Sylvia Tyson’s new album, At The End Of The Day, is a collection of songs that look backward across a life well-lived, and offers advice for those just starting their journey.
After taking a break from recording for a decade, Sylvia Tyson has made a remarkable return with her latest album, At The End Of The Day. At the age of 83, Tyson, a renowned Canadian artist known for her independence and songwriting skills, felt it was the right time to create this album. She describes it as a collection of songs she had always wanted to record but hadn't had the chance to until now. The singer-songwriter believes that this might be her best work yet.
Despite her long public career, Tyson remains a private figure. While the album draws inspiration from real-life experiences and events, she claims it not to be autobiographical. Producer Danny Greenspoon was impressed by Tyson's ability to act through her songs while emphasizing the importance of storytelling in her music, so he encouraged her to focus on delivering the story with a conversational style to add more effect.
Backed by musicians including Davide DiRenzo, Charles James, Jason Fowler, John Sheard, Drew Jurecka, Denis Keldie, and Mark Lalama, the album was recorded with a simple rhythm section and modest yet effective arrangements over three days in April 2023. Tyson entrusted the band lineup to Greenspoon, who worked closely with the musicians to create the right framework for the songs while allowing them creative freedom within that structure.
Throughout her storied career, Tyson has not only been a performer but also a dedicated songwriter. She has written enduring songs like "You Were On My Mind," "River Road," and "Yesterday's Dreams," which have left a significant impact on fans and fellow musicians. The album features a diverse selection of songs, including co-writes with longtime friends like Shirley Eikhard, Cindy Church, Joan Besen, and Chris Whiteley. These songs, written over the years, reflect different aspects of Tyson's life and experiences. Her ability to connect with and interpret a wide range of musical styles is evident in the album, which features both traditional and contemporary songs.
Sylvia Tyson’s life and career have been marked by numerous achievements and honors, including her induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. She has had a remarkable career as a solo artist, a member of Quartette, and most notably and one half of the pioneering folk duo, Ian & Sylvia.