Hawksley Workman wears many hats: singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and even cabaret performer. Those rhythmic roots are clearly visible in this My Playlist show. Workman has strong feelings about drummers and highlights tracks with two of his favourites: Neil Peart of Canada's power rock trio, Rush and the American jazz fusion drummer, Dave Weckl. How's that for range?
It may not surprise you to learn that Workman, known for quirky tunes like "Baby Mosquito" and "Jealous of your Cigarette," is a big Elton John fan. John certainly has a strong theatrical side and Workman understands the importance of stage presence. If there's a theme to Workman's show, it would come under the umbrella of big musical moments in his life, inspired early on by his dad's varied taste in music. There are also tracks by American performance artist, Laurie Anderson, Canadian musician and experimental filmmaker, Spookey Ruben, as well as some vintage Bruce Cockburn.
A born storyteller, Workman relates one three-hour family trip from his hometown of Huntsville, ON to Toronto. The plan was to see the world's most famous rough collie, Lassie at the Canadian National Exhibition and then make the mandatory trip to Sam the Record Man to buy the latest LPs. The ones you couldn't get back home yet. The fact that both experiences seemed almost equally important to him was not lost on this fellow Lassie lover.
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Hawksley Workman shares his favourite music on My Playlist.