The journey through life is primarily a journey that seeks a place of belonging, a place of safety and compassion, a place for our hearts to call home. In this attempt to find a home we often find ourselves in settings where we feel lost and just simply feel like we don't belong.

Humanity survives by forming circles, tribes, social systems and distinctions of every description. These distinctions essentially separate and discriminate in order to create a sense of uniqueness that provides the group and the individual with a special sense of identity. As children, we experience this in school and later, as we become adults, these inner circles become more nuanced where divisions are formed on the basis of ideology, social or economic status, education, ethnicity, religion, nationalism and a host of other lesser things. We all seek to fit in somewhere, we all need to fit in.

Inclusion is just a short step from exclusion and this can happen within families and the closest of relationships. A familial group can form an exclusive group circle that excludes the other and when that "other" is you it can lead to a painful process of discovery and self-realization. There comes a moment when you realize that in order to become a part of this circle you will have to betray yourself and those thoughts and ideas and beliefs that you hold dear. Slowly you become aware that it feels like you are quietly beginning to dissipate and vaporize, you are losing touch with who you are. In a confused struggle to protect self, you begin to loosen the bonds to those within the circle that you now realize has excluded you. With time you begin to understand that no matter what you do or say you will never be included in that circle because the cost of entry to that circle requires that you become someone else.

Shadows require a source of light and are a dark two-dimensional reflection of the physical object that is between the light and a surface. Each of us has our own unique shadow but that shadow isn't who we are because it has no depth of feeling or dimension, no sense of being or purpose. When light leaves and is replaced by the darkness within an inner circle the deepest of relationships can become a Shadow that has lost its light.

You can’t embrace a Shadow and you can't become who you are not. The solution is to return to the source, alone, to reach for the light and to embrace that light. In that light, you will find love and in that love, you yourself will be the reflection.
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Elaine Lakeman
Lloyd English
Kaitie Sly
Fender Electric Bass
Buff Allen
Brett Ziegler
Organ and Pads
Danielle Lebeau-Petersen
Background vocals
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
Produced and arranged by Lloyd English
Socan all rights reserved copyright 2019
All songs written by Elaine Lakeman and Lloyd English

will be playing soon on the new

Upcoming Live Performances



Sunday, May 19, 2019 with:
Lloyd English  ~Guitar
Myles English  ~Guitar
Louis Rudner  ~Acoustic Bass
Dave Emery  ~Drum Kit


About Elaine
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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