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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
 
Writer, Filmmaker, Musician. Samantha has Produced over 60 short films and Written and Directed 20. She is the co-creator of 52 Films/52 Weeks and The Cinema Tribe Collective. She has written over 400 LA Theatre reviews and is partners in Xpress Records a Music Publishing Company in the UK.  This year she will be directing her first feature film which she also wrote, developing several others and is writing a children’s book. 
 
 
Friday, 18 January 2019 06:00

Norine Braun “Through Train Windows”

Norine Braun is one of those very special kinds of musician that make their own very special path to your door.  She is a Canadian singer songwriter with a long history of awards and accolades in Canada and beyond.  This particular album was born of a train journey across Canada, 6,000 kilometers of changing landscape, temperatures and fellow travelers, all an inspiration of music and story and intellect. You can actually hear the rhythm of the train as it slows and quickens along the tracks in all these wildly disparate songs.

As I listen I hear KD Lang, Amee Mann, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell, the Indigo Girls…and even as the echoes of all these artists reverberate through Norine’s beautiful songs, they don’t ever get in the way.

Just as her inspiration comes from them and many many more, as well as her beloved Canada and her own unique life, her songs seem just as formed by the spirit of the train.  Although the tone of the album is jazz/rock, each song is touched by something else, pop or jazz, rock or dance, folk and soul.  It’s as if she took each aspect of herself and mirrored it in song.  She even breaks into spoken word and the poetry and the urgency of her lyrics certainly gives her right to do that.

I was absolutely captivated by this album, more than enough to explore more of her music. She has at least six other albums.  This is a musician with a lot to say and a gorgeous, warm and epically harmonic voice with which to do it.

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The musicality and arrangements are also brilliant. She has the support of some truly excellent musicians and she truly loves to let them play. Loved it!!!

  

 

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Musicians

Braun and Brains Music

Producer: Adam Popowitz

Mixing and Mastering: Rear Window Song and Sound Studios

Vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Rhythm Guitar: Norine Braun

Lead Guitar/Bass: Adam Popowitz

Drums/Percussion: Elliot Polsky

Blues Harp: Huggybear Leonard

Keys and Harmony Vocals on Rue St. Jean and I'm Going Home: Alice Fraser

Tenor Sax: Steve Hilliam

Friday, 18 January 2019 05:56

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“Forever Brooklyn! A Kosher Musical Comedy” at Whitefire SOLOFEST 2019 starring Danny DiTorrice, written and directed by Mark W. Curran.

How is it possible that we can absolutely adore a film that our very best friend does not? 

Thursday, 10 January 2019 04:28

Anne Steele “Made Out of Stars”

Anne Steele has the kind of crystal clear vocals that turn can pop songs into poetry and make them memorable enough to mark highly significant and unforgettable moments in our lives forever. 

Monday, 07 January 2019 05:08

Film Review “Instant Family”

The film "Instant Family" is based on the real and heart-rending experiences of the director, Sean Anders. 

I’ve been pretty lucky to be born with a little genetic advantage…both parents, particularly my mother, were ageless and they have definitely passed this on to myself and my two sisters.

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