I started this post over a month ago - the day after we played the last 2 shows surrounding the actual CD release date of June 21st and my last shows for awhile with the full band - Geoff Hicks, Kirby Barber, Scott Smith, Cindy Fairbank and Julia Graff. A girl simply couldn’t ask for better. It took me a few decades to realize what is most important to me in players...it’s those who understand that we are all there to serve the music. It’s not about dazzling an audience with skill and prowess, (though they certainly can and do) but it’s about Serving The Song. And they get that and I love them so much for it - and for the exceptional humans that they are - kind, thoughtful, dedicated, and wickedly fun to be around!Read More
Clearly publicist Gwen Kallio is doing a great job! And I must say, the writers of these pieces have each produced articles with a remarkably low cringe value for the subject. Though some people assume artists are all about the attention, for most of us it’s just about the work. And when it’s time to put that work out in the world and the publicity machine fires up, most often I find myself mis-quoted and squirming as I read. So big thanks to Ben Bengston of the North Shore News, old friend Alex Varty with the venerable Georgia Straight, and Shawn Conner with his Five Reasons theme for helping to spread the word about the Centennial Concert on Tuesday and beating the drum about the new album in a well considered and classy way. Thanks all!
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I'm sitting in the back of a car careening down Interstate 5 en route to Eugene Oregon, with Julia and James in the front listening to podcasts. I'm so grateful James loves driving so I can catch up on things, like writing to tell you.... IT'S HERE!!!
The official release of "Back to Shore" is June 21 but you can order the CD or the digital album at Borealis Records right now!
The main CD release concert will take place at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver on Tues. June 18 – which is a committed and passionate community very supportive of the arts. The Centennial was keen to work with me to host the show which made it all so much easier. The availability of the musicians dictated the concert had to be on a Tuesday (June 18th), which according to an article Nancy White sent me years ago, is analyzed as the WORST night for drawing an audience. But hey, I’m a rebel and love a challenge so to hell with the statistics.
The official release of "Back to Shore" is June 21 but you can order the CD or the digital album at Borealis Records right now!Read More
I’m always in awe of how much havoc frozen water can wreak on our fussy little world - which, let’s face it, completely revolves around roads and cars. If we were still getting around with snowshoes and horses in the winter, it wouldn’t be so newsworthy! Though the inconveniences are consuming (my last week’s 5 hour flight to Montreal turning into 28 hours including 9 hours on the plane, an overnight in Quebec City and a train to Montreal) I still celebrate that Nature Rules - that snowflakes can bring everything to a halt. Yeah!Read More
If you only knew how often I think of writing you. But the sense of obligation to be deep and entertaining leads to protracted procrastination. My forte. Ironic that "pro" would be in any way involved in those words.
I can't even begin to do a recap of the year. Describing my own activities seems inappropriate given the daily Gong Show just south of us and the chaos beyond. We're all a bit anxious - cocooning into our lives, families, entertainment, whatever it takes to put one foot in front of the other and find meaning and a sense of connection to one another. For others it's triggering the kind of crazy that happens when kids feel like there's no adult in charge. Four years has never gone by so slowly.
I don’t even know where to start. There is just so much going on out there in the world that it makes my head spin most of the time. Thank god for music - that’s all I can say (no religious affiliation intended). Whether I’m thinking about it, writing it, planning its form of expression, or playing it to folks, it is the gift that keeps on giving. It makes me happy and deeply grateful. Sometimes it makes me cry. I feel so overwhelmed by what it does to us, for us, says about us - the stories shared, the hearts wooed and opened and cajoled into spilling. It’s our saving grace. Our safe place. And it’s so damn fun to play with other people!