Love and thanks to Christian, Raul, Jerritt, Paul, Marco, Jay, Robin, Ray, Nigel and Sevy.

Souvenirs is a collection of nine original songs for those of us that like to drum on the dashboard and play air guitar. That person in the front row or in the greys up by the ceiling at Maple Leaf Gardens knows what I mean. We live for the moment when a friend says "listen to this!" We become detectives, researchers, collectors and curators from the first snippet of any song that banged a gong. Then there was the time it only took a single Spanish guitar and a microphone and we're off again chasing that sound well beyond the curve of the earth. I was there listening and playing along from my basement. I still have the souvenirs.

- Savista

Souvenir of those rock songs that made you play air guitar and drums.

FOR LITTLE CESAR AND CLEO

A song about looking for a friend, a community, anyone anywhere that might just be a kindred spirit. Otherwise you're all alone explaining where your head's at and defending your opinion, but for sure upsetting, those who want to know why the fuck you can't focus your energies? Never mind them! Keep searching! You'll know when you find that special someone, because they'll speak of frequencies and diffraction, not just boring old rainbows.

Freedom Fighter

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Listen for the 'Hey!" and the "Whoo!" A funky groove buried deep in the push of the chord changes for this souvenir of classic rock! There are currently 107 in my Queue.

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A SOUVENIR ABOUT THOSE SONGS THAT COME FROM OVER THERE SOMEPLACE.

FOR PEPE & YEYA

Some of us know what its like to live in a house where at any given moment, you could be yelled at in three different languages at the same time lol. The good news is that you get front row seats to music and rhythms from these places. These voices and sounds never really fuse into one, but teach you like a village raises a child. 

Keep Moving

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So this Brazilian met this Cuban and they lived happily ever after. Or was it an Italian met this Venezuelan? No matter, it's all about the groove and flirty syncopation. You can eat the rhythm section on this one for nourishment lol.

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A SOUVENIR OF THOSE SONGS THAT TELL A STORY LIKE A MOVIE IN JUST OVER 3 MINUTES

FOR US

I'm talking about those hip shaker guitar hooks, riffs and licks that steam up the windows!  Picture this: On the night before the wedding, our hero loses the grand in his pocket. He won't be able to pay for the wedding and his father-in-law will finally have proof that he's a bum! He's in and out of trouble and running around all night with his mates.  But in the end we learn that love is companionship and very real, because everyday you wake up feeling like you are $1000 richer. Cue the track and ...Action!! 

$1000 Richer

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Imaging a young person asking his way OAF friend the question "How do you know that they are the special one?" Put the answer to music and voila! A souvenir of a 60s -like surf beach love affair, that happened in the 80s and is still being told today. BTW - Listen for that whammy bar!

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A SOUVENIR OF THOSE GRITTY AND BLUESY SONGS THAT HEAL LIKE SURGERY.

FOR THE EXS

Some of us can spot a predator a mile away. The rest of us need a friend like that. Someone to notice when the lights are on too long. Someone to call the bastard out for what they did, while they cradle your head and hold your hand. A friend who will map out a path through the ruins to the ocean and safe passage towards a better tomorrow. A friend who knows that either choice is worth the journey, then doubles back to cover your tracks. 

Forgive Or Forget

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When you listen to this, imaging the bass line is speaking the truth, the drums are how you feel on the morning after, and the guitars are teary-eyed confessions that it really does hurt sometimes. Exhale my friend, the bass knows the way out.

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