*photoby Stephanie Atkinson
This week we are crushing on Cara Luft from The Small Glories.
Veteran singer/songwriter Cara Luft is one half of the dynamic new musical duo The Small Glories. Cara, bike riding earth mother, wholesome, ebullient and engaging, and burly JD Edwards who could pass for either a biker or long-haul trucker in scruffy beard, ball cap, t-shirt and jean jacket. At first glance few would peg them for a highly creative musical partnership, but as we all know appearances can be very deceiving. Both Cara and JD are gifted songwriters, with a dozen critically acclaimed albums between them. Over the years Cara earned herself a reputation as an amazing performer, a gifted banjo player and an open and honest songwriter. The Juno Award winner was paired up with her now counterpart at the venue The West End Cultural Centre’s 25th anniversary event in October 2012, to perform a song that neither had ever played before, “1000 Stars” by Greg MacPherson.
“We started rehearsing together,” recalls Cara, “and there was a moment when I realized this was what I’d been dreaming of and longing for for years; the way our voices fit together was incredible. I’m pretty sure I actually screamed ‘Holy s**t!’ from excitement.”
It wasn’t until a year later that the pair were able to create something new and real together. Life and work got in the way, but serendipitously (and thanks for some free recording studio time that Cara had been awarded), the two were able to get together and record, his music, her music, covers, and new music that they wrote together. The two found inspiration in each other’s voices, talents and the music they created, and it reignited their individual and collective passion for their craft. The result? Wondrous Traveler, an album about love, life and transitions.Listen, and feel the power of Small Glories:
A true romantic in the best sense of the word, isn’t she? Read on if you don’t believe me yet.
What’s the best date you’ve ever been on?
Best date I’ve ever been on was over in the Lake District in Cumbria, UK. My love interest at the time knew one of my favourite songs was “Witch of the Westmorland” by Archie Fisher (I was particularly fond of Stan Rogers’ version). The date was a complete surprise: he took me to see all the various locations that are mentioned in the song. It was glorious…
What’s your instant deal breaker?
Chain smoker. Can’t do it.
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
To be myself and not settle. Pretty straight forward. And I take this Rumi quote to heart: ‘Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.’
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done to get a love interest’s attention?
When I was 16 I photocopied my face onto a piece of paper. I thought it was hilarious. I asked my friend to pass it along to the guy I had a crush on. Needless to say he wasn’t the one for me, I don’t think he had a sense of humour 🙂
What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?
Well, there’s a fine line between strange and creepy. I once had a guy slip a note under my motel room door after a gig, telling me that he believed we had been together in our past lives, all due to our mutual love of Led Zeppelin. Ha! He asked me to meet him in the local city park to play banjo with him and talk about our future together. Weird. I never went to the park.
Check out Cara and the Small Glories crew on their next tour dates:
August 13-14 – Ear Falls, ON – Trout Forest Music Festival
August 19-21 – Owen Sound, ON – Summerfolk Music Festival