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    First Listen: Mike Downes - Ripple Effect

    Every Friday, Brad Barker goes through the pile of CD’s on his desk and his hard drive to find a brand new song to play for you. It’s called your “First Listen”

    Last nite in Toronto, bassist, composer and educator Mike Downes released his brand new album Ripple Effect.  This is Mike’s fourth album and he has enlisted a group of long time friends and collaborators to express these tunes in Robi Botos , Ted Quinlan and drummer Ethan Ardelli.

    A quote from the album describes its inspiration….. Downes writes, “everything we do creates a ripple effect. This recording is dedicated to those whose words and actions make the world a better place”

    Kindness begins with all of us and spreads from that moment on.

    With the track we’ve chosen as a First Listen, try to imagine an autumn walk. In this particular circumstance, Bell Park in Sudbury Ontario. As Mike says, “the sun, the rocks and the waterwere absolutely beautiful that day”

    Mike Downes, the new album is called Ripple Effect, the song we’ve chosen as a First Listen is Bell Park.

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