Rockin’ In the Free World

How I love Canadian music and Canadian musicians. Let’s rhyme off a few who totally dig the scene – Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, The Band, Arcade Fire, Patrick Watson, The Hip, Rush, Joni Mitchell, Blue Rodeo, Rufus Wainwright, kd lang, Bryan Adams, Ron Sexsmith, David Francey, Bruce Cockburn, Ian Thornley, Anne Murray, The Guess Who,Continue reading “Rockin’ In the Free World”

Country Home

Recently I discovered a great new (or maybe old?), Canadian music talent … His name is David Francey. His story is very cool. He lived the bulk of his adult life working as a carpenter, tradesman and general labourer. All the while, he was writing songs about his life. But these songs never saw theContinue reading “Country Home”

What Happened Yesterday

They say it’s your birthday … This week marks Paul McCartney’s 71st birthday. Maybe the most famous musician on planet earth … My first memory of a Beatles song is listening to ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and being SCARED. Yup, actually getting frightened of the loneliness and the tragedy in the song. I can also vividly rememberContinue reading “What Happened Yesterday”

Here We Are In The Years

It’s been six months since I left my secure, full-time job to pursue other opportunities in life … … and I’ve never been happier. It hasn’t all been roses and sunshine, as I had my doubts and reservations early on (and still do at times …), but in the end it’s one of the bestContinue reading “Here We Are In The Years”

From Hank to Hendrix (…and Buckingham to Nicks)

As my songwriting journey winds it’s path, this week’s travels had me learning about myself and listening to some amazing artistry … Monday night my wife and I went to see the Stevie Nicks movie ‘In Your Dreams’. It’s a documentary on the making of her new album and reveals a side of her thatContinue reading “From Hank to Hendrix (…and Buckingham to Nicks)”

Field of Opportunity (…and for the love of the Jays!)

Statistically speaking, I love stats. When I was a little kid I couldn’t wait for the weekly hockey statistic updates in the newspaper. I’d pour over the leaders in goals, assists, plus/minus, wins, shutouts, etc etc …I would make my own stat-charts and maintain stat books that I still have to this day (no joke,Continue reading “Field of Opportunity (…and for the love of the Jays!)”

There’s A World

One thing about making this plunge into a life of music is … The positive vibes and great nature of musicians, everywhere! I’ve been lucky to have met many great people along this road, and bad vibes rarely exist along the path of making music. The positive spirit is alive and well in people whoContinue reading “There’s A World”

String Quartet From Whiskey Boot Hill

Another week in the life of a dreamer … In these early stages as a working musician and a redefining life course, I have found that one has to find new criteria for ‘what to do‘ during the day. And I never thought I’d be so busy … Music motivates me, so that’s not anContinue reading “String Quartet From Whiskey Boot Hill”