I look out the window and see colour. I'm on the streets of St. John's once more, that's twice this year and it's great to be back home. Last time I was here it rained the whole two weeks, so far it's been sun and wind this time 'round. I think I will hike up to Signal Hill today, it's an amazing hike, right on the coast, so close to downtown and the view at the top is spectacular...however, that said, now I am looking outside and it appears in the time that it took me to write those first sentences the fog blew in and the Sunshine has been sucked right out of her. Holy smokes. Back to the drawing board. Tonight I will play my first Gig this trip, at The Grapevine. It's a swell place on the oldest street in North America, Water Street. There is a whole lot of history in this part of the world...not to mention the music scene. You can't believe how many talented artists are roaming around playing thier Sound, every night of the week you can find inspiration in the music makers here. Yesterday I was sitting in on a Traditional Irish session (I'm learning the Bodhran, irish drum) And the caliber of players playing beside me was the finest. I have often thought of moving back here, it crosses my mind a LOT. But flying off the Island to perform is a damn expensive trip...not to mention Island fever... which has taken me over in the past and is not at all pleasant!!! So trips here and there will have to suffice it for now. One never knows where one will wind up, so it's great to have another option. That said, it's ridiculous to think about how many options we actually do have...sometimes I can't sleep with the possibilities darting back and forth inside my head... mostly what I haven't done yet!!! There are so many stages that are waiting for me, it blows my mind to think of what's actually out there. And how am I going to get there??? One step at a time, I know, but the thing is, my brain has already focused in on the spotlights, and bustle of shows. I can see the prize, there are just a few mountains to climb. Speaking of mountains to climb, I'm gonna go get some fresh ocean air into my lungs, and hope the view is as spectacular, even with the fog...Lxo
Let’s face it, if you are a singer of ANY kind, and please God you are!! (Showers, cars, anywhere will do!) We are all in the same boat (no pun intended). It has been a WET summer, I think the sun shone on Tuesday this year, and I am sorry to say that once again, it is raining. So here I sit with no internet access out at the cottage, over-looking the lake, under a thunder and lightning storm, typing to you!! It’s so loud under the tin roof out here that there is no use trying to chat with my folks, so card playing will do for now… though my Mum keeps winning, so I think I’m happier here, thinking of what to say to you. The world is going to heck so I won’t talk about it. Canada has won its 13th medal as of today… or was it last night? I can’t tell, but the one race I have watched was won by a guy I used to go to school with! Brian Price, coxswain, Olympic Gold Winner, rowing. It blew me away, seeing that, and lucking into the moment itself. I’m not largely into the Olympics, partly because I don’t have a television (or a house for that matter) and partly because, well, I like watching sports live…Anyway, here we are, a WHOLE bunch of wet Canadians, just waiting for the sun. I say bring it on, I’m ready!! In the meantime, if you aren’t busy on Thursday night, the 21st of August, please don’t hesitate to come see me and my band play at The Black Sheep Inn. There are three great bands playing that night, Little Miss Higgins, T Nile and of course, us. Be prepared to be inspired… and truly I thank GOD (or who/whatever it is out there…) for music, cuz there ain’t no rainstorm thats gonna take away my song….