Friday, June 19, 2015

Lead Mule, FM Berlin, Kilmore and Crystal Porter at Plan B in Moncton

I'm awake! Ok. I've been awake for hours. I was disturbed from my slumber by a teenager who had been up for a little bit with an upset belly. Turns out he shouldn't have eaten that donair pizza right before bed. I never did manage to get back to sleep. Instead, I took care of some loose ends before hitting the road this afternoon.

We will be arriving in Truro a little later in the day to attend a Lead Mule and Kilmore show at Champions. Afterwards we will travel upward to Moncton where FM Berlin and I will join them on stage at Plan B. Super excited to be part of such a terrific lineup.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Good Friday, Good Burger

Here is a promo video for the upcoming show at Rodd's Grand Convention Center in Yarmouth, NS on Good Friday. I will be sharing the stage with Fossil Cliffs, Lead Mule and Rain Over St. Ambrose. It is going to be a great show! Make sure you get there early.

You can find the event page on Facebook, feel free to share with your friends.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Creative Winter Storms

Over the last month we've been hit by many winter storms. It is probably the most snow we've had in South Western, Nova Scotia in over a decade. The lakes are frozen, something that hasn't been accomplished over the past few years. Heck, we've had a hard time finding ponds that were frozen. It did not remain cold enough for it to freeze, the temperature would fluctuate so much. This year however, brought lots of snow, high winds and cold temperatures. Winter has landed and I don't think it is going anywhere.

Fortunately, we've managed to keep busy. We have Comet, our Christmas puppy, giving us a run for our money. He is quite clever and rambunctious, as Golden Retrievers are known to be. 

We've also been getting some much needed recording done around these parts. Mat has been recording his vocals for Lead Mule. By this time next month, I will be working on the finishing touches of my debut as well. 

In the meantime, I have been creatively consumed with music video production. I still have a few weeks left to dedicate to the project. My goal is to get as much done as I can before I get back in the studio. I'm very excited about this project and I can't wait to tell you more! Patience though. 

In the meantime, enjoy this picture of my cat Phoenix, enjoying her box on top of an amp.

Oh! Don't forget, you can also find me on YouTube

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Comet's Snow Day

Housebreaking a puppy can be challenging and I certainly have a lot to learn. I think, I am going to watch some videos by the Dog Whisperer to get a better handle on things. The odd bits of information I have received (about leash training and being a pack leader) have been helpful.

I look forward to the morning walks. He's only little and gets tired quickly, so I can't take him far. We have a large country property so there is plenty of room for him to run around. After he does his business and we walk around for a bit, I remove his leash and let him burn off some energy. I snapped a few photos of him while he was running around. 

He is a pretty cute and funny puppy, that's for sure. 

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The Sunshine Tastes Sweet, Like Candy! [On Writing]

I open up to a blank page with the intention of writing and I find myself staring at the page. Not because I can't think of anything to write, but because there are so many possibilities. Soon that blank page is replaced with words.

I can't help but feel excitement and perhaps even nervousness; like a mother about to give birth, eager to meet her child for the first time.

I don't often understand what has been written until it becomes more developed. But, I don't question the value of what is written, I just write and allow my imagination to shape something that has never existed in this exact form before.

This is not to say that we only write original things. We often learn about things by mimicking what already exists, sometimes we tell the same story from a new perspective. Often we marvel at the opportunity to tell stories that have moved us, we share those with the hope of moving others to feel what we have felt.

But while some of our stories are similar, there is a vast universe waiting to be expressed and experienced. We are explorers and we sail the muddy waters of language, sound and light. Each storm we traverse is thick with the tears of expression, felt. We find inspiration both from our minds exploring the universe as we sleep and our discoveries about our universe/world while awake.

Sometimes what we create is barely tangible and as abstract and restless as our dreams.

"...These monsters live in the shadows. They devour rays of sunshine, like candy, and excrete it from their tiny faces. But, probably the most fascinating characteristics of this monstrous breed is how they reproduce. The monsters are asexual and spend the first year of their life biologically tethered to their siblings. By the age of 1, these monsters are fully mature and will attempt to break free from the other siblings in the chain. This oddly enough, happens by devouring the other siblings, in what is perceived as a barbaric attempt to gain freedom.The strongest sibling, the only survivor, then orally expels a chain of offspring. Once the chain has been birthed, the parent figure often abandons its young. "

When we create, we bring to life our experiences, our fears, our pleasures. We often bring to life our observations and our dreams. We write about what we know, just as much as we write about what we would like to know and how we imagine it to be.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

In Focus on Eastlink TV

Last month I was on an episode of In Focus that was aired on Eastlink TV. I talk about music in my early years. I also discuss my grandfather and his influence on my music and creative self. I mention my upcoming album and I perform Peace of Mind and the Prophet. You can find the video below. Feel free to subscribe to my channel!


Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year, New Basement, New Puppy!

Happy New Year, everyone!! I know none of you have heard much from over the last little while. I hope that your holiday season has been wonderful. I've been very silent here over the last few months. We had renovated our home during the fall. We managed to get most of it done before Mat started lobster fishing at the end of November. The lobster season is a whole new kind of busy. It flips our schedules upside down. The house is quiet then and I get lonely. That was soon replaced with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. I only just sat down a couple days ago. Mostly because I was sick and needed rest. Aside from a couple songs and a sponsored post, I really hadn't had the time to dedicate towards this aspect of my life. However, regardless of the space of time between my posts, I find my way back.

We had to install a new chimney and wood stove in our home. Our basement was unfinished. It was musty. Our home is split level and the lower level did not have heat. We wanted to put a heat source in the basement and finish it off because it is our main entryway, our old stove needed to be replaced and I was scared to run it for another winter. The new chimney would be built where an old closet stood in the basement and would continue through two upstairs closets. The upstairs living room closet and dining room closet would be modified to encase around the chimney and redesigned to balance the storage space in each room. Making them much more efficient.

This is the basement now. One of these days I will post before/after shots of each modification. I can lay down on my basement floor now by the fire. I couldn't even think about laying on it before. When we lit our first fire in the new stove, I commented on how that room has never seen heat before. So many firsts.

We got our kids a puppy for Christmas, so a lot of time has been spent housebreaking him. I've lost a lot of sleep. It is just like having a baby in the house all over again. Despite all of that, he's a cute little fellow and his name is Comet. He is a handsome golden retriever. We got him from a breeder near Bridgewater, Nova Scotia on the 23rd of December. We managed to keep him hidden from the children for two days in the garage. Mat and I took shifts tending him. Every time the kids went outside I was scared the puppy would bark or whimper. I had the radio rather loud in the garage just in case. We usually keep it on all the time anyway. We like listening to CBC. Here is a video shot Christmas morning, the quality isn't good but it certainly captures the special moment. I'm laughing and crying at the same time, it was a very emotional experience for all of us. 

The new year promises wonderful things. I'll be releasing my debut album and house breaking this new puppy. I'm excited to see what else it promises. I hope your year is filled with happiness, bliss, wonder and abundance. Happy New Year to each of you.

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