90s European Train Busking Tour 

One of the defining moments in my life as an artist was becoming house musician at a pub called "Derringer's". A hole-in-the-wall in a "rough around the edges" part of town; exactly where I belonged, some might say. This was in the early 90s and, over the years there, I got to know the locals, the regulars and the staff pretty well and developed a crazy awesome following made up of university students and rugby players among other rowdy, fun loving types.  

Since I was late for everything in life EXCEPT my…

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Vie & the Train Whistle 

I wrote Nowherebound Train in 1992 and originally recorded and released it on cassette in 1993. I had borrowed my friend Rick Watson's Fostex 4-Track recorder and cranked out 26 songs in one weekend from the comfort of my tiny basement apartment in Hull. My long time friends Johnny & Sylvie and my beautiful Goddaughter Cassie (whose sister, Jess, was not yet among us) lived on the top floor of that same building.

Vie (Sylvie) came down every now and then to sit in and listen as I tracked song after song…

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1st Recess 

The hustle & bustle sounds of "1st Recess" just joined the cool not-yet-fall breeze coming through my open windows. The school next door is providing a dose of normalcy even to those in my neighbourhood who may not recognize it as such. For some, it will be absorbed subconsciously. 

For me, I hear the peeps and squeals of the playful children's voices in the schoolyard. The same schoolyard my three children once enjoyed recesses in and I am drawn to their resilient joy, wistful release of a partially stolen…

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My personal views on #BlackLivesMatter 

 

Note: Proving I have much to learn, since having written the post below, it came to my attention there is an actual organisation called "Black Lives Matter". My post was written speaking to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and I hope you will see what I feel it means below. This should not be regarded as an endorsement of the organisation for the simple reason that I do not know, and cannot pretend to fully understand their platform. However, this quote from their main landing page "…

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Busking for Hearts... 

It was 1980 something and I was downtown Ottawa near the corner of Rideau & King Edward waiting for my brother to get off shift. Had my guitar and so I pulled it out and started playing. Before long, a man came along, motioned to my guitar case and said "Open it." That's when I noticed he had a dollar bill in his hand (the Loonie was still a few years away). I smiled, shook my head no, and continued singing. He got flustered, took a step, and in a moment of defiance, flipped open my case and put the money…

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The Evergreens are covered in snow... 

I know I'm a rough-around-the-edges, scruffy and scrappy looking guy but there's nothing, and I really do mean nothing, that softens my heart like the time that spans Thanksgiving to the New Year. I am, time and again, a wilful participant in all that is Christmas. From the first cinnamon scented candle lit, right through to the last serving of leftover "Turkey on Toast", the entire season is like walking through a box-store department sized duvet emporium with free samples freshly out of the dryer.

Ya. You…

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LOST LYRICS: "Better Learn to Climb" 

As I dust off the old studio equipment to begin recording new works, it stands to reason I'd come across old scribbled notes in amongst the technical plots, charts and templates. Like cookie crumbs leading me back through a forgotten trail, I can't help but walk back down the path in wonder.

Coming across old hand-written lyric sheets, particularly for songs I've long ago released, is exactly what happened to me tonight. The songs have been played a thousand times; whether in the studio, during practise…

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Free album download 

First come, first served! To redeem this single-use promo code, cdBaby (the best independent music store on the web) will require you to create an account but will *not* ask for credit card info or anything other than a name and eMail address. (More free codes to come. "Like" the page on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram to up your chances of claiming the next one if someone nabbed this one before you.)

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Here's where to redeem it: cdbaby.com/rede

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Intervention 

After a nearly 10 year sabbatical, I've gradually brought my fingers and vocals back to half-decent shape (nothing I can do about the face - made for radio). Here's my latest creation from Big Fan Studios (aka my living room).

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DOGS > gods 

"If any of these gods people talk about displayed even a fraction of this type of love, I'd sign up. Instead, they're a pack of capricious pricks." - Me (ya, I said that... in fact I Tweeted it and some guy named "Guisus Khrist" liked it. So there!)