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Introducing Murray Powell
I am a singer, song writer and performer and I play rhythm and bass guitar. I have been involved in music since the age of twelve as my parents were both musicians and I experimented with piano, accordion, trumpet and trombone.
For a time during my work life I put music aside but, more recently, I got back into playing and took guitar lessons in the early 2000’s. During the past nine years I got back into singing publicly and in 2009 I formed a group with some friends called ‘Prowler and the Wildman’ (AKA “PWM”) comprising a mandolin, lead guitar, drums and myself.
Over the past four years I have participated in a weekly jam with a group of other musicians where I have had the occasion to try out many new songs and share good times. I also had the opportunity to perform at music festivals held annually in different parts of Toronto.
In June, 2011, I recorded and released my first CD of original songs called “Remedios” comprising 13 of my own compositions. This CD is dedicated to the memory of my daughter Leslie Marie Kelly who was killed in 2008 at the age of 26 and there is a special song for her on this album. My songs cover personal experiences and events and my thoughts and feelings about life, love and people.
Here is a song I recently created from a poem written by my daughter (Leslie Marie Kelly) and is being shared on the 8th anniversary of her death.
Leslie’s Poem for a Friend
|“I cannot ease your aching heart, nor take your pain away;
But let me stay and take your hand and walk with you today.
I’ll listen when you need to talk, I’ll wipe away your tears;
I’ll share your worries when they come, I’ll help you face your fears.
I’m here and I will stand by you, on each hill you have to climb;
So take my hand, let’s face the world and live just one day at a time.
You’re not alone, for I’m still here, I’ll go that extra mile;
And when your grief is easier, I’ll help you learn to smile!”
I am looking forward to more opportunities to play either independently or with my group – as well as promote my CD and welcome any and all referrals that come my way. I am also open to participating in interviews and or discussing my material upon request. Please feel free to contact me.