There are two kinds of nature: the world around us and the world inside us. After musically addressing our global climate crisis with his most recent single, “Mother Nature,” Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Kalmakoff is turning his attention inward to aspects of human nature with his achingly beautiful interpretation of Jim Cuddy’s “You Be The Leaver”.
Ron Kalmakoff highlights heartbreak and human nature with song, “You Be The Leaver”. Jim Cuddy is one of the five celebrated Canadian songwriters that Ron chose to pay tribute to on his newest album, Nature, which was released last November. “You Be The Leaver” is a story of two lovers who drifted apart but, to Ron, it has opened up some deep self-reflection.
With lyrics like 'You're not the only one/In this place, in this space/It's not your universe,' the message of "Mother Nature" is not one of the dawning of a bright new future - but rather an admonishment to those who don't care, as well as a kind of prayer to Mother Earth for help, and possibly forgiveness.
The singer/songwriter told Yorkton This Week ‘Mother Nature’ is a bit different compared to most of his music.
“This song was definitely unique from my usual writing style,” he said. “When I started creating the song, I looked at the meaning of Mother Nature and the power and strength behind those words. I knew that the lyrics could move in many different directions.
“As I continued to write, over time, I started thinking about the strain the planet is under.
With lyrics like ‘You’re not the only one/In this place, in this space/It’s not your universe,’ the message of “Mother Nature” is not one of the dawning of a bright new future — but rather an admonishment to those who don’t care, as well as a kind of prayer to Mother Earth for help, and possibly forgiveness.
Landing ahead of his forthcoming album, Nature the song features soaring instrumentation and a bold tapestry of male and female vocal harmonies, complete with the sound of late-‘60s light-rock ballads and conjuring a slowed-down 5th Dimension’s “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In.”
Though the theme of nature and the planet is lush in this song, the new album Nature is a collage of Kalmakoff’s life experiences, from his childhood in Saskatchewan to now, living on the West Coast of Canada. It’s about the people he has known along the way, the artists he’s admired, and the beauty of Canada — all woven through the songs and the music.
While the theme of nature dominates the track, the album Nature is a collage of Kalmakoff’s life experiences, from his childhood in Saskatchewan to his current life on the West Coast. It’s about the people he has known, the beauty of Canada and the artists he has admired. On the latter point, the set includes tracks by Canadian singer-songwriters Leonard Cohen, Loreena McKennitt, Jim Cuddy, Jimmy Rankin and Michelle Creber. “These are a few of the many Canadian artists I have admired for not only their voices, but their writing styles as well,” Kalmakoff shares. “It was so hard to choose whose work to cover, but I wanted to pick songs where I felt I could add a different artistic layer to, as if to paint the words my own way.”