Canadian folk-rock artist Dany Horovitz and his joyful and personal debut single, “Moving On”, capture that golden moment when you realize that time really heals and that the spiritual superglue of creating new memories can actually mend a life. Broken Heart.
The first single before Horovitz’s next album, Free Times, due in early 2022, “Moving On” takes the “moving” part of its track – moving, as in high energy – very seriously. Toronto-based singer-songwriter calls this jubilant stomper “a catchy folk pub song about when your heart is broken”; think Lumineers and a few beers.
Knowing that so many playlists are filled with romantic pathos, Horovitz drew on his personal experience for “Moving On” and instead chose to spotlight a bright new day after the dark drama. “We focus a lot on the agony of a breakup,” he explains, “but one day, sometime after my heart was broken, I realized I felt good for the first time since. a while and wanted to capture that feeling. “
Horovitz riffed on those good feelings and wrote all he could about them. “Then I worked and refined my thoughts until it became a song,” he says. “Our protagonist telling his story in a pub to friends, and everyone relates, eventually joining the chorus.”
And all my haunting memories
They mean nothing to me
They have faded and I know I lost my marbles.
But I kept my promise too
I met the night, I saw it through.
And so I pack my bags and go,
To move on.
The double / single claps and jovial Beatles-style kicks in “Moving On” go a long way in advancing Horovitz’s musical cause of “resurrecting that old school rock ‘n’ roll sound and reforming it for the sake of it. modern era. It is an influence and a desire that touch very closely the artist of Montreal origin.
“My grandfather, who was a watchmaker by trade, had a record store franchise in Montreal when I was young,” Horovitz recalls in a recent interview with the Music From Friends podcast. “So my parents always had good records at home. We were still listening to a very old style of music. It would be rock ‘n’ roll from the 50s and 60s.
His father played Beatles songs on the guitar for him and his brother and eventually Horovitz began to take his father’s guitar and write his own songs.
A songwriter gifted at infusing modern interpretations of familiar melodies, Horovitz lists his main influences as an intriguing and all-Canadian combo of urban poets Leonard Cohen, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor and Bryan Adams of Blue Rodeo, as well as rural dreamers Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers. Horovitz’s lyrics are stories of love, loss and life, drawing inspiration from ancient poets, modern philosophers and personal experiences.
“When you go to McGill and you’re in literature, Leonard Cohen’s ghost is everywhere. I mean that in the best way!
However, even though this songwriter has a literature degree, don’t expect a whole lot of academic and pedantic prose. First and foremost, Horowitz writes songs to enjoy – and he hopes you will, starting with this one.
“Moving On” from the upcoming debut album Free Times is now available!
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