A Review of C.C. Trubiak’s Tiny Army
It’s half past eleven and I am sitting in my living room listening to C.C. Trubiak’s soon to be released album called Tiny Army: The D. Holmes Sessions for the third or fourth time today.
It is truly a remarkable album. I am not a music expert by any means so I cannot adequately describe the feeling that arises when you are listening to each and every song. Each has struck a chord with me. See what I did there? Chord.
I had the honour of meeting C.C. this past summer at my aunt and uncle’s anniversary celebration. I had been wanting to meet him for some time now as I started to follow him on Twitter and Facebook months earlier. (Side note – My cousin is married to C.C.’s brother.) The minute I met C.C. I knew I was in the presence of someone very special. He immediately made me feel at ease and he radiated with positivity.
For the longest time I had heard about C.C.’s amazing musical talent but had never had the pleasure of seeing him perform. During our community’s annual summer festival I finally got to see what everyone was raving about. When C.C. is on stage you can tell that he is in his element and truly enjoys what he does. He had a smile on his face and sang with a sweet and beautiful voice. This is exactly what you hear come through on his new album Tiny Army: The D. Holmes Sessions.
If anyone could make me love folk music it would be C.C. Trubiak. Growing up I listened to a lot of country music because of my mother and grandfather’s love for it. Folk music is somewhat similar to country I am finding. Each song tells a fascinating story and listeners, like myself, can feel the emotion behind the lyrics deep inside their hearts.
C.C. grew up in the small mining town of Flin Flon, Manitoba. Flin Flon is quite isolated being located approximately 800 km north of Winnipeg. Growing up in the small community was difficult for C.C. He did not feel welcome or accepted because of his homosexuality. He left the community for a number of years. He found that the arts and specifically music helped him through the tough times. He learned to play the guitar on his own. He honed his craft. His passion for music and creativity shines through everything he does. C.C. returned to Flin Flon after completing his degree in Social Work. He’s been welcomed back home with open arms and has found others who share in his love for music.
C.C. did not make the album all on his own. He enlisted a tiny army to help get his creation off the ground. It was truly a labour of love as it took approximately two years to complete. Further, I have been watching C.C.’s tiny army of fans grow daily on his Facebook page. It is great to see the love and support C.C. has near and far.
The album is wonderful. I already have a few favourite songs that I personally connected with. Those songs being “Open Up My Heart (You’ll See a Tiny Army),” “Blue,” “Meant for Me,” and “Illusions.”
Please drop by my blog tomorrow to read my interview with C.C. Trubiak about his life and his passion for music.
C.C. Trubiak’s second album Tiny Army: The D. Holmes Sessions is being released December 17, 2013. You can purchase his album on iTunes, CDBaby, cctrubiak.com as well as in select stores in Flin Flon such as Northern Rainbows End, The Orange Toad, and the NorVA Centre.
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Tiny Army: The D. Holmes Sessions for review purposes. The opinions expressed in the above review are my own and completely honest.