blonde on blue was released at Kaos Cafe n Jazz Bar, at the time one of Canada’s top niteclubs. at that exciting event, chanan was accompanied by calgary’s top jazz sidemen and recording artists of their own: john dewaal (who had accompanied rosemary clooney), calgary’s master jazz drummer of precision, john hyde who had a similar reputation on bass, and loni moger, graduate of berklee school of music’s jazz program. but the recording itself was made by chanan in his own living room on a br 88, and where he played on all the instruments, a one man creation. he was unsigned, so it seemed the best way to go…”the songs came to me back in 2002 just after a special california journey, so both the trip and they were really one essential inspiration.” like fellow canadian artists joni mitchell and neil young, the music is correctly discerned as an alberta-california hybrid and fans of both mitchell and young are likely to enjoy this album as well.
The song Blonde on Blue refers to the distinctive navy blue uniforms worn by the flight attendants of United Airlines and the silver blonde hair of Chanan’s love interest at the time, one of two consecutive girlfriends who were flight attendants from America. The song describes the excitement and the impossibility of such an “arrivals and departure” relationship no doubt when entered into with the artist’s sensitivity. It is composed thus from the standpoint of a taxicab dreamer, somewhat like Harry Chapin’s doomed relationship with “she went off to find the footlights” while he is left behind getting high in his taxi.
copyright, 2002, u.s. library of congress