Norine Braun calls on Mother Nature to rise up and fight back in the cinematic video for her environmental ode Songs For Trees — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist. 

The title track and last single from the Vancouver singer-songwriter’s recent concept album, Songs For Trees bops along the line between folk, funk and rock as Braun sits in the forest, gazing skyward in appreciation: 

“Looking up through the green 
Shafts of sunlight break through … 
You offer a bridge, a connection with all that you do. 

Songs for trees
, life-giving reacher saves us 
Songs for trees, these sterling teachers save us 
Songs for trees
, we cannot make it alone.” 

“We have known about climate change for over 60 years now yet most of us have missed or ignored the warnings,” Braun says. “Time is running out to turn the tide and the trees are our saving grace. Trees are a vital tool in the slowing down of climate change, as they have the ability to capture carbon from the atmosphere and store it for generations and they release oxygen into the air we breathe.”

The grand finale of videos for the album, the Songs For Trees clip was directed and edited by David C. Jones, who found inspiration in classic chiller-thriller horror shows and disaster movies with the help of directors of photography Zach Houston and Kevin Navia. 

“We all grew up watching films about the end of the world and disasters, and often the biggest obstacle to finding solutions were rich business men and politicians who ignore warnings and put us all at risk,” Jones says. “Norine’s passionate song to the power of trees with its changing moods highlighted for me that frustration. I deliberately used odd cuts and shaky camera’s to create a mood of unease — the same anxiety all of us feel about the environment. Connecting with her past, and with the nature around her, she summons up an inner Earth Mother who strikes back. The movie has a bittersweet ending because she’s only able to make change to the television world, not the real world. That is up to us.” 

Braun’s 13th album, Songs For Trees was produced by Adam Popowitz, who also played lead guitar and bass alongside Elliot Polsky on drums and percussion, Alice Fraser on keyboards, and Huggybear Leonard on blues harp, harmonica, ocarina and penny whistle, with Braun supplying rhythm guitar in addition to lead vocals. Exclusive premiere on Tinnitist. 

 

Thanks to Stuart Derdeyn for featuring Songs For Trees in The Vancouver Sun and The Province as one of 5 albums you need to hear! https://vancouversun.com/entertainment/five-new-albums-from-women-musicians-you-need-to-hear

Hey thanks for your love and voting for The Burning, that song charted for 6 weeks going from #40 to #10 on SiriusXM's Indigenous Music Countdown

Independent Artist Buzz has featured an interview on Women in Music; Thanks for the chance to share my music and thoughts. Read and listen here: https://independentartistbuzz.com/post/685885273651986432/7-from-the-women-with-norine-braun

"Like the roots of trees, each song is interconnected; you can't have one without the others. Each song is beautifully tied together to create a music forest with a very important message." A.A. Christi NYC Broadway World 

"Compared to artists like Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell, and kd Lang, Norine Braun’s soundscape will transport you to a world outside of your own. This call to action on climate change mixed with the beauty of music is something you do not want to miss." - Amplify Music Magazine

"Inspired by climate change and our beautiful Earth, this groovy and funk based album features 19 songs. Between each full length song are the sounds of nature, like the crunching of leaves and sticks, a rushing river, and wind, connecting the songs like the roots of a tree. It’s a network of songs that act as one big motion of music" Indie-Music 

Norine Braun's New Album Is Full Of Spirit And Reflection 

"The conceptual album is all beyond brilliant. She manages to visualize the forest and trees, personifying them in a way that's thought provoking and honest. What stands out to me about this album is the ambient noise bridging the full length songs. This simple, yet powerful choice elevates the album to a place no other has gone. 

She wrote each song dedicated to a certain tree, like Aspens in "Aspen Grove" and the coastal Douglas Fir in "Sex in the Forest." While each song examines a different tree, it's a symbolic walk through the spiritual aspects of trees and their images of strength. They are big, they are rooted, and they serve as a home to many. 

"Songs For Trees" is unlike any other album I've ever heard. It's beautiful and genius. It really has you thinking about nature and how we are one with it. The jazz, synthetic pop, and folk singer/songwriter sounds gives it a sense of groove, evoking the feelings of walking through a forest."Taylor Williams Subba-Cultcha

"NORINE BRAUN’S NEW ALBUM IS AN ARTISTIC MASTERPIECE Her voice is soft and hypnotic. The music is smooth and groovy. Her lyrics are poetic and thought provoking. Everything you want in an album is what you’ll find in Songs For Trees." Jane Lambert Modern Mystery

"The 19 song masterpiece is groovy and funky. She uses sounds of nature in between the actual songs to act as story guides leading the listener into the next narrative told through a certain tree. The trees symbolize how similar we are to them and how much we need trees for our own survival.Songs for Trees is beautifully written, recorded, and produced. It speaks volumes on our Earth as well as our empathy. She guides the listener through in a caring and loving way rather than a demanding one. " Independent Artist Buzz

Songs For Trees

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I went for a walk that brought me into the west coast forests. There, immersed in fresh air and sweet sounds, I found joy, healing, and connection that kindled my reverence for these ancient souls. Listen closely and the trees will speak to you. They have messages for all who listen. Join me and we will walk together through the beauty of the

I went for a walk that brought me into the west coast forests. There, immersed in fresh air and sweet sounds, I found joy, healing, and connection that kindled my reverence for these ancient souls. Listen closely and the trees will speak to you. They have messages for all who listen. Join me and we will walk together through the beauty of the forest. ‘Songs For Trees’ is my homage to these amazing spirits.

We live in a time of great peril. As I write these songs, a global pandemic refuses to diminish its grip on our world. My songwriting could not bring relief from the summer searing temperatures brought on by a heat dome that had my city and province in its grip. Hot days and sweltering nights brought death for too many vulnerable people. While recording this album, drought desiccated millions of sacred trees and exposed them to historic wildfires. Entire towns became cinder and ash. While mastering ‘Songs For Trees,’ an atmospheric river burst from the clouds and drenched our scorched earth. A month of rain poured down in 48 hours. Massive flooding brought landslides and entire cities became barren swamps. After the deluge, farmers became refugees and their animals perished by the thousands. None of us can turn away from the unrelenting catastrophes that challenge even the strongest among us. We are all interconnected, what happens to the trees happens to us. The trees know this. Examine them, spend time with them, learn from them and please help save them. 

Trees are the lungs of the planet. They are the most crucial living organisms on earth, affecting our environment more than anything else. They are fundamental to the continuity of life on the planet. They are our salvation and the key to abating climate change at a pivotal time of the healing for this world. May you find solace, strength and wonder in the music. May ‘Songs For Trees’ inspire you to search out positive change. Plant trees, save the ancient ones, clean up garbage, live sustainably and go into the forest.

I dedicate ‘Songs For Trees’ to my dear, loving Mother who became ill and passed away while I wrote the lyrics and music for this album. Her spirit found me in the forest as I composed these songs. I also dedicate it to my birth Father who found me only days after I lost my Mother. My journey continues and I am forever indebted to the trees.

Special thanks to Canada Council for the Arts, First Peoples’ Cultural Council, Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn

10% of net profits from downloads and CD sales donated to TreeCanada.ca and OneTreePlanted.org

Norine Braun Vocals, Acoustic and Rhythm Guitar Adam Popowitz Bass, Lead Guitar, Hand Percussion Elliot Polsky Drums and Percussion Alice Fraser Keys (Organ, Synth, Piano) Huggybear Leonard Blues Harp, Ocarina and Penny Whistle

Produced by Adam Popowitz at Rear Window Song and Sound

Words and Music by Norine Braun Mixed and Mastered at Rear Window Song and Sound

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Director, animator and designer Dylan Moore ofOuthouse Cartoons once again captures Braun’s lyrical imagery with his video. Using the lyrics of the song, he illustrates a walk through the forest where the singer/songwriter takes us on a psychedelic journey though the woods. 

The breezy and flowing Cedar & The Eagle lifts you up and takes you a journey through the forest treetops as it outlines nature’s elegant balance and interdependence. 

“Eagles can soar to great heights, yet they are still strongly connected to the earth,” Braun says. “Eagles are associated with vision, wisdom, and strength. Symbolically eagles remind us to take responsibility for one’s actions, healing nature and treading lightly as a matter of respect for Mother Earth. 

“According to scientific evidence, trees are way more intelligent than we have ever imagined. Some of the findings of the tree-whisperer Peter Wohlleben are: Trees can feel pain, and they have emotions such as fear. They like to stand close to each other and cuddle. Trees adore company and like to take things slow. Be like the trees and care. Trees are the lungs of the planet. They are the most crucial living organisms on Earth, affecting our environment more than anything else. They are fundamental to the continuity of life on the planet. They are our salvation and the key to abating climate change at a pivotal time of the healing for this world.”

WINNER BLUES COMPILATION ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2022

**WINNER** January 9, 2023 Severn FM Dr Wart Hoover Docs Blues Awards 2022 Compilation Of The Year Winner Gloucester UK Norine Braun - collected works Her signature funky folk blues sound simply cannot be matched, best listened to as loud as your neighbours will tolerate.

Kind of Blues album was also #2 on TRIPLE AAA most downloaded to international radio and promotions on Plaympe January 6, 2023!

With deep gratitude

With deep gratitude

With deep gratitude

With deep gratitude