‘Canada We Love You’ was penned last summer by singer/songwriter R.A. Lautenschlager, who thought the song would be a perfect fit for the 150th celebrations. The song was initially sent to R&B studio in Halifax, where the piano backing was added and a YouTube video created.
But wanting to expand upon the anthem-type feel to the song, Lautenschlager knew the song needed something else to make it complete; that’s when he approached Salem School’s choir director Lisa Steeves. He wanted to add another dimension to the song and thought it would be enlivened by bringing children’s voices and other instrumentation into the mix.
Steeves agreed and started working with her Grade 3 and 4 choir students on the song, which was recorded this past Friday at the school. Matt Thompson of the Mount Allison music department set up the necessary equipment and helped record the choir’s vocals.
“I thank Lisa Steeves and the Salem students for their help and the fantastic job they did with my song,” said Lautenschlager. “My eyes were wet listening to the student chorus sing my song. Absolutely beautiful!”
Lautenschlager said he will head back to Halifax this Friday to work with R&B Studio on mixing the recent recording with the original vocal and piano tracks. He said other “bits and pieces” may also be added, possibly acoustic and electric guitar music.
When the final version is available, hopefully by the end of April, Lautenschlager said it will replace the music video that is presently available on Youtube.
The plan is to make the song available across Canada before the July 2017 celebration. When the song is available, radio, TV stations and newspapers, and other media will be informed, and that single will be available on the internet at CD Baby, and similar sites where people buy and download songs. Twenty-five percent of any profits from sales of this song will go to the Salem music program.