Monday, April 16 was a delight when in the company of the Good Lovelies, a trio of friendly JUNO-award winning ladies from Canada as they shared their music and enthusiasm with Salt Lake Community College students.
The concert was the culminating event of a day of songwriting via their afternoon showcase, as the loose energy was an extension of what had been crafted through an already creative day.
“There’s something about getting people in the room that are really energized by what they do…you can really feel it,” said group member Caroline Brooks about the showcase earlier in the day.
Apparently the crowd that night was feeling it as well, as it joined in for chorus sing-alongs and clapping. “Nothing will sink our smiles,” a line from their song “Made For Rain,” epitomized the performance and the evening.
The Good Lovelies have an enthusiastic folk-style sound reminiscent of Jewel early in her career mixed with the trio-performer setup of Wilson Phillips with a dash of Fleetwood Mac thrown into the mix. Still, the overall feel was singular to them alone. You could say that they had an almost “skip and twirl” rhythm to their music, existing in the roll of lyrics and the harmony of three sweet voices blended together.
It’s was hard not to like lines such as, “Bicycles are made for rain, one hand on the handlebars, one on my umbrella,” from “Made For Rain,” or “Kiss me in the kitchen and take me to bed, there’s lots to do but I would have you instead,” from “Kiss Me In the Kitchen.”
There was also a clear call-out to the audience through alternating humor or poetry-lined snapshots of home to visit north of the United States border.
Sharing their stories and their style didn’t stop the Good Lovelies from breaking out into tunes from their childhood, a 1940’s sister act-style vocalization and a pleasant cover of Bruce Springsteen, not to mention sharing tales of their travels and the differences between the States and their hometown in Toronto, Canada.
To hear music by the Good Lovelies, or to learn more about them, visit www.goodlovelies.com.