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…Read more
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.
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…Read more
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Here's where to redeem it: cdbaby.com/rede…Read more
"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!)
Came across this old video while setting up my new studio. This was many moons ago (2000 I think) at a United Way benefit held at the Palladium (as it was called back then). Friends drew the highest bid (a whopping $25) to get me to go up and do Joe Walsh's Rocky Mountain Way.
It was goofy fun but the band was outstanding (apologies, I don't know their name but recognized more than a few of their faces as gents who worked at Steve's Music downtown Ottawa). Quite the unexpected thrill to share the stage…Read more
Quite possibly one of the greatest foods ever invented is cheesecake. I've lost at least 25% of you with just that opening sentence. This isn't about cheesecake... much... I promise.
On with the cheesecake.
Possibly one of my top 5 favourite foods is a thing called "Cherry Cheesecake" where the cheesecake is bathed in a thick preserve complete with deliciously plump cherries. This isn't about cherry cheesecake either... I promise.
Back to the cheesecake.
Earlier today, I just happened to land here …Read more
ˈspektryəm/ noun 1. used to classify the expression of pleasure in eating, or the prospect of eating, a particular food, or to suggest that its consumption can be classified, in terms of its position on a pleasure scale between two extreme or opposite points, e.g. "at the very top or the very bottom of the spectryum". Origin: See 2018-01-27 blog post
Here are the answers to the questions asked along with my song submission:- Tell us something about you that would surprise us! When I was 14, I wrote my first song, slipped it into "that girl's" locker, swore I'd never wear a tie or work for the government. It won't surprise you that none of those things worked out except for the songwriting... I stopped counting at 700. Perhaps the most surprising part of that is my daughter wrote 50 of her own before her 14th birthday. She should be in this comp. …