As a 20-year music veteran, Lee Ellefson’s seven previous CDs have always been connected with business. His latest compilation, Galamae, is purely personal though, the result of a difficult time in Lee’s life – the abduction of his young daughter by her mother one-and-a-half years ago.
Named after his daughter, the CD is a collection of work the Gabriola-based musician has compiled over the last two years.
“Writing [the songs] was part of me processing the emotions,” Lee said. “The processing I think was healthy.”
The record is mostly jazz instrumental, Lee’s musical focus over the years, with some Latin influences. He recorded the album at Vancouver Island University where he is a guitar instructor in the music department.
“The writing just came – that wasn’t something I had to force,” Lee said of the process. “It wasn’t something I’d ever planned to do.”
Galamae is now over two years old and Lee has not seen her, nor even a picture of her, since she was taken. He continues to fight his ex-wife in court for custody. Galamae is living in Thailand with her mother who is married to another Canadian man.
“I was a father that was totally psyched about being a father,” said Lee. “My ex removed my child from a healthy situation; there was nothing abusive or dangerous about the life she had…. Her motivations, whatever they were, were selfish.”
A concert is scheduled for April 12, 7 p.m., at the VIU theatre (building 310) where Lee will take the opportunity to discuss fathers’ rights and the court system. Tickets are available at Gabriola Artworks, Fascinating Rhythm and at the VIU music department for $12 ($10 for students). CDs will be on sale for $10.
“I’m hoping it helps me move forward a bit.”
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