Believe Me When I Say


Watercolour painting by Rachel Goossen | Graphic design by Jessica Goossen

It’s been a dream of mine for a decade to release my own music. Not in just a haphazard way, but properly—like going through the whole shebang of having it available on all the major music services.

Over the years, I’ve followed many artists, supported their releases, and figuratively stared in admiration at their accomplishments. I wanted to be on their side of things. I wanted to feel what they were feeling. This desire pushed me to write and record my own music over the past two years.

I’ll be honest, it was hard to keep motivated. I didn’t have a job for much of that time period. I felt like I was wasting away even though I was working diligently on my music.

Only now am I starting to feel a sense of accomplishment—two years later. I hope this doesn’t come off in a conceited way because it’s more of a ‘wow I put an insane number of hours into this thing and now it’s finally coming to fruition’ feeling (if that makes sense). And I’m ecstatic to share these swirling tracks that have been on my mind for some time with you.

A good chunk of my album reflects on the directionless life transition I was experiencing. I graduated university, broke up with my girlfriend at the time, and didn’t know where I was headed in my life.

I didn’t have the sense of direction I have now. As most of you know, I’m pursuing a communications career with the Creative Communications program at Red River College. The work we’ve done has me excited for the career opportunities to come. But what has been really special is the people I’ve met, who’ve inspired me to work hard and produce my very best in everything I do (whether it be in writing, designing, or filming).

Anyway, I’m getting too sappy. Know I had a blast in my first year of CreComm, and now I can focus on releasing some music.

I’ll announce my debut album in the next couple weeks, but for now enjoy my first single, “Believe Me When I Say” (and if you like it, please share it)!

This track is an introspective look into the realizations of a past relationship’s faults.

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“Believe Me When I Say” is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon MP3, and Bandcamp to purchase.

It’s also streaming on popular services like Apple MusicDeezer, SoundCloud, and even TIDAL (Do you know anyone who uses TIDAL? I don’t. But it’s there!)



Begonia – Lady in Mind (and on the Rise)

Alexa Dirks aka Begonia has cut her teeth in Winnipeg’s rich music scene for many years now.

She was a part of the harmonious a capella group turned alternative-rock outfit Chic Gamine and has now begun her solo venture under the moniker Begonia.

Begonia recently released her debut EP, Lady in Mind—an elegant five-song collection.

The lead track, “Juniper”, starts things off with a jolt. The music’s beat bounces in and Dirks’s vocals carry the track along nicely the rest of the way.

For the next four songs, she slows it right down and takes the listener on a saunter down her winding, soothing path of swelling synths and syncopating percussion.

This past week, Dirks performed with Royal Canoe at the red-carpet premiere for the motion picture Lovesick, which was composed by Royal Canoe’s Matthew Schellenberg.

Schellenberg wrote the soundtrack and featured great Winnipeg musicians in it, such as Matt Peters (Royal Canoe), John K. Samson (The Weakerthans), and Begonia.

Begonia performs with the Royal Canoe boys quite a bit and has written music with Schellenberg under the alias Courier News. Let’s hope some new material from them will surface soon.

Red River Risin’ – Music Runs in the Family

I believe nobody in our CreComm world knows about my dad’s songwriting talents.

In his musical career, he wrote for and played guitar on a children’s TV show and released a children’s gospel album named ‘Booster Shot’ (I might have some retro cassettes kicking around if you’re interested). He can also write astounding lyrics on the spot and is gathering some old recordings for a new release soon (hopefully).

I got most of my musical talents from him and I’m forever grateful. We have plans to collaborate more in the near future after I release some of my own music, but below is a throwback to a song of his that I contributed to. I tracked the drums for it, and it was really my first ever recording experience.

My dad wrote this song several years ago for Winnipeg and its annual flood-scare season. Enjoy…

p.s. I’ve also revealed my old Vimeo account… Don’t even try looking for incriminating clips. I’ve gone through all my old vlogs and changed the viewing privacy settings to ‘Only Me’. If you really want to watch goofy 18-year-old Manny’s travel videos, I guess you could ask me nicely. Although, I did upload a new video (my montage) on there for you to enjoy.