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Shades of Winter EP

by Leslie Hudson

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Alabaster 04:12
Slate 04:25
Crystal 05:33
Lapis 03:17
Aquamarine 06:51


I was teaching on Toronto Island and with the kids we would walk to school every day, every season, in all kinds of weather. I was struck by the unique colours of the winter sky over Lake Ontario one winter in particular (2010) and became inspired by those that shared their names with stones.

Each piece was created in the moment of recording, based upon a motif in a particular key, as I channelled the colour/stone pairing in question.

Bob King added guitar (recorded similarly) to tracks 1 and 2 to create The Winter King Mixes, included on this EP as tracks 6 and 7.


released February 1, 2010

Recorded at Scarlet Oak Studios, Burlington ON
Music and production by Leslie Hudson, except:
Guitar & production on tracks 6 & 7 by Bob King

1. Alabaster (4:12)
2. Slate (4.25)
3. Crystal (5:33)
4. Lapis (3:17)
5. Aquamarine (6:51)
6. Alabaster – The Winter King Mix (4:11)
7. Slate – The Winter King Mix (4:25)


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Leslie Hudson Stratford, Ontario

Leslie Hudson is a Canadian singer songwriter and pianist. Their albums range from storytelling styles to bluesy bar rock to dialed-up, full-band homages to pop culture. With lyrical piano skills and a voice that cuts through the crowd, their songs dive deep into archetype and folklore, modernizing ancient voices & shining a spotlight on the shadowy paths we walk through life, myth and media. ... more

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