10th Annual Blues Song Vox Pop Winner
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Record Label: n/a
Home Base: Atikokan, Ontario, Canada
Genre: Blues Jazz
Categories Entered: Blues Song
Work Submitted: “That Man Drives Me Mad”
Artists Featured: Ronnie Hayward plays upright gut-stringed double bass (Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Nervous Fellas, Bughouse Five, Herald Nix) and David West (The Papa Duke Band – Ukraine) David plays a custom-made double-sided guitar with nylon strings on one side, and fretless steel on the other.
Influences: Musical influences are my pain and observations of the emotional condition more than any band or artist. But as far as artists go: Big Maybelle Smith, Ruth Brown, Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Billy Holiday
What’s the meaning of your name? The meaning of Sunday – I wanted to capture the feeling one has when one has a day off to rest, putter, contemplate, or pray (if they feel the need). So many community/family activities happen on a Sunday, which are great. Wilde – Reno Jack, my previous band mate, woke up one morning and said my last name should be Wilde. So I took it on.
Describe your nominated work: That Man of Mine Drives me mad: Every woman who has ever been in love, and has had the man drive them crazy, moans, sighs, and talks to their mother about it. I wanted to sum up the emotions that a woman would go through with loving someone that drove them crazy: anger, intensity, erotic, etc. I feel that many women can relate to the song, and as I’ve discovered, many men love the song too.
Why did you choose to submit this work to The 10th IMA’s? My mother just passed away, and she always wanted to meet Tom Waits, and I had read that he was one of the judges. She was a huge supporter of my music, and the last time I saw her, she got a chance to see the album artwork and the finished test copy of the album. The album was recorded two months before she died. I also read that the IMA looks at creativity and I felt that the song, was intense and creative.
Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording? A siren at the end of the tune, to build up the intensity of the crazy feeling.
Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned?: The most happy accident was when my mother brought us all homemade meatloaf still warm. And she was a jewelry fiend, and had this anklet on that jingled and kept walking around while we were trying to record. I had to tell her to stay still. She just smiled. And the damn meatloaf was great, after recording for 12 hours.
Did fans help you fund this project? The Ontario Arts Council awarded me with a recording grant to assist. But the fans, encourage me to keep going. So they funded it with support but not in a financial way.
Who’s sitting in your audience? Women around my age, as I think they can relate to the music that I write.
What makes your fans unique? What I have found so far, is that the fans can relate to the music, and appreciate the words in the songs, as much as the songs, and the delivery of them, which is important, but the words are equally important, and many fans comment on this, which I find awesome, and makes me feel like I’m reaching out to them and them to me. Its an important human connection thing, which is lacking these days, but vital for everyone artist and audience.
Are there any songs you wish you wrote? “Ain’t Nobodies Business”
What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans? John Prine, Black Eyed Peas
What is your dream show lineup? Davina and the Vagabonds, Eden Brent, Nina Simone. I am very much a sucker for a woman on stage with power, creativity, and passion as I know women share something else with the world that males cannot. The pain is different.
What are your guilty pleasures on the road? Smoking in the car, and bitching in the car. But I always tell whoever is in the car, what I bitch about in my car, stays in the car.
Any close calls or mishaps while on tour? I almost sent my bass player home on the plane and finished the tour without him. That was before I even played the piano, so it would have been a bad idea: me doing a cappella the whole time. Good thing I just talked about it, and didn’t actually do it.
Do you have any rituals before you go on stage? Water. Mac Lipstick. Water. Mac Lipstick. Smiles. Water. Slippery elm lozenge and more water.
Should music be free? hmmmm. Your kidding right? Well music that runs through our bodies and souls is already free. We are free to play to sing and to share it. As a musician…I always find it odd that sometimes a musician has to PAY to go and play somewhere. We live in a society where people pay for tv, electronics, and tones of useless crap, but people bitch about paying $5 for a live band. So I try to walk the talk and support live music, as that is one way that we root to our community. So I think it is vital to be rooted where we live. Paying for live entertainment is one way we can do this. The packaged kind of music: well, it costs to produce, promote and to distribute so no it should not be free. Unless the government decided to support it financially so that artists could earn a living while sharing their music for free.
How has digital affected your career? If it wasn’t for the internet, I would just be in the middle of the northern Ontario wilderness singing and moaning alone, the internet has allowed a larger audience.
Are digital singles vs. full albums the future of music? Even my teenagers want a whole album. I want to hear what the artist has to say, beyond just one song. I want to peek into what they are sharing with us.
Finish this sentence: The music industry is.. .a strange, crazy and brutal beast.