...His album, Nature, is a tapestry that connects the music to his life in Canada. A good portion of the songs on the album were written by Ron, as well, he has also included songs written by a few of his favorite Canadian singer/songwriters.
One of Kalmakoff’s favourite moments while promoting his previous album came from returning to Saskatchewan for a variety of events. He was welcomed back to his hometown of Canora with open arms from family and friends in the community.
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.