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Jeff's new album:
Serpent on the Grass

Released: October 2006

Available Online at:
www.indiepool.com

Serpent on the Grass - Jeff McCann - Singer/Songwriter/Musician - Recording Artist CD
9905 72 Ave, Peace River, AB, T8S 1B1       (780) 624-1241
Jeff@jeffmccannmusic.com


Jeff McCann - Musician/Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist

INFLUENCES:

  • The Beatles (first & foremost, because they inspired Jeff to learn to play guitar),
  • Eric Clapton & Cream,
  • Taj Mahal,
  • The Doors,
  • Fleetwood Mac (before & after Christine McVie),
  • Neil Young,
  • Bruce Cockburn,
  • Kim Mitchell,
  • The Tragically Hip,
  • Chrissie Hynde & The Pretenders,
  • Grand Funk,
  • Joan Osborne,
  • Loreena McKennit,
  • Andreas Vollenweider, &
  • Joni Mitchell.

 

 

 

Jeff McCann was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

He grew up in Calgary, Alberta, but chose to live in an area known as the "Peace Country" after deciding he preferred a small town atmosphere. The "spirit of the north" was instrumental in forming the philosophy that McCann embraces in his music and his lifestyle.

With almost 30 years of experience in "rock 'n roll", Jeff has worked with some of western Canada's finest musicians, on stage, on the road and in the studio.

McCann lives a stone's throw from the mighty Peace River, with his wife and family and performs at venues throughout Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

In addition to his commitment to music and family, Jeff is also a calligrapher/artist and has a been a student of Tai Chi for many years, a discipline which has proven invaluable in his pursuit for "a life of balance and harmony".

In his own words,...."the positive factors that have contributed to my well-being are my music, daily practice of Tai Chi and the love of my wife and family. I'm not looking for wealth or fame, I'm just happy to be doing what I love and to have some of my music here, online. If fame and wealth come my way,...all the better!"

TAI CHI:

Tai Chi is a series of slow, gentle, dance-like movements and is often referred to as “meditation in motion”. With regular practice of Tai Chi, we can balance the energy or “chi” that circulates through-out the body, and will eventually experience both physical and spiritual well-being. 

Tai Chi is referred to as “the national exercise of China”, and is described by Time magazine as the “perfect” exercise. Styles of Tai Chi may differ slightly, as a result of the various regions of China (where it originated) or because of the different “families” who modified the movements to suit their needs. Regardless of what style of Tai Chi you practise, the benefits are vast!

There are many beautiful stories about the origin of Tai Chi...

(Tai Chi information continued below)

 

 

Jeff also has to give credit to "Toastmasters International", obviously not a musical influence but without this remarkable organization, he notes that  he would never have gained the "courage" to speak/perform in front of large audiences. Also, the "vocabulary skill" acquired from preparing speeches & presentations has been a tremendous songwriting tool!

Tai Chi (continued):

...the most widely accepted being the one attributed to a Taoist monk named Chang San Feng who was awakened one night by a “scuffle” in the courtyard. Curious to discover what the noise was about, Chang San Feng looked out into the courtyard and saw a “snake and a crane” fighting over a piece of food.

As the “battle” continued on, Chang San Feng was impressed by how these two adversaries fought tirelessly throughout the night. The “moves” of both of the snake and the crane appeared deliberate and focused, “yielding & defending” or “thrusting & attacking” as necessary.

Chang San Feng mimicked these movements, and created a series of exercises which soon evolved into Tai Chi. The “Yang” style of Tai Chi consists of 108 movements, which take anywhere from 15-20 minutes to complete, depending on the “pace or speed” of the practitioner.

The first time Jeff ever saw Tai Chi he was a student at the Alberta College of Art, and during his lunch break, he caught a glimpse of a fellow showing his friend the movements of Tai Chi. At the time, He had no idea what the student was doing, but Jeff was fascinated by it. A few months later he was reading “The Massage Book” by George Downing & Anne Kent Rush, and came across a chapter on Tai Chi. It suddenly dawned on him that what he had seen at the art college was Tai Chi. A couple of years later (1978)  he began taking classes at the Edmonton Tai Chi Chuan Society. The master was Paul Ying Po Mak.

To learn more about Tai Chi visit: http://worldtaichiday.org/

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