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I went into a church one Sunday morning a few years back with my family. I was feeling a bit battered and bruised by the trials of life. People were welcoming.

The band started to play... as in a rock concert. Badly. The songs were 'not fit for purpose' they were performance songs for a band and not for a congregation to sing. It was all about the band.

So the cacophony of this band playing was too much for me; I'm too old, too versed in how to write a song and perhaps too curmudgeon to sit still, smile, and put up with it. Draw me in, help me rest and be put back together and then lift me up. Don't shout at me from the off!

So I left. Went to the beautiful park nearby, sat on a bench and this song 'Gentle Love Songs' said hello.

The Production of 'Gentle Love Songs' was an experiment for me and an adventure here in Kelowna, Canada. To step with a Producer/Engineer into creating a Jazz piece for the first time something new.

Bob Gabelhouse coached, guided me and introduced me to some superb musicians. Each of these helping bring this song to life with their own colour.

Bernie on bass adding a note early on, because he can. Brilliant. Deep tones, great rhythm and lovely solo. Scotty using the brushes to capture the feel and working with Bernie to develop the vibe I found I could 'gently dance' to was a joy. Lonnie, almost frustrated, 'the clock's ticking,' as I sought something... That something came from his gorgeous guitar and starts and ends our time as well as percolating throughout. Last but not least Neville on piano who managed to work with me to get a gentle flavour of Gymnopedie in there. A fabulous moment, bringing to mind times I skated to that music in a former life.

So gentleman thank you. I envisaged something with depth and interest, with intricacy of movement and yet, as Neville reminded me at one point, still paying heed to the integrity of the song.

I think we all need 'Gentle Love Songs' sometimes. I hope you like our work in bringing one for you.

Love N


Words and Music: ©2016 Nicky Slater (Nicholas Mark Slater)

V1: Sunday church band shouts believe
I try to smile but I had to leave
Now my heart on this park bench seat is
Searching for some peace

CH: Gentle love songs ease my soul
Gentle love songs help lift this load
Gentle love songs have me breathe
Gentle love songs rekindle me

V2`; Children play dogs walk by
Sparkling dew azure sky
The son warm reaches my mind as
Nature plays her symphony and
Once again I find


BR: Maybe it was meant to be that I walked away
To be reminded of the wonders of this glorious autumn day
A Steinway's playing softly Gymnopedie to Van Gogh
Shalom shalom shalom to this footnote curio


CODA: Gentle love songs restore what's stole
Gentle love songs help lift this Job
And as gentle love songs minstrel to me
Gentle love songs help set me free

© 2016 Nicky Slater (Nicholas Mark Slater)


released December 20, 2016

Nicky Slater: vocals, acoustic guitar. Neville Bowman - piano, strings, Bernie Eddington: bass, Scotty Gamble: drums, Lonnie Moger: lead acoustic guitar. Engineered, Recorded, mixed & mastered by Bob Gabelhouse @ BIG Audio Productions



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NICKY SLATER Kelowna, British Columbia


I have always been an Entertainer from my earliest days on ice.

Now I'm stepping up to add Singer-Songwriter to that Entertainer background whilst making Short Films and inventing new personas too.

My personas can speak of life from a different perspective and musical genre - great fun.

So thank you for joining me. It's great to have your support.

Anything is possible.


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