My new single and live video, ‘Where the Rivers Meet’, officially released on all platforms Friday, September 24th.
Watch the live video on my Youtube channel. I also went live on Facebook and Instagram for the premiere and to perform an acoustic version of the song. You can watch the livestream video here – https://fb.watch/8e76-DNXaV/.
Song written by Kele Fleming
Kele Fleming – Vocals, guitar
Aaron Trory – Vocals, bass
Tony Lee – Drums
Ron Yamauchi – Organ
Scott Fletcher – Mandolin
Recorded, engineered and mixed by Sheldon Zaharko of Zed Productions at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Canada.
Mastered by Andrew Spindor at Railtown Mastering.
Single cover by Matt Laforest of Laforest Creative
About the song
I wrote this song while spending some time in the Kootenays in BC in the summer of 2019. I was in one of my favourite places on Earth and surrounded by towering mountains, breathless forests, cool lakes and rushing rivers. The song captures my love of the natural world. And, it’s a love song and wanting so badly to get another chance, and to do right with the one you love.
I was hearing so much at the time about the devastating fires in Australia and California. Like this year, the fires were also raging in BC. It’s been an impactful and heartbreaking wildfire season in BC here this year and sadly it’s shaping up to be one of the worst on record. In ‘Rivers’, there is an expression of grief and loss and a lament for how we are impacted by the marginalization and destruction of nature. My love of the landscape, mountains, rivers, and forests are ever-present here in the melody and the lyrics. And, it’s a love song at heart…A call to action to make things right…wanting so badly to get another chance to make things right.
This song is one of the ones on my most recent album deal with this sense of grief and loss on in multiple ways/many layers. There’s the loss of the natural or the external world and the loss of the spiritual or internal human world. Our energy and spirits are impacted by the marginalization and destruction of nature. Everything is connected and we have experienced a loss of connection. The beauty we experience in the natural world is also reflected in us.
Some fun facts about the song –
- I’ve been wanting to write a song with the chord C#m in it; such a beautiful sounding chord. So, here it is!
- This is my Dad’s favourite song out of any I’ve written!
- The recorded version of this song is a duet with singer-songwriter (and bass player in my band!) Aaron Trory. When I wrote the song, I knew Aaron’s voice was perfect for the duet and that he would bring a wonderful combination of grit and vulnerability to it.
- Aaron always says that when we sing this song together, he’s reminded of Gram Parsons and Emmy-Lou Harris. Pretty esteemed company!
About the video
This live performance video of my band and I performing this song was captured in Nov 2020 and was part of my album release broadcast and watch party. W recorded every song off the new album at Pandora’s Box Rehearsal Studio, Vancouver, BC. With the amazing Sheldon Zaharko of Zed Productions doing the sound recording, mixing, and video capture.