Have you ever heard a musician and the next day you are still replaying their music in your head? The power of music certainly evokes intense emotions and stirs the soul. How beautifully haunting the sounds of Norman Liota; when he played one of his original composed songs last evening. It was an intimate evening at the cozy, Café Creperie, downtown Elora.
Norman shared with us some of his fond memories of his travels in Mount Rushmore, the Badlands and Deadwood in South Dakota, the song he played called “Through the Hidden Door”, was one of my favorites of the night. He described to us, his inspiration of the song, came from an interesting day he had spent in the company of a 74-year-old good friend, who shared with him the sacred legends. Chills were sent thru my body as he sang the song, accompanied with a combination of unique musical bells and chimes.
I was mesmerized, as I think most of the room was as I looked around. I felt like I had been transported to the Village in South Dakota with him that night to hear the legends, played for only a select few. Oh the power of music certainly evokes emotions and stirs the soul.
I had the privilege of being invited by a very good friend of Norman’s to watch his performance at the Café Creperie, on Mill Street in Elora. Norman truly lives close to the earth and his passion shines in his musical performance.
My girlfriend invited me several weeks ago and told me we had a reservation for 7pm. I had heard Norman many years before and hardly recognized him as he had much longer hair at the time. This was one of his trademark looks that I fondly remembered of this gentle soul when I had met him last. Here is a YouTube video of him with the long locks singing Blackbird. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9kYALiqDQA
The lovely waitress who was helping out for this special event, asked what we had wanted to eat. I had already ate, not realizing that my Girlfriend and I had a dinner date. I just thought we had a cocktails type of evening with Norman. The cafe smelled of savoury and sweet yummy entrees. If you get the chance you must check out their famous Crepes, at Café Creperie. A wonderful little café on Mill Street, with a view of the Grand River in the heart of Elora.
One of the owners, Kathy performed with Norman for the last encore performance last night. They host many wonderful community artisan works and host many talented local musicians. The cover for the evening was only $5.00 and it was worth every penny, thanks neighbour for a wonderful night out. Check out their performance together with the link to the Wandering Wellington FB link. https://www.facebook.com/wanderingwellingtoncounty/videos/vb.937543713088127/1014082708767560/?type=2&theater¬if_t=page_post_reaction¬if_id=1519577532274830
I purchased a gift certificate for this lovely little café at the end of the evening, as I plan to take my daughter Meaghan there for a little Parisian Crepe luncheon or dinner experience. Perhaps I will take her there for a dinner date to hear one of the next performers on a Saturday night. She had wanted to come with my last night, as she has been there with her French Class before, for a French experience in our little Village. Just one of the reasons I love living in this community is the local community is so supportive of one another and has so much to offer.
If you are looking for a professional Classical Guitarist, composer and vocalist, here is the link, http://www.normanliota.com. He is simply a wonderful soul-stirring musician who is available for local weddings, concerts and special events. Echo Magazine describes Norman Liota as, ” a real virtuoso”.
Talk soon ~