New Desigual arrivals for men at Angel Vancouver

We have two new Desigual shirts that recently arrived. The first is called Bleached Me and has circular patterns on faded blue denim. The second is called Akane and has a kabuki-style Japanese figure on one side. We also have a new scarf for men called Letras Bis, and two new long-sleeved T-shirts:Desigual.Bleached.Me.shirt.$144 Desigual.Akane.shirt.$124 Desigual.Letras.Bis.scarf.$74 Desigual.Elvis.singing.T.shirt.$99


Angel Vancouver has the largest selection in Vancouver of the Bacelona-based Desigual clothing line for men, women and kids. We recently received a new Desigual shipment that included a number of fall coats and sweaters for women, plus Desigual shoes,  boots and some colourful rain boots.

Angel also specializes in custom hand-painted shirts. I’m now taking orders for Christmas. Locally made, painted by hand. You won’t find these shirts anywhere else in the world except at Angel Vancouver. We ship worldwide. Call (604) 681-0947 or email jackie@ carrall&powell.1886Angel Vancouver is located at No. 2 Powell Street in the Gastown district of Vancouver, Canada. Our store is on the corner of Powell & Carrall Street in Maple Tree Square, which is where Vancouver began.  The photo above shows what my store looked like in 1886.

Desigual’s slogan is La Vida es Chula (Life is Cool)! Today’s music is River by Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell. This version ios her studio version released on her album Blue:. We did have another version, a live version from Royal Albert Hall from 1970, but it was removed from YouTube….The man in the video footage is Graham Nash, who was with the English band The Hollies when he met Joni. While at Joni’s house in L.A., Nash met Stephen Stills and David Crosby, leading them to form Crosby Stills & Nash ( Canadian Neil Young joined later, when the band became Crosby Stills Nash & Young). Joni wrote Woodstock for the first CSN&Y album. Young and Stills had played together in the ’60s band Buffalo Springfield.


by Joni Mitchell

It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

But it don’t snow here
It stays pretty green
I’m going to make a lot of money
Then I’m going to quit this crazy scene
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
I wish I had a river I could skate away on
I made my baby cry

He tried hard to help me
You know, he put me at ease
And he loved me so naughty
Made me weak in the knees
Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I’m so hard to handle
I’m selfish and I’m sad
Now I’ve gone and lost the best baby
That I ever had
I wish I had a river I could skate away on

Oh, I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I made my baby say goodbye

It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
I wish I had a river I could skate away on
© 1970. Joni Mitchell

Joni lives in Los Angeles but still has a home on the “Sunshine Coast” of British Columbia near Vancouver, at a place called Pender Harbour. Rick Scott, a Vancouver musician who was a member of the trio Pied Pumkin, recalled this story (from Joni’s website) of meeting Joni and Graham Nash while hitchhiking to Pender Harbour in 1971:

(Joe Mock, a former member of Pied Pumkin, wrote:) JR Stone, master dulcimer builder, is not doing well. Some of you may remember him from the early 70s when he lived in Vancouver. He built a dulcimer for Rick Scott and performed with him and Shari Ulrich in a group called Shari, Scott and Stone. He had a pivotal influence on my life. When JR moved back to North Carolina, I took his place and the group became the Pied Pumkin. JR also built a dulcimer for Joni Mitchell. Who knows how many a tune may have come from instruments of his making? I and many have much to be grateful for and send our thanks and care to him who rests in a hospital awaiting his time of passage. (He died February 2013.)

Here is a road tale by Rick Scott from that encounter.

“In 1971, I was hitchhiking with my wife Sue, my friend JR Stone and my dog Mousse up the Sechelt (Sunshine) Coast of British Columbia. It was tough for three hippies with a dog to catch a ride, but after about half an hour a woman driving a beat up Ford Pinto pulled over. Big and shaggy, Mousse immediately climbed into the front seat and laid his head down in the driver’s lap. JR slid in next to him, Sue and I got in the back and we headed off down the road.

The woman was patting Mousse’s head and complimenting us on what a nice dog he was. She asked us how far we were going… about 30 kilometers to Pender Harbour. Between her question and our ability to answer, there was a group realization that the driver was Joni Mitchell. Each of us took turns trying to articulate the name of our destination, but all that came out was stammering. When we finally managed to tell her, she said she could take us almost all the way but she had to stop off at Lord Jim’s Lodge to pick up a friend. She said they might go to the pub and if we were still hitchhiking when they came out they would give us a ride the rest of the way. I think we just sat there staring at Joni Mitchell stroking Mousse’s head. I was fantasizing that in the next life I might be lucky enough to come back as a dog.

When we got to the turnoff she pulled over and as we were getting out she noticed my instrument case and asked what it was. When I told her it was a dulcimer she said, “Way out, can I see it?” The next thing I knew she was examining my dulcimer with great interest. JR Stone is a soft spoken North Carolina mountain man of few words, so I volunteered the information that he had built my instrument. She beamed at him and examined the dulcimer even more closely. After a few minutes she asked if he would build her one. With a great deal of difficulty he finally managed to answer. “Sure.”

As Joni left us, she renewed her offer to take us further later and asked JR where she could find him. We told her where we would be for the weekend. We couldn’t believe what had happened and didn’t think we’d ever see her again. Nonetheless, we stopped hitchhiking and just stood by the road. An hour later she came back down the road with her friend in the passenger seat and stopped to pick us up. Paying no mind to the passenger, Mousse jumped onto his lap and settled back down with his head on Joni. We all squeezed in the back and she introduced us to Graham (Nash). She drove us to Pender Harbour and the next day came to visit to discuss dulcimer specifications with JR. I was amazed when she took up my dulcimer, tuned all the strings to the same note and proceeded to play, A Case Of You from her BLUE album. It seems ‘less is more’ is a very dulcimer thing.

Over the next three weeks JR built her an exquisite mountain dulcimer. But it took him another week to deliver it because he was so shy. She was so delighted she paid him a hundred dollars more than his original quote, which I think was $300. Over 20 years later, in 1996, I was reading a Rolling Stone article about Joni and in the accompanying photograph there she was with JR’s dulcimer hanging on the wall behind her. I must admit I felt a twinge of jealousy that JR got in Rolling Stone before I did. JR Stone still lives and builds amazing instruments in Boone, North Carolina. He has built me several four string dulcimers and a 6 string and bass dulcimer as well.
Singer-songwriter Rick Scott is one of Canada’s best known dulcimer players.

Here is a video of the song Rick talked about that Joni played on Rick’s dulcimer:

This is the Pied Pumkin, reunited last year, singing (Fear of) Flying: And here’s Shari Ulrich with Valdy & the Hometown Band singing the same song in 1977:

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