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Looking forward, looking back
The cover of Lorne Warr’s new CD shows a picture of him as a young boy sitting on the stairs, laughing. Warr says he found the photo when he was looking through a family album after his parents passed away. He flipped it over and saw an inscription in his dad’s handwriting that said: “Lorne E. F. Warr - halfway up the stairs.”
When Warr was working on his CD, he searched for a theme. “I was looking for a name that would tie everything together,” Warr said. “When I thought about the cover, I imaged photos scattered on a table.”
Warr explained that the songs are very diverse and personal and he suddenly remembered that particular picture.
“I started thinking that at this point in my life, I’m halfway there. I can look down the stairs to where I come from and look up to where I’m going.”
And the songs on Halfway up the Stairs reflect Warr’s past as well as the future. “There are songs about my grandparents but there is also a song about my daughter Liliana. It’s about looking at the generation that came before me as well as the generation that comes after me,” he said. Warr wrote 15 songs and selected 10 for the album. He’s proud of all of them but mentions the personal titles when he is asked about his favourites: Liliana is a song about his daughter, Morning in Genevieve’s Garden about his partner. East Side West Side, a song about his grandfather, presents a further connection to the cover photo. “It’s funny to think that my father wrote ‘Lorne E. F. Warr’ on the back of the photo, rather than just Lorne but that’s very like him,” Lorne says. “I’m named after my two grandfathers: Edgar and Frank. I wrote a song about Edgar that is titled Nellie W - it’s about his scooter - that is on my previous CD. And on this CD is a song about Frank.”
East Side West Side starts with the lyrics: “A letter arrived on a hard day of July from his brother who lived in the States. It said: Frankie, close up your house in the cove and come down where the living is great…”
Warr sings about his grandfather going to work high steel in New York. The family settled there until Frank had a fatal accident.
“He died on the job and then the family came back to Twillingate and resettled in Newfoundland,” Warr said. His family connections are evident in his songs as well as the lovingly designed CD cover that also includes a copy of his father’s inscription on the photo.
“It’s perfect that we found that photograph and the actual inscription,” he said. “It’s a nice tie in that [my father] named the album in a way.”
It took Warr three years to complete the CD, from writing the songs (all originals except one of the fiddle tunes) to producing the album. His daughter Liliana was born during that time and the song about her is the newest title on the CD. And Warr says he was able to draw a lot on the support of his family. “I have to thank Genevieve for being the manager and doing the publicity,” he said, adding that his partner also arranged a tour to Newfoundland and was instrumental in an Indiegogo campaign that funded part of the production and design cost.
“I’m also lucky to have Jennie Bice and Brendan Mooney who both sing on album - they are great musicians. And Jennie’s husband Joe Samorodin of Anwyn Studios recorded and mixed it,” Warr said.
The CD is available online at www.lornewarr.com as well as Cates Pharmacy. Warr has decided to combine his CD release concert with a fundraiser for Bowen’s Coast Animal Welfare and Education Society (CAWES) titled Be’CAWES’ We Care. It will be held on Saturday, September 21, at the Legion. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
The evening includes performances by Lorne Warr and the Streels and Deer in the Headlights, a silent auction, draws and refreshments. It will raise awareness and funds for CAWES.