Born and raised in Australia, based in Montréal, Québec he is the modern version of a medieval troubadour or minnesinge; those roaming musicians who composed music and poems denouncing the hypocrisy and praising the beauty of their times: Those wandering minstrels who travelled from place to place blending ideas and emotions into songs and melodies that enlightened and entertained the people who heard them; or so they hoped...
Like them, J.D. Sage plays his own music, sings his own words, most of the time...
Like them, he knows about borders and has travelled far in his search for forms of truth on high mountains, windy beaches, awesome coastlines, angry seas and strange lands.
He has been kindly supported in musical production by great musicians such as Garland Jeffreys, Colin Doroschuck (Men Without Hats) and Claude Ranger. Thanks also to Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan) for the use of the heritage Harmony electric guitar I used on one of my favorite songs called "Miners of Brazil" (AMERICAS and AMERICAS II albums). iTunes
Fascinated by psycho-acoustics, strings and campanology (the study of bells), he has combined these interests with his love of music and the oceans to create soothing and evocative lyrics and sounds. He has played many great bells around the world: The Great bell at Mingun, Burma (Myanmar); the Great bell at Kamakura, Japan; the big Hemmony bell in the Old Church of Amsterdam, Netherlands; and the Great bell in Havana Cathedral, Cuba.
"These sleepsongs may calm and I hope they do
Stretch your mind, make you feel good too
And if by chance they speak for you
It's proof to me the words are true"
J.D.Sage (Troubadour) Red Guitar Montreal Skyline. (Photo: Pierre Poulin)
J. D. Sage
J.D. Sage is indebted to the poetic tradition of Tang Dynasty China (618 a.d. - 907 a.d.);
the I-Ching (1558 b.c - 1050 b.c.?);
and the conceptions and modern verse of Bei Dao, "the poet who travels without a passport".