Submitted by Don Graham
Myles Goodwyn’s body of work as a songwriter has him prominently woven into the fabric of Canadian pop music as the founder, lead singer and main songwriter of the legendary band, April Wine.
Songs such as You Won’t Dance With Me, Just Between You and Me, Lady Run, Lady Hide and Roller to name a few, are just a part of Myles’ catalogue that would enable him to sit back and enjoy his accomplishments.
But that’s not Goodwyn’s style.
April Wine is still an active performing band and Myles has two critically acclaimed blues albums released with a third, LongPants, ready to go. He continues to write songs and is very socially aware of current events. His take on the conflict in Ukraine is an example of what American writer William Faulkner was referring to when he said, “The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honour and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.”
To Faulkner’s point, from his home in Nova Scotia, Goodwyn watched the story of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the devastation physically and emotionally that it had on the Ukrainian people and knew he had to address it. “The suffering of the Ukraine people, because of the recent attack by Russia, inspired this song. I hope that this video will encourage people to help the citizens of Ukraine, so desperately in need of our support.”
Watch the moving video of “For Ukraine” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMf6yEpY0H4
The song was recorded and mixed at FMP Matrix and produced by Goodwyn and features Myles Goodwyn on vocals and guitars, Bruce Dixon on bass guitar and drum programming by Scott Ferguson.
With lyrics that speak the painful hard truth, this song is sure to touch hearts and raise awareness and help the cause for the innocent people of Ukraine: