In his comedy Twelfth Night, Shakespeare famously wrote, "If music be the food of love, play on." It's an astute observation, considering how connected both love and music can be. The relationship between the two resulted in Language Arts bandleader Kristen Cudmore penning a seven-minute opus for her dog Sprout, which could appear on the group's forthcoming LP.
During the Toronto Public Library's Make Some Noise series, Exclaim! TV was able to capture Cudmore and co.'s performance of the aptly named "A Song For Sprout" amongst the bookcases of the city's Parkdale Library.
Finger-picking the song's intricate opening melody, Cudmore's soft vocals glide over top of Joel Visentin's atmospheric keyboards and Søren Nissen's steady bass line. A brief key change highlighted by Cudmore's guitar and a pizzicato cello (performed by Stefan Banjevic, formerly of the Wilderness of Manitoba) gives way to the introduction of gentle drums and warm vocal harmonies. A crescendo in the bridge section sets the piece for a dramatic finish, complete with some distorted six-string work and veritable keyboard wizardry.
Watch the band's performance in the player below.
Filmed and edited by Katherine Kwan
Audio by Nash Bussieres
Filmed at Parkdale Library in Toronto, Ontario as part of Toronto Public Library's Make Some Noise series.
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