Times Colonist

Steven Point puts royal stamp on CD

Lieutenant governor makes music in support of Salvation Army project

- AMY SMART asmart@timescolon­ist.com

Representi­ng the Crown in British Columbia apparently wasn’t enough for Lt.-gov. Steven Point.

Point recently entered the world of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll — minus two and a half of those vices (even rock ’n’ roll may be a stretch) — to release a CD, in a fundraisin­g effort for the Salvation Army.

“Everybody wants to be a rock star, right? But at my age I don’t know if I’ll make it,” Point said with a laugh. “I turned 60 this year, so me and Mick Jagger have [something] in common.”

Actually, Your Honour, Jagger is 68. There’s time yet.

A Dedication to the People of British Columbia, released in collaborat­ion with Victoria musicians, is available by donation through the Salvation Army. The disc features two songs with music and lyrics by Point.

“I don’t read music, I’m not trained in music, but I’ve always enjoyed music,” he said. “And I’ve always had an aptitude for it.”

Point named Elvis, Bob Dylan and the Beatles among his favourite musicians, but also said he has a soft spot for soul and Motown.

It won’t be his first foray into that creative realm — having written several songs for his group, the Yellow Buffalo Calf Drummers, on the powwow circuit.

Point had already written both songs that appear on the disc when he learned about the Salvation Army’s Beacon of Hope House in Victoria, an addiction recovery centre for male youth.

“I mentioned to the person in charge at the time that it’s great to work with boys, but try not to forget about the girls, because they need help too,” he said.

The Salvation Army took his advice to heart and is securing funds for the Beacon of Light House, with help from sales of the disc.

“They said, ‘Your Honour, we took your advice,’ ” he said. “So I thought, I should help them.” The CD was his idea.

British Columbia, Point’s first song on the disc, blends aboriginal and contempora­ry music — features musical arrangemen­ts by the Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific, with vocals by the Victoria Good News Choir and percussion by the Unity Drummers and Singers.

“It’s under the theme of reconcilia­tion and how we can use music to bring us together,” Point said.

He performs vocals on his second song, God, Grant Me a Sign, with backup from the Victoria Good News Choir.

As for a future career in music, Point said it’s not part of his plan.

“I’m a judge. I’ll probably be retiring on the bench,” he said.

“My wife and I will get into our motor home and go west.”

 ??  ?? Lt.-gov. Steven Point plays guitar in the garden outside Government House. He sings two songs on a fundraisin­g CD called, A Dedication to the People of British Columbia.
Lt.-gov. Steven Point plays guitar in the garden outside Government House. He sings two songs on a fundraisin­g CD called, A Dedication to the People of British Columbia.

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