About Let Your Love Be Bold:

A 13-song album released in February 2022.  Steve shares his thoughts about the album, ‘Let Your Love Be Bold’.

Let Your Love Be Bold

“It’s all about the progression.  I couldn’t sing a different melody over the progression, so I’m mostly singing along with the guitar.  Lyrically, I don’t really remember much other than having the first line and then the rest fell from the sky, as words will do.  I do like the arrangement.  It’s got a good vibe to it and the message is solid.”

Barefoot Stroll

“It’s a bit musically weird in that it shifts back and forth in time signatures, so it was tough finding drums that worked.  I had to cut and paste loops to keep lining up because there’s all these extra beats that keep popping up.  It’s an interesting progression and lyrically it touches on a few things.  It was during lockdown, when people looked at you funny just for walking around the neighbourhood. Contrast that to a childhood of spending all summer running around the neighbourhood with bare feet.  So the freedom of childhood and the freedom of that era in the seventies.  The freedom to live and speak your mind. To not live in fear.”


“Just a basic rocker.  The frustration of people expecting you to be able to read their minds.”

So Help Me, God

“Pretty straightforward lyrically.  Frustration over truth suppression, government and society shutting down freedom of speech. People so dug into their positions and unwilling to have a civil discussion or debate.  What a world. So much fear mongering and alarmism.  We aren’t made to live in fear.”

Lord, Bless That Woman

“That’s another song about my crush, the lovely … name withheld for privacy reasons.  Ha!  She doesn’t know that I exist.  She’s still always on my mind and I still wish she lived near me and I hope that if we ever meet that I’ll make a good first impression.  That’s this fool’s fantasy.”

Oasis Bound

“I like this progression.  It started with the little riff and I kept trying to go somewhere different with the verse chord progression.  When I was trying to come up with words for the melody, the first word that came to me was Mesopotamia. Who knows why.  I remember it from the Old Testament, but I had to look it up to find out where it is or was.  It means ‘land between the rivers flow’ and I thought, I can work with that.  So it turned into a story about a guy lost in the desert due to his own foolish decisions and now he’s longing to find his way out of the desert back to his land of ice and snow.  Which would be Canada, not wherever Led Zep was singing about.”

Going South

“It’s more bluesy that I usually write, and the middle was just trying to change it up rather than following a more common pattern like the balance of the song.  A story about a guy experiencing life not quite going his way.  Truck breaks down.  Boat sinks.  Walls crumble. It’s all just going south.”

He Who Throws Stones

“I was strumming three chords and I thought, wow this is nice, I like this.  Then I realized I was playing the intro to Night Moves by Bob Seger.  So I changed the strumming pattern on the main riff, which I thought was kind of a Pete Townshend sort of thing, and the other part in the pre-chorus seemed like a Stonesy sort of thing.  So I thought, hmmm, kind of a bit of Who and kind of a bit of Stones.  Who. Stones.  Who throws stones.  He who throws stones.  So I titled it and then had to right words about somebody throwing stones.  That’s written in August/September of 2020, so there were all the riots in the US going on at the time.”

Reason To Cheer

“I had watched a mini-series called ‘The English Game’ which was about the origins of soccer in England and how the upper class didn’t want the working class taking over or being involved in the game.  It reminded me of hockey in Canada, where the rink in a small town is the community gathering place.  In some Canadian small towns, when the rink closes down, the town basically dies.  It’s a rallying point for community and camaraderie, and sports, whether it’s hockey, soccer, basketball, whatever, it gives people a common ground to cheer for their team.  So the TV series affected me, while at the same time, the lockdowns started and the NHL postponed their season, along with most professional sports.  So we lost that thing to cheer for, the thing that can cheer us up when we watch our team winning.”

The Hinky Dinky Doo

“It may be my favourite song title. Ha! Just a ditty with Scotty playing a bunch of leads over it.”

Oh No

“Well, in the immortal words of Graham Chapman, ‘that’s just silly’.  A little reggae to change things up.”

Brighter Day

“The last couple of years have been a drag for most people.  So I wanted to write something to be an encouragement.

Call On The Name Of The Lord

“That’s an old song, written in 1985.  Sometimes I dig through the old songs and find one that I liked and still feel connected to.  So, that one remains relevant for me.  My life is an endless outpouring of the grace and mercy of God.”


Scott Laurie plays lead guitar solos on the following tracks:

  • Barefoot Stroll
  • Feedback
  • So Help Me, God
  • Lord, Bless That Woman
  • Going South
  • He Who Throws Stones
  • The Hinky Dinky Doo
  • Brighter Day

Mastering by Carlin Nicholson, Pineship Sound.


Let Your Love Be Bold

Steve Laurie

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