley” by Norm Pringle, so when I was growing up, my father was always singing and playing guitar. I would sit on his knee and we would typically sing Beatles songs – the first I remember being “She Loves You.” I was a “flower child” in the 60’s and even though I was younger, I enjoyed the best of the times. I was totally into the music scene at the time which included bands like Holy Smoke, Morningstar and all of these great local 60’s bands. My grandparents weren’t crazy about this “new” music, so they would send me albums of 50’s rock. My whole life has pretty much revolved around music and musicians.
Q – So your main instrument is guitar?
Paisley – I play guitar just to write songs. I also like to play keyboards and mandolin. However, singing is my first and foremost favorite. It’s funny… when I was in my teens all my friends wanted to play guitar and I didn’t want to, so they told me that if I was going to hang out with them I would have to do something, so I would do the vocals. That started me on the path of singing, making up lyrics and writing songs.
Q – Can you tell me a little bit about the songs you’ve written for this CD?
Paisley – 2015 has been a very heart expanding year for me, so my lyrics are largely based on emotions. The songs are mostly about love, happiness and joy and sharing the amazement of life. Some of the songs are a little melancholy and at first I thought it may end up being a bit of a sad album, but it’s actually turned out to be a happy album with a lot of heartfelt emotions.
Q – Where was the CD recorded and what other artists appear on the recording?
Paisley – The recording was done locally and also includes musical contributions by Adam Dobres, Richard Moody, Tyler Carson and Anneda. Adam is the guitar player extraordinaire on the album. He also plays bass and some of the percussion. He’s really a wonderful producer and arranger of music, so when I presented the songs to him he just took them to that place that I always knew that’s where they should be going and that’s what they should sound like. There is also violin, viola and cajon on the recording as well as some keyboards and percussion. The album is called “Just A Dream” and it’s definitely been an amazing dream and I have such an amazing “dream team”, if you will.
Q – How about future musical aspirations?
Paisley – Definitely… Adam and I, while putting this CD together, also have a full other complete set of material which we will filter through and see what remains for a 2nd CD. Also, I would like to do some more shows in support of the new CD in a month or two.
Q – Anything else you would like to add?
Paisley – Yes, I would just like to convey how grateful I am to all those musicians involved, as well as to dearest Lulu Love Rose and Elspeth McClean. All is Love!
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Temple Home/ Wild at heart, 1908 Billings Road, Sooke
COST: Sliding $15 – $20