Edel’s mellow music examines transitions in life

Young artist explores a future without his youth

  • Feb. 22, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Mike Edel performs at The Streaming Café in Kelowna on Feb. 26. It will be live-streamed on the web (www.streamingcafe.net) starting at 7 p.m.

When Mike Edel hits town next weekend he will be mulling over some new goals as he flows through his mellow melodies.
Earlier this week, the young singer/songwriter found a binder from when he was 18 years old with a list of ten goals for his work in music.
“I feel as though I’ve completed all ten of them,” he said with a burst of youthful enthusiasm which somewhat beguiles the premiss of his debut album The Last of Our Mountains.
Growing up in the shadow of the Rockies among the Alberta wheat fields, the now Victoria-based artist said he was inspired by the Earle Birney poem David about two climbers. The poem speaks of the ghastly request to end his life one climber makes of another after a fall climbing leaves him facing paralysis.
Jumping off from this dramatic end-of-innocence moment, Edel examines the transition to a new reality moving forward from young adulthood necessitates.  Decidedly melancholy, if somewhat pensive, he takes on the concept of understanding the inevitable that decision-making creates.
“The path narrows as your 20s start to be behind you instead of in front of you,” the 25-year-old said.
“There’s kind of a loss of the euphoric sense of a youth-that-lasts-forever.”
Edel claims to be a “pretty happy guy,” and one has to believe it’s probably true, despite appearances, when the song Bottom Floor Apartment rolls out.
The tune picks up the pace with the offer of a smile from a girl in an otherwise typically cramped, post-university existence for a B.C. kid who sounds as if he is scraping by in a basement suite apartment. Though Edel’s own youth may be clouding any vision of the rewards age also brings, the album nonetheless strums along with a disappointment-versus-optimism mix that quite honestly portrays a mid-’20s mindset.
“It’s a long look at life and love and home,” he said.
Launching his tour with the release of his album on Jan. 25, the Kelowna stop at the Streaming Café, just prior to his major show in Victoria, follows on the heals of an extensive Western Canadian tour hitting everywhere from Medicine Hate to Red Deer to Linden, Alberta.
The Kelowna engagement will be the musician’s first experiment with live streaming and he’s looking forward to the adventure.
Among an extensive list of performance stops on various tours, Edel has lived internationally in places like Germany and Santa Cruz, California, and said the live-stream might be helpful to old friends and fans.
“It’s a pretty good way for people who are maybe not in Western Canada to reconnect,” said Edel.
Mike Edel plays the Streaming Café Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. and will be live at www.streamingcafe.net for those who cannot make it down to the show.

Just Posted

Keeping the Okanagan on the Federal Radar

Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr’s column

Letter: Not a pretty picture, driving around Kelowna

Kelowna letter-writer says there’s a lot to dislike driving around Kelowna

Reel Reviews: Fear or love

We say, “Once again, one worth seeing, one not.”

Two people safe after falling through ice

Kelowna Fire Department urges caution around icy waters during warm weather

Missing Kelowna woman sought

RCMP are asking for assistance in locating Christine Olsen-Meissnitzer

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Anti-pipeline protestors block Kinder Morgan tanker near Seattle

Protest was spurred on by the 28 anti-Kinder Morgan activists arrested in Burnaby

Captain Cal Foote is Rockets’ MVP

The Rockets hand out their annual team awards Sunday at Kelowna Community Theatre

Some surprises in new book about B.C. labour movement

“On the Line” charts history of the union movement back to the 1800s

Cancer fundraiser takes to Okanagan Lake

Penticton and Naramata joining growing fundraising event

Elke’s Garden Tips: Good time to prepare

Lake Country garden columnist talks about what to do at this time of the year

Letter: Crying fowl over goose cull witness

Kelowna letter-writer says Canada geese come with many issues

Letter: I was born in Kelowna in 1930…

Kelowna letter-writer has some ideas on how things should run nowadays

B.C. cyclist races to first win of the season in New Zealand

Casey Brown captures Enduro title by more than two minutes at Crankworx Rotorua

Most Read