LaVelle Powell - 'The Candy Cane Parade Song'

Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.

In this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we have a rather compelling artist to delve into. Typically, I’m met with an array of either solo or band projects here on the Spotlight. One of my favorite types of artist in the indie scene, though, is the independent composer. LaVelle Powell is an industry veteran with over thirty years of creative experience. His company is Cosmik Son Entertainment, and his latest composition is entitled ‘The Candy Cane Parade Song.’ Needless to say, it’s a holiday tune. Let’s get right into it.

One of the reasons I love independent composers is because they’re the epitome of authenticity. Unlike many of the artists I see on an everyday basis, composers aren’t inundated by the desire to create a ‘look.’ They write and produce music; it isn’t about a persona. Powell has that aura of authenticity to him. His latest endeavor is backed by the CSE (Cosmik Son Entertainment) Symphonic Orchestra. The outfit is an orchestra Powell has put together, and I’m not sure if its a full setup or partially synthesized. It sounds wholly full, though, and the production that accents it is equally as outstanding. Every instrument is elegantly highlighted and nothing feels overmixed or overbearing. That’s sometimes a difficult balance to strike for independent orchestral compositions.

‘The Candy Cane Parade Song’ does what it needs to exceedingly well. It’s uplifting, evocative of holiday cheer, and it most certainly feels like it would accompany a parade of elves and reindeer with Santa’s sleigh in tow. That said, I’m not entirely sure what the application of it is. It’s fun to listen to, but it’s too bombastic to be part of a holiday music playlist. It would be best served in a film or other piece of media, because on its own, it does have very limited application and consumption.

I really adore ‘The Candy Cane Parade Song.’ It’s well performed, intelligently composed, and it’s a great romp through holiday vibes. It may have a limited scope, but it’s a parade song, so it isn’t as if Powell wasn’t aware of that when he composed it. It’s very much worth your time to check out this holiday season if you celebrate Christmas. Who knows? Maybe Powell can swing some parades to play it. I could absolutely see a marching band performing this down Michigan Avenue. (I live in Chicago.)