From the Ukrainian invasion to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Ivan Daines has captured this tumultuous year through three new musical releases.
The Red Deer-based cowboy singer said he pays attention to global events, and many have inspired him to write songs.
Last year’s tunes were on the lighter side — including one about actor William Shatner’s time on the Blue Origin spacecraft.
But a more ominous tone was set in February of this year by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which sent shockwaves throughout the Western world.
Daines responded with a protest song called, To Ukraine and Mr. World, on his Legends Reborn CD.
“It blows my mind what he’s doing in this day and age,” said Daines about Russian president Vladimir Putin. After decades of general peace in Europe and detente with the U.S., Putin is now bombarding Ukrainian cities and making threats of nuclear war.
Like millions of others, Daines is saddened by this destruction and the needless deaths and migrations that have resulted. In his song, he asks for some higher power to intervene and restore harmony.
“We need to work together to get along in the world,” said the singer/songwriter and former champion rodeo bronc rider.
The same CD, also includes a song about one of Daines’s heroes, Queen Elizabeth II.
Written and recorded just after her death in September, the tune has a God Save the Queen intro and a recounting of the queen’s life — from her young days as Second World World War mechanic, to her 1952 coronation and ensuing devotion to duty. A brush with the former monarch at the Calgary Stampede is also recalled, ending with the lyrics: “We salute one of the truly great human beings of all time…”
Since Daines wanted to capture all of the big events of 2022, another CD, To Dear Rodeo, Honor and Answer, contains his recording about the Pope’s recent visit to Canada.
Although the pontiff’s apology to Indigenous people for past abuses left some feeling his statements didn’t go far enough, Daines said “I didn’t want to criticize anybody… I thought he did a good job, and it was an honour to have him in Canada.”
Daines is thrilled with the public’s response to these songs and is glad to hear some of this new music played on a country radio station in Olds.
His music is available on Spotify and most streaming services. For more information about CDs, please email ivandaines95 @gmail.com.