North was recorded and released in 2007. The songs on the album range from rockers (Hope Breaks Through) to reggae (The Lonely Camel) and ballads (Somebody's Leaving, So The Story Goes). All songs were written, arranged, recorded and performed by Steve. The notable exception being that the album featured Scott Laurie playing lead guitars on Doin' Time, and a solo on the title track, North.
About the Songs on North
The album kicks off with Hope Breaks Through, a rocker with a message of encouragement ... "Give some inspiration in a cup of admiration ... Cause some jubilation and spread some joy around ... Hope breaks through, when life breaks you."
The Lonely Camel (the title being a tip of the hat to The Police), is a reggae track with a comical view on loneliness. Time Stands Still For No One is back to rock with a theme on the quick passage of time and the desire to spend it wisely ... "Time stands still for no one, we all know it’s true ... Lord, help me spend my time, Avoiding wrong for right." The other album rocker is Where Have All Our Heroes Gone, with a lament to bring back heroes from the past ... "Bring back Bobby Orr, Stevie Wonder, the Fonz, John Glenn, the Lone Ranger, Bobby Kennedy, Terry Fox, Roy Rogers, The Six Million Dollar Man and Abraham Lincoln."
The ballads on North cover various themes; watching a loved one leave (Somebody's Leaving), forsaking a relationship for the ideal of something better and living with the regret (Fools Gold), the solitude and anguish of prison life (Doin' Time), and romantic fantasy (So The Story Goes).
The title track is a slice of Canadiana, with the grief of loss of soldiers in battle, the Canadian courage to be meek, and the hope for kindness to change the world ... "Oh it gets harder every day, Oh but don't be led astray, Oh show some kindness every day, And you'll change the world, You'll change the world for good."