It's nighttime in the Gatineau, and I am almost certain if the wind was blowing the right way, I might even hear the sounds of cheers & song coming from Le Breton Flats, home to the legendary Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, not quite a twenty minute drive out of these here Hills. What a week it's been, and there is still one more left! Between band rehearsals, interviews with CTV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZN1MIRXSVY with the A channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i96cwf8A1SQ and performances at the festival http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NDHyKiyiJI&feature=related this week has been STELLAR!! On Thursday night we, the band and I, opened with a set ahead of The Moody Blues... they were great, and I was surprised at how many of their songs I actually knew, most of them bringing back memories from the good ole days when Saturday's were spent listening to music with my Mum. In any case, the show was a BLAST and we had it all recorded, with hopes that I can put a compilation of live sounds together for YOU kind readers out there... time will tell! On Friday, perhaps the most interesting night of performers (to me anyway) The John Butler Trio, Gord Downie & his new band, Courney Love & Joan Jett... what a NIGHT! Fortunately I had a SOLO gig in the Theatre in the War Museum, but unfortunately I missed one of my all time favourite music makers and lyricists, Mr. Downie and missed dancing with John Butler, but one can't be everywhere and luckily there is still a week left! So, tonight, I think I will finally sleep WELL. All this heat has made it almost unbearable to be anywhere that doesn't have a water source to jump into...here's thanking the Universe for creating that wonderful Gatineau River. And cheers to the music Lovers, I shall see YOU at The Bluesfest!! (One last thing, the "Be in the Band" performances are on Sunday the 18th. I, along with Mike Dubue from Ottawa's "Hilotrons" have been teaching some kids at Patro Community Centre on how to be in a BAND!! Wait til you hear the song they wrote and will perform on the 18th!! Exciting project indeed! There will also be other performances from other school and community centres around Ottawa, all courtesy of Mark Monahan & The Ottawa Bluesfest.. COME ONE COME ALL and see these kids realizing their musical dreams for the first time!!!)
Greetings my Beloved Readers... Somedays, nothing seems beloved, there's only a vast empty hollow dark spot, where once there was singing & dancing & thinking about great things. It's strange really, who's to say what we're gonna feel like when we wake up... sometimes good, sometimes not so good. I can totally understand, feeling empty after a great night out... using up all the good stuff on dancing, drinking and talking (maybe a bit too much!) But this whole going to bed early with a nice Cuppa Tea... then getting up & wanting to stay in bed all day... what is that about when there's too much to do to be lazy... Ah well, there are so many damn questions out there to be answered and I suppose life is what happens in the meantime. Now, don't get me wrong, I certainly couldn't be writing this if I was feeling hollow, no I don't go out or answer the phone when I'm in that place... It's easy to talk about this shit after the fact... and seeing as there are no answers, you just have to go through it, hanging onto the rhythm, knowing that will never stop...Thank god for the rhythm.