Friday, July 15, 2005

Some days it pays to get out of bed

It’s confirmed. The original Party Girl herself, Carolyn Mark, is making a live appearance on Dusty Trails for my pre-Folk Fest special.

Carolyn’s latest release, Just Married, further cements her party reputation with duets featuring other Canadians, including Corby Lund, Luke Doucet, the Silver Hearts , NQ Arbuckle and too many others to list. She has a wild sense of humour and a dramatic flair, which could make for a fun show.

I also finagled some goodies from the Folk Fest crew to give away during the show. Once again, it’s Sunday, July 31, from 2 to 4 p.m., on CJSR FM88.5

Read this or you will have five years of bad sex

It never fails to bug me when I get sent some inane e-mail warning me if I don’t forward it to everyone in my address book, bad luck will befall me. Even more annoying are the ones that claim some foundation will donate money to some sick kid every time the e-mail is forwarded, as if the Make-A-Wish foundation has some sophisticated e-mail tracking system no one has ever heard of.

Here’s news for you people: the e-mails are hoaxes and could even contain computer viruses. Your well-intentioned ignorance could be harming your friends’ PCs and damaging the reputation and credibility of groups that perform excellent charity work.

Normally, I just delete those e-mails without reading them. But now anyone who sends me chain e-mails will get this in return.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

On the road again . . . just can't wait to get on the road again

"The life I love is makin' music with my friends."
- Willie Nelson

Urk, it’s my second day back at work after 11 days off and I’m still not readjusted. It’s always difficult settling into my job after being away, made harder this time because I was on the road gigging with Melissa Majeau and the Muse down in the Rockies.

We were joined by Ann Vriend, who also hails from E-town. She had just returned from a few months in New York and no sooner then she got back, she had to fly out to Washington, D.C. to entertain the mucky-mucks at the Canadian Embassy for Canada Day.

Ann did, however, play with us for a couple of nights in Canmore and Banff. I was completely in awe of the powerful voice coming from her small frame. On one of the nights she played an interpretation of Van Morrison’s Crazy Love that haunts me even now.

My good buddy and former roommate Todd Stewart came down to see us at the Canmore Hotel, Alberta’s second oldest operating hotel. Todd played a few of the tracks he’s reworking at Stew Kirkwood’s studio and they were absolutely heavy. I can’t wait to hear the finished version – Todd released a CD earlier this year, but the newer recordings sound much better.

The Gordie Tentrees Band opened for us at the Ho’. Those Whitehorse boys have a good thing going (and know how to party). I was still out of town when they played at the Black Dog in Edmonton, but I hope their show was well received.

Then there was Banff. I’m not a big fan of tourist traps, but there’s something spiritual about playing music in the mountains. We had small but appreciative crowds both nights we played at the Rose & Crown, and I was sorta sad to pack up and leave.

Melissa had a good time as well; the drummer and I had to carry her out the first night after a couple celebrating their second anniversary and a pack of vacationing Brits kept buying us drink after drink. Ahhh, rock’n’roll…

So now it’s back to the nine-to-five, well, 8:15 to 4:30 in my case. Fortunately, I have a number of upcoming gigs with the Silver Spurs and Melissa in the next few months, including one at WayneFest this September.

Now if only I could find a way to make music pay better.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Before you pop your top

Feeling a little tense? Check out this tried-and-true stress relief method, courtesy of my friend Curly Heather.