first solo recording , a CD entitled "Made of Sky,"
(Mylodon Music, 1999) has won many friends.
Lavin described it in these terms:
a terrific new album by Canadian singer/songwriter
Tom Lips called Made of Sky. Tom possesses a deep,
beautiful voice (think James Keelaghan crossed with
Lyle Lovett) and is a masterful singing storyteller.
The production is first-rate, the ballads are soulful
and the funny stuff, is, well what can you say about
lyrics like "if you've got a yen for tall and scrawny
men/all I have to ask of you is, honey, where've you
been?/I'm a skinny white male out here looking for
love." I recommend this album highly and already know
it will be on my top ten list for the year 1999."
identified by fans of Made of Sky include a hauntingly
beautiful tribute to Tom's prairie ancestors ("The
Far Saskatchewan"); a reflection on the building of
the Canadian railroad ("Eyes Of Asia" -- co-written
with Joan MacIsaac); a rollicking gospel-style explanation
why "A Man Must Wear A Tie"; a bluesy celebration
of the "Skinny White Male"; a look into the soul of
an "Underground Parking Lot Attendant"; a faux-reggae
wish-list called "All I Want"; and some poignant songs
of love lost and found.
NEW: The digital version of this album, or individual tracks, can now be purchased online from CD Baby. Just click on the link below! (You can also order the physical CD from CD Baby, though if you are ordering from inside Canada we suggest you order directly from Mylodon Music by mail, using the CD order form.)