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January 2015




Some time in April 2014...

Check out this music video I made for my song "Spectre".... !

November 16th, 2013

HOLY MOLY! THIS IS SO COOL!!!
Remember how I recorded a nifty 6" record in the Third Man Records novelty record booth?

Well, today I was honoured and amazed to find my song "What Became of You" is now featured on their website!!!

CHECK IT OUT!

CLICK THE PICTURE TO GO TO TMR.COM
(and then scroll down)

November 15th, 2013

UPDATES!!
I finally made some long-overdue changes to the site. Hooray!
Now you'll find a page featuring links to my radio show "Catch 23" on CKCU 93.1FM in Ottawa, as well as show playlists and more.
Enjoy!

 

September 27th, 2013

No News is Good News?   I, once again, have severely neglected this website. Stay tuned for a MAJOR gutting and re-purposing of this waste of Internet space.....

September 12th, 2013

After 3 years(!), I've cut off all my hair and will donate it (to whoever wants it) in the near future.
Here's a video all about it:



November 15th, 2012


My (musical) radio debut! The show is called Ottawa Live Music with host Charles Anthony. Tune-in!

August 25th - Sept 4th, 2012

CROSSING NORTH AMERICA!


I flew out to Victoria and spent about 10 days with Sasha's family before we both got into her 1997 (manual trans.) Acura and drove home!

THE ROUTE:
A) Salt Spring Island, BC
B) E.C. Manning Provincial Park, BC
C) Creston, BC
D) Lethbridge, AB
E) Moose Jaw, SK
F) Jamestown, ND
G) Duluth, MN
H) Sault Ste. Marie, MI
I) Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, ON
J) North Gower, ON

Sooooo awesome. We camped mostly, and the places we slept were between $10 (!) and $60 ~ affordable luxury!
If you can, DO THIS!!!


April 10th, 2012
Just started recording a project with Ottawa's own "And What Army?" !!
Keep an eye out for details to come!


Johnny layin' down the bass tracks, Ryan, Kevin and me.. listen.


March 29th, 2012

I'm on the radio!


As of tonight, I'll be co-hosting a radio show on Ottawa's mighty CKCU 93.1fm (online at CKCUfm.com) with Neal Johnstone!

The show is called "Tread Lightly" and it airs live every second Thursday at 11pm
Our friend, and 'real host' - Lisa Corkery, has headed out West to BC for a while, leaving the show in our capable hands until her return.

We'll be playing a lot of 45rpm records, LPs and a few CD tracks that span everything from local rawk to vibrophonic jazz. It's eclectic!
The 'in between' weeks* are hosted by the wonderful Jeff Main, who plays mainly electro/synth-pop, and the like.

*Remember: The Neal and Lloyd show is on EVERY OTHER Thursday!

Tune-in for some Radio magic!!!

March 1st, 2012
Lloyd Smiley production update: Paco Dvoi's new album "Shades of Dystopia" is complete!  Listen/buy it HERE!!
Head on over to Raw Sugar café on May 19th for the release show! Opening for Paco: Lloyd Smiley and (TBA)!


February 8th, 2012
I just found an old notebook from when I was 12 years old, containing an incredibly detailed account of my first trip to Kenya (via London, England)! I'll try to transcribe it (or maybe just scan it - there are pictures!) sometime soon...



January 14th, 2012
Linked my website to Facebook!  Go to FB and 'like' the page "Lloyd Smiley (music/producer)" today!!

October 20th, 2011
Finally got a chance to tidy up the site. Got rid of some fairly useless pages and reorganized the existing ones. If you miss anything, let me know in the Guestbook! (located on 'contact' page)

October 17th, 2011
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You're lookin' at a COLLEGE GRADUATE!


Hi Folks!
I just returned from accepting my Digital Music Production Certificate from Algonquin College!
Let's hope this qualification will serve me better than my B.A. in History/Philosophy (2005)....

December 18th, 2011
Gettin' ready to record some more stuff... maybe you'll hear it on my music page soon!

September 9th, 2010

Making the Connection:
The Lord of the Rings & Cancer.

 

Hi there,

Sorry to not have updated this page in a while - I've spent the majority of this year helping my father battle the cancer that, very sadly, took his life two Wednesdays ago. Since I was planning on saying a few words at the funeral, I let my mind wander and came across this article at the
Journal of Clinical Oncology, entitled "Multidisciplinary Care in Cancer: The Fellowship of the Ring"...

I remember quite recently trying to coax my father to do something that his ever-weakening condition was giving him trouble with, and I likened him to Frodo in the final chapters of LOTR: Return of the King, struggling up the steep cliff - but not giving up hope. As I said this, I realized at that moment - alone with him in the room he called home since February - that perhaps I fit the role of Sam. I liked the thought of that.

My father liked to discuss things. He would work things out until they either stopped making sense or a conclusion was reached. At the time of our LOTR conversation, I remember briefly making the comparison between the ring that Frodo had to bear, and my father's cancer. I was trying to allude to the heroic journey Frodo had made, now nearing its end, and that kind of stuff... trying to be motivational.

After he passed away, I was compiling a CD of music that he liked which was going to be played before the funeral and during the reception, when I came across the soundtrack for the Return of the King movie. There was a song called "
The Grey Havens" that somehow stuck in my mind as being both fitting and meaningful. When I was reviewing the CD, Sasha warned me that the song sounded a bit too 'soundtracky' perhaps... It was only then that I recalled the discussion I had had with my father about the LOTR/cancer similarities. I wondered if someone else had put this to paper, and discovered the afformentioned Journal of Clinical Oncology article.

Upon reading it, I realized how much further we could have gone with our comparison. Frodo indeed represents the person carrying a very personal and heavy burden up a slippery and ever-dangerous slope. If you're familiar with the prequel to the LOTR books, "The Hobbit," you will realize that the creature "Gollum" also endured this task. The difference was that, unlike Gollum - who had walked alone with the burden of the ring, Frodo had an indespensible fellowship without whom he would never have completed his journey nor lived to visit the 'Grey Havens.'

And it's true. A fellowship matters. We do not go through these things alone.

Anyway, it is a very interesting article and I hope you read it. Pass along the 
link to anyone who is a LOTR fan, they undoubtedly will know someone dealing with cancer. It will probably make sense to them too.

I know my father would have loved to have me read it to him. He would have said "Hmm..Interesting..." and I guess this is my overall point: that I wish I could have shared all this with my Dad. I miss him very much.

A hero never goes it alone.    My Dad was a hero.    He is still my hero.

John B. Smiley: 1940-2010

Photo: Me and my dad, circa 1982. 

November 20th, 2009


Hooray!
Just completed my Smart Serve course!
Who wants a (responsible) drink???

November 8th, 2008
Sorry for the lack of updates on the website this past year (!). I've been channelling my inner hermit up in Québec and as I type, I'm sitting here in the jungles of Costa Rica...!

Since I've been in Costa Rica, I've seen
- Toucans
- Sloths
- Blue Morphos Butterflies
- Coati[s]
- Iguanas and lizards
- a tarantula hanging over my pillow (!),

and, worst of all, I nearly stepped on this Fer-de-Lance snake [pictured] -click the link if you dare!
- often known as Costa Rica's most feared poisonous snake!

I've also been a "Cowboy for a Day," galloping around on the beach at Hacienda Baru and herding cattle (I'll post the YouTube links)

and, for the past 24hrs, I've been a "Surfer Dude"
... my board rental ends @ 2:30
... when I'll just go back to being a 'regular dude.'


September 21, 2008

Sad news... my grandfather, August (Gus) Chalin, passed away today.
He was 93 years old. It is a very sad day. He was a truly great man.

Grace, Gus, Me. (ca.1984)


February 12th, 2008
Hooray for Obama!
February 10th, 2008

~ Mighty Eagle Band review posted on Music page.
Sorry, I had to bail on the Jesus Mullet. Is that considered sacrilege? ...Probably.


Feb. 9. 08
JESUS MULLET CD RELEASE SHOW
Jesus Mullet is My Homie
with the MIGHTY EAGLE BAND!!!
andGARAGA!!!

I was there with bells on... bells of rock.
If you couldn't be there, I took photos and put them here.
For Band Links, go to the Links page....
FINALLY! A USE FOR THIS WEBSITE!





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Lloyd SmileyI've updated my playlist at ReverbNation and it can be heard on my MUSIC page.

I hope you enjoy.

~LloydSmiley.com


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