News -At the Gaia Java Coffee Company shop's Friday music evening last Friday, you heard songs associated with such singers as Bruce Springsteen and Daniel Lanois as well as songs written by performer Larry Pegg himself but the showstopper was the song "We Love Hockey" which Larry has entered in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Song Quest contest now underway.
Larry is hoping that the song will receive support in the voting in the Song Quest voting and will make the top 50 to qualify for the second round of voting and possible selection as Canada's next great hockey song. If the song does go far, he is turning over all of the funds generated to the Do It For Daron campaign as he is a tireless advocate for mental health initiatives.
Indeed, 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of his recent CD "Before and Afterlife: The Theory of Positivity" are being directed to suicide prevention groups across the country. Sales will be tracked geographically with the donations made to appropriate local groups.
The night before appearing at the Gaia Java shop in Stittsville last Friday, Larry was one of the performers at a multi-artist VOICES Benefit Concert at the National Arts Centre's 4th Stage for the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health.
In keeping with Larry's support for Do It For Daron and mental health initiatives, all tips received last Friday in the tip box at the Gaia Java coffee shop are being given to Do It For Daron.
Larry lost his daughter, who was an avid hockey fan, six years ago. The songs on his new CD., all written by him, were partly written before his daughter died and partly after her death. His CD and his music are his own personal attempt to remain positive after his daughter's death. Hence the CD's title: "Before and Afterlife: The Theory of Positivity."
The CD includes 12 songs including "Afterlife" and "Last of the Hot Summer Days," both of which he sang at his performance last Friday at the Gaia Java coffee shop.
This performance at the Gaia Java coffee shop was Larry's first-ever performance at a coffee shop.
Larry sang the Bruce Springsteen song "Blood Brothers" during his performance, noting that Bruce Springsteen in his songs really speaks to people, especially when they are hurting.
He turned to Daniel Lanois' 1993 album "For the Beauty of Wynona" for one of his songs. Daniel Lanois is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer who was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2005 and who received a lifetime achievement award at the Governor General's Performing Arts Award ceremony this year.
Another interesting song presented by Larry during his Gaia Java appearance last
Friday was his leadoff song in the second half of his performance, "Ogdensburg." He said that this is the only song ever written about Ogdensburg which is just across the border in New York State. He finished up his performance with his song "Please Wait" which is a plea for making the world a healthier, safer place for everyone by remedying mental health issues in society.
s the border in New York State. He finished up his performance with his song "Please Wait" which is a plea for making the world a healthier, safer place for everyone by remedying mental health issues in society.