“Matter of Time” is a tribute to Canadian poet, Douglas Lochhead whose works have been published in Canada and internationally since 1959. The original poems are reprinted here with permission. Over a period of four years Janet Crawford created original music based on his work.

This project, co-produced with musician and co-writer, Rocky Ripley, consists of 10 song tracks that feature Janet on vocals with a small band of fine musicians. Included as well is a 22-minute audio documentary which is a tribute to Lochhead and an exploration of the landscape that has informed his work and Crawford’s.

Song List

The songs on this CD are based on poems by Canadian poet, Douglas Lochhead, whose works have been published in Canada and internationally since 1959. The original poems are reprinted here with permission, and can be found in the following books:

  • That Place By Tantramar Sackville, New Brunswick
    Poems by Douglas Lochhead published by the Town of Sackville 2007
  • Weathers – Poems New and Selected
    Published by Goose Lane Editions, Fredericton, New Brunswick 2002
  • Tiger in the Skull – New and Selected Poems 1959-1985
    Published by Fiddlehead Poetry Books and Goose Lane Editions Ltd. 1986
A Matter of Time (3:49)

(Rocky Ripley, 2006)
Janet Crawford: vocals, harmony vocals
Rocky Ripley: guitars, percussion, harmony vocals

it is only a matter of time
given one high tide

and the land will shake loose
clearing out the silt’s century

and at low tide there will be
old adzes and saws of lost men

who turned up regular and built
ships for trading from this bay

it has all gone, but will come back
in old log books, accounts of companies

in the sun’s memory of slips
shouts and ropes licking the wind.

On the Burnett Wharf (3:24)

(Janet Crawford, 2006)
Janet Crawford: vocals
Rocky Ripley: drum program, bass, guitars, banjo, percussion
Tanya Bostick: piano

I sit right here
on the sleeping
wharf, river noises
catch and move like

lips you once gave
me, and what were
your arms like then
my golden love?

the sun’s hot glaze
portrayed your fires
those love-bent rays
from your green eyes

and with flowers
I filled the ring
you made and kissed
the green and golden air
when you had gone.

Dyke at Dorchester Cape (2:51)

(Rocky Ripley, 2009)
Janet Crawford: vocals, harmony vocals
Rocky Ripley: drum programming, bass, guitars, synthesizer
Dave Smith: harmonica

a man he went and got the others
and with what was there got down to it

plunging the staying stumps into the soup
of red mud and somehow made them hold

it was on a first day, give or take
when they began, another when they finished,

so at Dorchester Cape the summer talk
of dust and dried grass and noise of lunging lovers

ripping by, the dykes are necessary ruins
part of the hump and beginning ridge

they lift up the place, keep it tight
against the drop and haul of sea

Tracks (3:51)

(Janet Crawford, 2009)
Janet Crawford: piano, vocals
Rocky Ripley: acoustic guitars, mandolin, harmony vocals

From the TransCanada the tracks of snow and hay
point as fingers at the tailored towers

of the CBC. This spring is one of messages
and while the snow’s crazy abstract grows

a Polish commentator in Montreal this day
sends his toiling words to Warsaw and Gdansk,

an Italian sings and through the splits of towers
there are sounds in Amalfi and Palermo

so the many messages of men give out
their vibes to make a homesick noise

around the world from this brooding marsh
where mole and mouse take cover in their place

A Loud Place (4:35)

(Janet Crawford, Rocky Ripley, 2009)
Janet Crawford: vocals, recitation
Rocky Ripley: acoustic guitars
Drew Moore: pedal steel guitar
“As Winds As Lovers”
Poem by Douglas Lochhead

After first sight you look into the place
where details emerge like bubbles

the eye takes and reads in its own way:
there it is a long ride of rail

a trail of pulsing wind-warped poles
and a staked fence saying what fences say

now it is a place of meeting, retreating
of taking the message of nature and man

it is not an emptiness, but a loud place
for reading, for noting this and that

not forgetting the marsh mood
heightened by heavy and brooding skies.

Questions (5:12)

(Rocky Ripley, 2008)
Janet Crawford: vocals, harmony vocals
Rocky Ripley: drum program, percussion, acoustic & electric guitars, bass, harmony
Terry Hume: accordian

what is left from the warm and wine dark sea?
and what is there before the eye?

the gamble-toss of wasted things
brought forth from clearing decks

from the lagging losses of fragment days
where sailors dock their souls and socks

the dark red place of mud and mix
the gone gulls grate on other skies

done in a whip of wind and scream
where are they now? but no voice asks.

there are questions incised in mud and rock
there are questions blowing at sea-time.

Song (2:44)

(Janet Crawford, 2006)
Janet Crawford: vocals
Rocky Ripley: acoustic guitar, synthesizer
Tanya Bostick: piano
Daniel Burke: saxophone

I grow as the wind grows
and cry with it;
flame as the wind flames
and burn with it.

I begin as the wind,
shaking before my time;
before anything resembling age
shakes my heart dry.

I rage as the rocks rage
and stay with it;
go as the wind goes
and die with it.

The Wind in Sackville (4:04)

(Rocky Ripley, Janet Crawford, 2009)
Janet Crawford: vocals, harmony vocals, hand claps
Rocky Ripley: drums, bass, acoustic guitar, harmony vocal, hand claps
Terry Hume: piano
Dave Smith: harmonica
Drew Moore: electric guitar

The wind
in Sackville
makes a noise

every day
at five

you can set
your clock
one man said

the first signs
are in
the hemlocks

their branches
bounce and lean
and wave

and you know,
Sackville knows,
it is five o’clock.

Day in Summer (3:29)

(Janet Crawford, 2006)
Janet Crawford: vocals
Rocky Ripley: percussion, bass, guitars, synthesizer, harmony vocals

On the island the lovers lie
almost lost in the feathery mists
of the heat straining
from the tortured womb
of an August sun.

My boat lies off-shore
drifting with the river,
only its red floor-boards
between my tanned feet
and the deep blue grave
of the river.

The lovers lie as close as that,
on their little island of sand.
Between embrace they toss pebbles up
and wait for the splash
and the turning out of the ripples.

Deep in our days of heat
we sup up all the love
in the world. In my boat
there are garlands of blue-flags
wet and moist
for all lovers.

So Close (3:51)

So Close (3:51)
(Janet Crawford, 2008)
Janet Crawford: vocals
Rocky Ripley: synthesizer, percussion

Tantramar, the river, deep, tidal
moving on a March morning, high as she goes

there in the banked and thrown ice
the leaking limits of the marsh

move free in their melting, leaving crusts
to the shudder of tidal might.

The sea-force moves and makes a landscape
empty in a winter season of searching birds,

it is a happening of nature we try to chart
and plot our way to nearer understanding

but it is the going on of the place
the floating-by of life, so close, so close.

Featured Artists

Douglas Lochhead

Douglas Lochhead, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a life-member of the League of Canadian Poets, was born in Guelph, Ontario in 1922, and served as an infantry and artillery officer in the Canadian Army during World War II. He was a graduate of McGill University and the University of Toronto. He has taught English and been a member of the library staffs of universities in Canada, the United States, and Scotland. In 1975, Lochhead became the Davidson Professor of Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University, and lived in Sackville, New Brunswick, until his passing. From 1987 to 1990 he was the first writer-in-residence at Mount Allison University, and then Professor Emeritus at Mount Allison. He was as a Senior Fellow and Founding Librarian of Massey College, University of Toronto. Douglas Lochhead was the Poet Laureate of Sackville, New Brunswick from 2002 to 2010.

Lochhead’s High Marsh Road was a finalist for the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, and in 2005 he received the Carlo Betocchi International Poetry Prize for High Marsh Road / La Strada di Tantramar. He was also a recipient of the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in English-language Literary Arts, and of many honorary degrees.

Douglas Lochhead passed away, peacefully, on March 15, 2011 at the age of 88 years.

Rocky Ripley

Rocky Ripley has been involved in the music business for 40 years, and he continues to perform with various local bands and in theatre production in the Amherst, NS, area.

For the last few years, his focus has been in recording music. He has produced countless demos and full length recording projects as well including: Barb Sharple’s “Sweet Thing”, Don Coate’s “Half Moon Harvest” and a Christmas CD with Drew Moore called “…And to all, a good night.”

Rocky has musically dabbled in other mediums including television (Table Hockey: The Movie), an on-line video game (Sinner s and Saints), and an independent feature film shot in northern New Brunswick (The Backup Man). These projects were in cooperation with Ralf Cassidy Bindels, who mastered “A Matter of Time”.

Tanya Bostick

Following graduation from Mount Allison University in 1996, Tanya Bostick embarked on a career teaching grades K-12 Choral, Instrumental and General Music. In 2003, Tanya began looking for a family -oriented, quality music program to offer to families in the Sackville and Amherst areas. In 2004, she and husband, Shawn Bostick, opened the Bostick School of Music where Tanya began teaching Music for Young Children. Tanya is now working full time as the music co-ordinator at Tantramar Regional High School where her enthusiasm and love of teaching have helped produce a choir, a band programme and a number of very successful musical theatre productions.

In addition to Piano, Vocal/Choral and Instrumental Adjudicating, she is also a regular presenter to Piano Pedagogy and Elementary and Secondary Methods students at Mount Allison University, along with speaking at various Professional Development Seminars for Music Educators in Southeastern New Brunswick. She is also instructor at l’Universite de Moncton Classical Camps, held each summer.

Tanya belongs to the Canadian Music Educators Association; the Nova Scotia Music Educator’s Association and is an active member of the Sackville Music Teachers Association, a branch of the New Brunswick Registered Music Teachers Association. She performs regularly in a variety of genres and venues as accompanist, soloist and as an ensemble performer, most notably as jazz ensemble performer in the group “Cosmo”. Tanya collaborated as Recording Artist on the Sackville Cultural Capitals CD project commemorating the diverse talents of Sackville’s Musicians.

Drew Moore

Well into his fourth decade of playing, guitarist Drew Moore has recorded, performed and toured a wide range of music in Canada and the U.S. Since the late 1980s he has played with many local bands in the Amherst area, been involved with musical theatre and teaches guitar.

Terry Hume

Terry Hume started playing at 5 years old in a very musical family in Nova Scotia. Also sang in a family Trio and enjoyed playing many instruments but really fell in love with the piano. Over the years he has developed a real love for soul, jazz and blues and soulful gospel. Terry moved to Moncton in 1991 and became extremely active in the music scene.

Terry has played on a few ECMA nominated albums and has produced ECMA nominated albums, including an album that won a gospel Shai award a few years ago. He has played or worked with many artist such as Gary Sappier, Thane Dunn, Jessica Rhaye, The Classics, Doug Howatt Band, Big Daddy Shad, Messiah Band, Nova Scotia Praise and Worship mass choir, Jessica Betts, and many others as either a band member or session player. Terry also performs solo.

Terry continues touring the Maritimes with different artists, represents Yamaha pianos, and absolutely loves what he does.

Dave Smith

Founding member and the driving force in bringing “The Streamliners” together, Dave Smith originally hails from London, Ontario, but currently calls Amherst, Nova Scotia home.

While residing in Sackville, Dave became a member of the blues band “Malpractice” along with his friend Doc, who fronted the band. While playing songs by such artists and “Down Child Blues Band” and “Stevie Ray Vaughan”, Smith realized that he missed the sound of the blues harp.

He began perfecting this harp style by founding the now defunct “The BS Blues Band” in Sackville, New Brunswick in 1992. Asking fellow “Malpractice” alumni and friend, Doc to join with him as the band’s bass player, Smith began fronting the band and has earned a reputation as one of the finest blues harpists in the region.

Smith was also invited to appear on Al Cooper’s latest CD and has played with Halifax’s Joe Murphy.

Daniel Burke

Daniel Burke is a native of Cape Breton Island, where he was born and raised in the town of New Waterford. He loves to challenge himself musically and has, therefore, become a multi-instrumentalist, playing the guitar, bass, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, harmonica, Irish whistles, drums, bodran, and piano. He completed a Bachelor of Music Degree from Mount Allison University in 2008, where he studied saxophone performance, and has recently completed his Bachelor of Education degree at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. From here Daniel plans to land a career as a High School music teacher, while continuing to be a session musician and private instructor.

Janet Crawford

Janet Crawford is a singer-songwriter with a repertoire that includes original tunes, some old-time country and especially standard jazz classics. Besides her performance with small ensembles she is also a vocalist with the Elastic Big Band from Nova Scotia.


I’d like to acknowledge the generosity and encouragement of many people:Douglas Lochhead, Rocky Ripley, George Woodburn, Janet Fotheringham, Meredith Fisher, Ron Corbett, Leslie Van Patter, Bryson Gilbert, Deanne Fitzpatrick, David Corkum, Dorothy Linkletter, Peter Mesheau, Cathy Fynn, Bill Evans, Chris Parker, Virgil Hammock, Gig and Joanie, Graham Watt, Karen Valanne and Live Bait Theatre, Darren Wheaton, Linda Dornan, Moneris Solutions, and my family – John, Kate, Leighan and Isabel.

Thanks everyone.—Janet

This project would not have been possible without the help and support of the following: