Christina Martin // Americana UK Video Premiere of Leonard Cohen’s – Tonight Will Be Fine

posted by Christina Martin on Friday November 1

Christina Martin // Americana UK Video Premiere of Leonard Cohen’s – Tonight Will Be Fine

"This great cover of Leonard Cohen’s song is from Canadian singer-songwriter Christina Martin’s latest album ‘Wonderful Lie‘.  A brave one to take on, she pulls it off with aplomb, her powerful and emotional vocal making the song her own, which is no mean feat."
Jeremy Searle - Americana UK

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Just over half-way through her current cross-country tour, award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter Christina Martin has released her newest single and video for ‘Tonight Will Be Fine.’ Martin’s take on the Leonard Cohen classic is the latest from her seventh album, Wonderful Lie.

Taking on a Leonard Cohen song is a daring move.

“You kept right on loving, I went on a fast,
Now I am too thin, your love is too vast.”

Martin pulls it off, living inside the lyric, like Sinatra in his most seductive moments. She nails it with seeming ease, making a refined, thoughtful arrangement sound like the first take.

Martin with long-time lead guitarist and producer Dale Murray are perfectly matched on this song. Two seasoned performers can often come up with a great arrangement but the love and respect that flows between these two can’t be conjured.  They sparkle.  And they’re having fun, because they’re in love. You can’t fake that. It’s real and it’s obvious, lifting this song to a whole other level. Murray’s tasteful solo lends weight to the song, yet it’s light as a feather, never straying far from the melody.

“With the exception of ‘Closing Time’ I didn’t follow Cohen’s poetry or music when I was younger.” Martin says, crediting the video’s heavy rotation on MUCH Music throughout the early 1990s. “Within the last decade I spent time sifting through his catalogue online, curious if I would connect with his lyrics or a melody, and I discovered Teddy Thompson’s version of ‘Tonight Will Be Fine’.  The way Leonard Cohen sang the song on Songs From A Room wouldn’t have caught my attention, but Teddy’s version drew me in, and made me hang on every word.”

Long known and lauded for her signature indie pop-to-rock style, Wonderful Lie sees Martin wading effortlessly into the roots rock and Americana sound pool. Among the album’s 10 songs, four stand stellar as original compositions.

“This year felt like the right time to explore our take on six of my favourite songs,” she continues on the breadth of this, her seventh release. “The tie that binds across this album is that all the songs are mostly very stripped down in nature.”

Wonderful Lie lands amidst Martin’s extensive 49 date cross-country tour — from Newfoundland to British Columbia — and ahead of her forthcoming European and United Kingdom tour dates in 2020.

The video for ‘Tonight Will Be Fine’ — shot by Nicole Cecile Holland and edited by Carter Thurber — shows Martin and Murray at home in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia — an intimate performance at The Oxford Capitol Theatre, where she is set to perform a homecoming show this November 23rd.

“I’m someone who is sensitive to my environment and the people I spend time with. ‘I choose the rooms that I live in with care’ was a great line in Cohen’s song that I related to immediately” Martin says of the latest single. “And ‘tonight will be fine, will be fine, will be fine, for awhile’ is the bitter-sweet reminder that nothing lasts forever.”


November 3 @ House Concert, Valley View AB

November 4 @ Ironwood, Calgary AB

November 7 @ The Heatly, Vancouver BC

November 8 @ Bez Art Hub, Langley BC

November 9 @ The Dream Cafe, Penticton BC

November 13 @ The Bassment, Saskatoon SK

November 14 @ The Sunset Saloon House Concert, Winnipeg MB

November 15 @ Midtown Stage, Dryden ON

November 16 @ House Concert, Red Lake ON

November 19 @ Hugh’s Room, Toronto ON w/ Crissi Cochrane and Mary Stewart

November 20 @ House Concert, Montreal QC

November 22 @ Tipsy Muse, Fredericton NB

November 23 @ Oxford Capital Theatre, Oxford NS

November 29 @ The Carleton, Halifax NS