I first met Schayde on my 24th birthday. She was this tiny sprite flitting about my living room, it was my birthday party and she was dating my younger brother and he'd brought her over. I knew I loved her right away, her straightforward attitude. Schayde says what she wants, when she wants, and I love her bubbly personality.
It all came to be that we were all sitting around the living room, and I grabbed my guitar and strummed out an Ed Sheeran song - The A Team. Afterwards Schayde picked up my guitar and played the exact same song, in a style much different than I or the original - she truly made it her own. Her voice echoed through my living room and sent shivers down my spine. Schayde's voice is too big for her body. She handed my guitar back and I thought to myself, I quit. At that point Schayde had just celebrated her 17th birthday. I couldn't believe this talent was sitting in my living room.
I've seen Schayde perform a few times since then, driving up to Duncan for her shows at the Duncan Showroom. The Duncan Showroom (formerly at the Garage on Duncan Street) has since moved to Station Street and has remained a staple in the Duncan music scene for as long as I can remember. I saw my very first show there when I was 13, Mouthfull of Bees, an alternative rock band from Vancouver, and I absolutely loved the atmosphere. I went back dozens of times through my teenage years. Even though the location has changed, the Duncan Showroom still holds the same familiar atmosphere - a venue truly dedicated to the youth of Duncan pursuing their love of music and creativity. The owner, Long John as he's affectionately dubbed, pushes a love of music and sobriety - you won't find any alcoholic drinks for sale at the Showroom. It pushes the belief that you do not need alcohol to enjoy a live show, and I love it.
So I took a drive up to Duncan to watch Schayde perform at the 39 Days of July music festival, put on yearly by the Duncan Showroom, It's a festival set up right in Charles Hoey Park at the train station in downtown Duncan and features local artists from Duncan, artists from worldwide coming to perform, dance schools highlighting children's dance performances, and a plethora of creativity - and it's all free! For 39 days you can go and watch all types of music happening in downtown Duncan anywhere from 12-8 on the stage. It's truly wonderful and I've been blessed to attend a few performances this summer. I was definitely excited to see Schayde again.
The second song Schayde performed was the second song on her CD, called Pirate Ship. She wrote it a few years ago and it's been one of my favorites ever since I picked up a copy of her CD at the last performance I saw her do at the Duncan Showroom. I was so excited to hear her play Pirate Ship. This girl has a major talent for not only guitar, but for truly projecting her voice, and her song writing capabilities. Interestingly enough, Schayde caught the same plague of a head cold that I had suffered with the week previous so this performance is actually her playing through a cold - not that you'd know it from her voice!
The hour passed by far too quickly. At one point approaching rain threatened to make its way over but Long John and Ted were prepared and quickly bagged up the exposed speakers. Phew. Luckily the rain stayed far away and Schayde's performance went uninterrupted. She played a medley of covers and originals. Here's another original, called Outcast Beauties, a song she wrote recently that describes her and her friends, and hits me hard.
Clearly Schayde exhibits an extreme amount of talent when it comes to writing her own songs, and she writes, plays, and sings from the heart. For the entire performance I had goosebumps, and at certain points I felt a definite pull in my chest that threatened to spill into tears. It's hard to find music that affects you like that, and for me, that music is Schayde Dame's.
Another one of her impeccable talents is her ability to take a song and truly turn it into her own. If you are ever lucky enough to see Schayde perform, you'll hear exactly what I mean. For example she started the performance with a rendition of Britney Spears' 'Toxic' and it wasn't until she finished the first chorus that I realized it was a cover. She added such a unique sound to the song that I believed she had written it.
Schayde has no problem interacting with a crowd and grabbing the attention that she deserves. At this performance, I think Schayde managed to earn her newest and youngest fan, as this toddler was completely entranced by her, and through her performance she paused between verses to call out a quick "Hello!" with a smile that made the child's day.
At the end of the performance Schayde put down her guitar and stood up and looked out at the crowd with a big smile. "Thank you for bearing it with me, even through this nasty head cold!" she said, though it hadn't affected her performance one bit. She asked the audience to clap along with her, and we started clapping to the exact same beat and pace. Out of nowhere, Schayde started singing, and I laughed with a start when I realized what song we were clapping to. She did an acapella rendition Mercedes Benz by Janis Joplin, and us as the audience were included, and were her instrumental backup for her finale performance.
Wow. Another amazing performance from one of the most talented people I'm blessed to know. Schayde has always rocked it, and will continue to keep rocking it further and further into her musical career. Keep your eyes open for upcoming shows, like the one at the Shaker Mill Pub in Lake Cowichan on Saturday July 23, or any of her performances which I'm sure will be coming up at the Duncan Showroom.
Want to hear more? Check out her Soundcloud page.
Go give Schayde Dame Music a like on Facebook and contact her through there for a copy of her CD, or pick one up in person at the Duncan Showroom, at 133 Station Street, Duncan BC.
Rock on, Schayde!