Canby native releases song
A Canby native released a song in April that many locals may remember.
Musician and vocalist Brian Smith, known professionally as Bee Appleseed, recorded the song "Home is Neither," written by another Canby native, Luke Bogue.
On April 16, Smith released it online at beeappleseed.bandcamp.com/track/home-is-neither-luke-bogue-cover and on all other digital platforms such as Spotify and iTunes.
Smith sang and played all the instruments for the cover, which include acoustic and electric guitars, midi harmonica and the omnichord. Smith's good friend Andrew Endres, of AEIOU Studios in Milwaukie, mixed and mastered the song for Smith's upcoming covers album "Various Praises Vol. 1."
Smith's connection to the song came when he was still in high school. Smith met Bogue at New Life Foursquare Church, and the two attended a youth conference together in Los Angeles. As they set out for the conference from Portland by train, Smith asked Bogue to play the song for him.
"His song 'Home is Neither' quickly became my favorite of any I'd heard from Canby or by someone I personally knew," Smith said, adding, "It's pretty surreal how true this song has become in my life and how monumental the impact of that moment sitting on the train with Luke passing through Canby."
Bogue said his inspiration behind the song was simple.
"I was cutting my teeth on my adulthood in Los Angeles," Bogue said. "The handoff from youth to adulthood can feel chaotic, and I needed to work out the parts of it that weren't. Those feelings felt specific, but seemed universal, and I was trying to express both.
"It's really moving that the song means something to Bee," Bogue said. "He's the most prolific songwriter I've ever met, and the best-traveled. For him to find something familiar there, and still welcome, is really validating."
Smith has recorded upward of 20 albums, written a book of poetry and performed about 700 primarily self-organized concerts in more than 40 countries around the world.
Now, Smith spends most of his time running a sound healing business in Los Angeles, which is soon to be a nonprofit called Godyssey Healing Arts. He lives in Silver Lake, California, with his longtime girlfriend.
But Smith said he takes his hometown of Canby with him wherever he goes, and he is excited to share this song with all his old friends and family.
"Sending love to everyone there, and I'm looking forward to visiting friends and family in Canby this summer," Smith said.
In addition to the "Home is Neither" cover, Smith also released an album April 20, called "Rock and Roll Propaganda!" It is a collaboration between Smith and best friend Daniel McIntire, also from Canby, under the band name "Dirty Whips." The two recorded the album in the village of Lindesberg, Sweden, back in 2014 on the record label Moon Bus Music and finished it amid the pandemic.
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