The Cedar Thieves

Music by Jason Dickinson

An acoustic Rock band from the greater Toronto area in Ontario, Canada. Fronted by Jason Dickinson.

Music is a part of us.

I have had the great pleasure of working in a place that incorporates music into our days on a regular basis. We gather together as a group, all 800 of us, and we sing. Not everyone sings. Many do, many don't. That's not why I love it. It is quite common for people to be really self-conscious about singing in front of people, especially when they are teenagers or older. What I love is the affirmation every time the music starts that music is part of being human. It lives inside us. It can move us to feelings of great joy or terrible sadness. We don't even need to know the language. We feel what the songwriter wanted us to feel.
My favourite part of the music each day is watching the littlest beings among us. The younger these little ones are, the more they are literally moved by the music. If the song is bopping, they squirm and wriggle, and you can see a wave ripple through their ranks. They cannot help it. They are compelled to let the music guide them, move them, make them feel.
We could all learn a lot from them.

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My First Record

I have always loved music. Even when I was little. I listened to record after record (Yes, this was before CD's) and absolutely pounded them into my head. When we moved from Montreal to Toronto in the late 70's, we had this Mickey Mouse record player like the one in the picture (I think it was red). I loved that the tone arm was Mickey's arm! We were very excited to listen to some music in our new house, and we plugged it in. Smoke immediately came out. Turns out the plug was wired for 220v for some reason, where 110v is normal in Canada. End of that turntable. So we used out old one. A generic, beat up plastic thing, but it made the music come forth, so I didn't care.

I also remember my first record. I think I was 5 years old. We were at a record store, and my parents said each of us (my 2 brothers and myself) could have any record we wanted. I proudly came up to my parents bearing the album Love Gun by Kiss. The cover had them all decked out in their makeup, dragon boots, with lots of ladies on the ground before them. This is what I wanted. Not Raffi, not Sharon, Lois, and Bram. I love that record. I still have it. It has been played thousands upon thousands of times. My favourite song was Then She Kissed Me. I love the guitar hook! I am listening to it right now, and it takes me back to my beloved basement. Kiss: Destroyer was not far behind. More on The Basement soon...

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Welcome to the new site

So. I have uploaded my music to the web and made it available to the world. It is pretty incredible. When I was growing up, making a 4-track recording on a cassette tape was amazing. And the unit cost $500. It also sounded terrible. Now, with a laptop and some software, we are able to create whatever we hear in our heads. As long as we know what we want. So why don't you click on over to the MUSIC section to hear what I made over the last little while. I plan on releasing 4 songs at a time fairly regularly. I have the technical knowledge and the equipment to do so, so why not?

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