I wasn’t plucked from a cabbage patch, or brought into this world via stork, or even a hospital. I know this because my parents told me they reached into the Milky Way and picked a star.
And that star was me.

On dark winter nights in Edmonton my Mother and I would bundle up and go for walks under the endless prairie skies. She would tell me the story of how she told her little girl that she was chosen from the stars. Even as an adult that story filled me with comfort. As the years passed and I moved into big cities the stars were no longer as easy to see, and neither were my parents. I missed them, the stars and my Mom and Dad.
Not long after that my Mom became one of those stars.

 Around 1997 I went on a road trip with my Father, to the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic towards the tip of the palm forested Samana Peninsula, where the sandy road ends and the tiny village of Las Galeras begins. On arrival, it felt and looked like the end of the earth. A few little stores, a few tiny earthy restaurants and most remarkably, a small peach-colored adobe hotel planted on the most exquisite beach. We discovered a part of the world that seemed to be all our own.
It was like we had stepped into an alternate reality of idyllic beauty where time stood still.

As soon as we drove up we were spotted by some local village women. They ran to us waving strings of fresh fish and very large Lagostina, (one of my favorite delicacies, very similar to lobster but softer and sweeter). Speaking a blend of Spanish, French and Haitian Creole they tried to communicate while taking our hands and leading us to a ramshackle mess of tin and wood hammered together to resemble a roof and walls. There was an old BBQ of sorts, a light bulb hanging from a single wire, a couple of pots and some old dilapidated picnic benches embedded deep in the sand with the ocean lapping the shore only a few feet from them. We finally managed to interpret what they were trying to say.
They wanted to cook a meal for us.

We found some wine at a little Italian store a short walk back, and while we walked they prepared food. Fried plantains and moro de habichuelas (rice and beans). She split the Lagostinas open and BBQ’d with mantequilla de ajo (garlic butter) in their shells while the sun dipped into the ocean and revealed the sky it was hiding.

 My Dad and I sat on the beach and the sky was beginning to unfold into a spectacle of light, a light that covered us and surrounded us with a presence that warmed us from the inside and overwhelmed and touched us. Tears filled my eyes as I watched the moon nestle into this luminous peace.

 “We are all so small,” I said to my Dad. “Did I come from there?” My Dad answered softly, “Yes, Lainey, you did!”

We stopped talking and listened to the waves whisper to the sky and watched the moon, whose light kissed the ocean and we shared it all with Mom. Shared a moment in which time did not exist. I thought to myself that this must be a place that God lives. I felt at home, back at home with the stars.
Back at home with Mom and Dad.
Elaine Lakeman
Lloyd English
Kaitie Sly
Fender Electric Bass
Buff Allen
Brett Ziegler
Organ and Pads

Diana English
Background vocals & keyboard
Zak Cohen
Drum & bass tracking Woodshop Studios, Duncan,BC
Myles English
Mixing, Mastering & tracking at
Das Hous Studio,
Salt Spring Island, BC

Dylan Davies
Scratch sessions tracking

Elaine was born in Edmonton, Alberta and began performing and singing as a child. Her endless energy and need for a stage was often answered by her mother locking her in her room which didn’t deter Lainey from attending Grant MacEwan College in the theatre arts and dance program.

This new and larger venue not only gave her the opportunity to perform on stage and dance without knocking things over but it also likely contributed to saving her parent's marriage.

After graduating from Grant MacEwan, Elaine moved to Montreal where she became a member of the Actors Studio. This connection landed her several parts in American films as well as some local professional theatre productions. In turn, this led to a European tour with a theatre group that entertained troops overseas. Upon her return to Quebec, Elaine continued to act and perform in local theatre and film. Exhaustion and family eventually pulled her back home to Edmonton where she continued to do commercial work and soon landed a lead actress part in the film Sentimental Reasons. The smell of ocean air eventually called her to the British Columbia coast where she continued to work as an actress and got a supporting role in an American/Canadian film called Honeymoon while at the same time continuing to do commercials.

Over the years Elaine developed a special relationship to the Dominican Republic where she has become a Dominicanado. This adoption has led her to perform on many occasions with local professional musicians in a number of diverse local venues and events including television. Locally Elaine has rededicated herself to singing, writing and performing as a chanteuse in local venues. Her recently released album When It Rains, recorded in Victoria, has received an enthusiastic response locally and internationally.

Currently, her second and this time all original album has been recorded by some of the most respected musicians on the west coast and is due for release in 2019. (Note: Songs being released as singles over the next few months, with first release January 7, 2019). Elaine is now developing and rehearsing a show for this new album which will be presented live in the Fall of 2019.

Copyright ©2019 Elaine Lakeman, All rights reserved.

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