Ray Bonneville’s new single “On the Blind Side,”is a moving song about coming to terms with one’s inner shadows and healing old emotional wounds. “On the Blind Side” is new ground for the gritty, road-hardened songwriter.
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With insights gained from isolation, Ray Bonneville has emerged from the pandemic ready to share more of his life story, to draw from it creatively, to allow it to take him to new places and take his audience along with him. Bonneville will release three singles this year, followed by an album in early 2023. The working title for the song project is On the Blind Side, also the title of the first song to be released. While remaining accessible to the listener, this new group of songs represents a more introspective phase for Ray.
In addition to this new family of songs, Bonneville launched a blog in February 2022 called Looking for Minnows (https://raybonneville.com/looking-for-minnows), featuring stories and photos from Ray’s memoir. Ray and his team will release these stories throughout the year. The following are the opening lines of “Killing Fog,” the first Looking for Minnows story, which describes a key turning point in Ray’s life.
“The heading indicator swings wild in the panel as I desperately try to fight my way through and around the blinding cloud cover that has suddenly dropped down from above as I climbed out of the shallow river basin. I know right off that I’ve made a deadly mistake. The back of my throat is suddenly filled with the acidic taste of fear, reminiscent of the incoming rocket and mortar fire I had lived through in Dong Ha, Vietnam in 1968.”
This very close call occurred while Ray was piloting a commercial Beaver float plane in the Canadian bush. He subsequently gave up flying to concentrate on writing and performing his own songs. At that point, he had already been professionally honing his now-acclaimed signature guitar and harmonica style for some twenty years.
Fast forward thirty years, over a life of writing, recording and touring, to the pandemic. Like the incident described in “Killing Fog,” the pandemic represented another turning point in Bonneville’s life. Artistic expression as he knew it came to a major standstill during the great pause.
Bonneville found himself working on one song over most of the next two years: “On the Blind Side.” The sixteen lines that remain in the finished song were distilled from over fifty pages of tried and rejected lyrics, melodies and grooves, some of which were worked out in public during his live stream shows. The introspective shadow-searching necessary to find the essence of this song may have been draining, but, says Bonneville, sometimes that’s what it takes to get a good song.