Egan’s Diamonds polished for evening sparkle
Pearls of personal wisdom are shined by valley songwriter Mary Egan on her fresh CD Some Days Are Diamonds.
"It's pretty autobiographical," she said, preparing for Wednesday's album-release party at the Craig Street Brew Pub.
Guests include three of her music students plus an acoustic set by Dead Eyes Open.
Egan will be backed by drummer Tanya Gillespie, bassist Martyn Jones, and guitarists David K. and Ray Harvey.
"I've written all the songs but one which is the title track," she said of her CD.
Diamonds was adapted and updated by Dick Feller, from an old John Denver song, explained Egan.
"Some days are diamonds, and some days are stone — you don't know how things will work out."
But the former Bijou Du Bayou-band torch shares some thoughts about her daily grind on her 10-tune platter recorded at North Cowichan's Woodshop studio during the past year.
"It's been a rough few years. I just picked up a guitar one day and started writing them," said the Duncan home-girl who continues volunteer work with Cowichan Idol and Honeymoon Bay Days.
Of Egan's nine Diamond numbers "people will find (relate) their owns stories behind them."
"Some are feel-good songs. One of them, called The Feeling, comes from when my dad (Gerry) wrote a poem for me before he died.
"It's all about nature and the feeling you get from being outside, and just being alive."
Another tune, Only If You Need Me — backed on the CD by pianist Thomas Kinzel — emerged from Egan's experiences raising her two kids.
"I'm incredibly happy with the CD. it's the first one that represents me," said Egan, 37, citing her reggae song Sleep in.
CD session players also include bassists Ian Bartlett and Carson Ogden, singer Jones, Woodshop owner Zak Cohen on mandolin, Moritz Behm on violin, and J.J. Charlebois on guitar.
Egan, who teaches voice at Duncan Music, was classically trained and has fine-tuned her voice into the countrified folk-rock styles she enjoys.
She's also mentoring young musicians. "Where I play, youths also play and showcase their own stuff."
Her stuff is created on the guitar.
"I write the melody, and let the words come to me. If I over-think it, it just turns into junk.
"A song is just how I'm feeling or what's happening around me," she said remembering Diamond tune Sing Like A Bird "when I'd practise singing my room when I didn't usually say a word."
Egan still lets her tunes do the talking.
"I'm not looking to become a superstar, but if I can help young people in any way, I will."
What: Release of Mary Egan's CD Some Days Are Diamonds
When: June 20, 8 p.m.
Where: Craig Street Brew Pub, downtown Duncan
Tickets: No cover.