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(Posted 05/11/04)

A whole Lola rocking
going on

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Navan singer Lola Spriggs says her new CD 'Lifescrapes' should appeal to a very broad audience. Fred Sherwin/Photo


After a nearly a decade away from the music scene, Navanite Lola Spriggs is about to make her long awaited comeback in a big way.

The former member of Ottawa based bands Rough Edges and The Republic, has just released her new full length CD "Lifescrapes", a semi-autobiograpohical collection of original rock songs and powerful ballads.

Spriggs stopped performing in 1993 when other events in her life including the break up of her marriage and the death of her mother led to a change in priorities. She has since remarried and is the mother of a 14-year-old son.

Spriggs has drawn upon the ups and downs in her life to help provide material for the new CD.

“It’s all about events in my life, both good and bad, and how I’ve grown and learned through all the various experiences which is what life is all about,” says Spriggs who is thrilled with the result. “I’m completely excited about it. I’m really happy with how it’s turned out.”

All the songs on the CD were co-written with friend and former bandmate David Matthews who produced the album out of Sound Creation Studios with help from engineer Scott Walsh.

Spriggs and Matthews began their little project just over a year ago. Four of the songs were pre-released on an EP entitled "Expressed" last spring that made it all the way to #23 on CKCU’s Album Chart of the Week despite limited distribution.

After many, many hours toiling away in the studio, Spriggs took the master recording down to Toronto at the beginning of September to have 2,000 CDs made by an independent manufacturer.

Spriggs has mail copies of the CD to the top four record companies in Canada in the hope that one of them will agree to distribute and market it. She also plans to mail out CDs to over 1,400 radio stations in Canada, the U.S., Europe over the next two weeks.

Locally, music fans can purchase a copy of the CD at Record Runner, CD Warehouse, Legend Records, and Birdman Music. You can also buy it over the internet at www.hmv.com. If you want to check out the CD before buying it, you can listen to 30 second clips of each song at www.lolaspriggs.com beginning next week.

What you will hear is an eclectic mix of material aimed at a broad audience. The musical selections range from the brooding "I Love Alone" to the hundred mile an hour, full speed ahead "Draggin Fly" that should appeal to the younger set.

The signature song, which will also be the first single, is "Chrystal's Crystal Ball". The song has a Rolling Stones vibe to it that is highly contagious, requiring repeated listenings.

Other highlights include "Fast Lane" and "Eyes of a Lonely One" about a person having to deal with personal pain while trying to maintain a cool exterior. While recording the track, Spriggs imagined her father and the struggle he went through trying to stay strong on the outside while dealing with the painful loss of her mother

My own personal favourite is "Dream of Maya Park", a smoky, jazzy number that is best enjoyed with a glass of single malt scotch or a fine wine.

"Lifescrapes" has a little something to for everyone. It's diversity makes it impossible to pigeon hole into any one genre. Spriggs says it simply reflects the varied musical tastes of the average listener.

"Most people in the 25-55 age group already have a very diverse taste in music. They may listen to classic rock one minute, blues the next and something more contemporary the next. If you play the CD to 11 different people they would probably like 11 different songs," says Spriggs.

I don't know about that, but I do know that if your record collection includes the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Diane Krall, Alanis Morissette and Sheryl Crow, "Lifescrapes" would make the perfect addition.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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