Tom Lips | Made of Sky

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Made of Sky

by Tom Lips

This Canadian songwriter delivers an eclectic mix of original, intelligent urban folk tunes ranging from hilarious to heartbreaking, with engaging acoustic arrangements: ancestral memories of the Prairies, poignant songs of love and loss, satirical celebrations of the necktie and the singles ad, and the eerie lament of the underground parking lot attendant.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. The Far Saskatchewan
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2. Skinny White Male
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3. Only the Moon and Me
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4. Elizabeth
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5. A Man Must Wear a Tie
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6. Underground Parking Lot Attendant
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7. All I Want
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8. Eyes Of Asia
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9. Simple Song
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10. Western Lodge
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11. Didn't Intend To
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12. All of the Church Bells
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Tom's first solo recording , a CD entitled "Made of Sky," has won many friends. Christine Lavin described it in these terms:

"There's a terrific new album by Canadian singer/songwriter Tom Lips called Made of Sky. Tom possesses a deep, beautiful voice (think James Keelaghan crossed with Lyle Lovett) and is a masterful singing storyteller. The production is first-rate, the ballads are soulful and the funny stuff, is, well what can you say about lyrics like "if you've got a yen for tall and scrawny men/all I have to ask of you is, honey, where've you been?/I'm a skinny white male out here looking for love." I recommend this album highly and already know it will be on my top ten list for the year 1999."

Favourites identified by fans of Made of Sky include a hauntingly beautiful tribute to Tom's prairie ancestors ("The Far Saskatchewan"); a reflection on the building of the Canadian railroad ("Eyes Of Asia" -- co-written with Joan MacIsaac); a rollicking gospel-style explanation why "A Man Must Wear A Tie"; a bluesy celebration of the "Skinny White Male"; a look into the soul of an "Underground Parking Lot Attendant"; a faux-reggae wish-list called "All I Want"; and some poignant songs of love lost and found.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Tom Lips is a gifted singer and songwriter as well as a creative and dynamic teller of traditional and original stories and a poet whose work has appeared in The Fiddlehead and Descant. He has written hundreds of songs in an eclectic mix of styles, rooted primarily in the folk genre. Performance credits as a singer-songwriter include opening for Hart Rouge and Christine Lavin, special guest performer for Kingston's Open Voices Choir, appearances at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage, the Blue Skies Festival (as guest of the Blue Skies Choir), the Alnwick International Folk Music and Dance Festival (U.K.), the Folk Upstairs Acoustic Series (Perth), The Ottawa Folk Festival, The Strawberry Moon Festival, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, Rasputin's, and numerous contributions to theatrical productions. He has performed and recorded with the band Pilgrim Fire. Tom has been featured on CBC Radio's national comedy program, "Madly Off in All Directions."


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