So I am getting ever closer to the start of the recording of the new record. Everybody is standing by. The fundraising Indiegogo campaign has only 10 days left and it’s gotten almost 3,000 dollars in funding….to which I can’t say thank you enough you crazy believers you!
I am anxious and excited and I’m doing that thing I always do before a project starts…”I’m not ready…I am SO ready…No one will like it…I don’t care if no one gets it it’s my best work….I am writing the best song ever who’s that on the Oscars…I am hungry …don’t bother me with hunger I am creating..blah blah…” you know the usual.
I am proud of these songs. Really proud. It is a maturity in my writing and I am excited. Scared shipless but excited. I can’t wait to show them to you all. I simply can’t wait for the journey to commence
So I’ve been M.I.A for a week or so and I am so happy about that fact. The reason? Ali and I jumped in the van with Sam (our Shepard Collie) Dyson (our Dachshund) and Hannah (the boss cat) and headed for the wilds of Nova Scotia! No mobile or internet service and it was divine.
Our hosts were unbelievable and gracious and I can’t remember the last time we had such a relaxing carefree run of days. We went snowshoeing everyday and ate and drank like kings at night. The cabin was wonderful and we worked when we wanted to ….I actually wrote another song for the album and Ali toiled over her notes and computer and we didn’t miss the internets at al! Ha!
There is something about being out there…walking in the woods….listening to rushing water and being with my family that made me feel 10 years younger and ready for anything. The air seemed sweeter, days seemed longer, senses were heightened for sure. we adored it.
We can not wait to head off again but for now, with this feeling of being re-energized , we are ready for the toil yet again. Great things keep coming our way and I for one am truly grateful.
Loving this life
I was annoyed today that we couldn’t leave for our little holiday to the cabin. I was annoyed by the weather that came in and prevented us from leaving. Then I learned of the pile up and the bridge being closed and I felt like a silly spoilt child. We didn’t leave today and as a result I had a wondrous day with Ali,talking and watching movies and creating and playing with the animals….I felt like a spoilt child because I could have been driving through this weather…we could have had an accident…someone could have gotten hurt…no one did of course and instead I had a brilliant day. So I must learn that everything happens for a reason and don’t be so damned childish next time something doesn’t go your way. …. That’s what I learned today…this brilliant day
I learn every day
I learn that I am stronger than I think and for some things not strong enough
I learn how to communicate better and when to be silent
I learn when to take things to heart and when to let it roll off my back
I learn about my craft ….always learning about my craft
I learn to be more patient and yet I am as eager as a four year old on a bouncy castle!
I learn that there are so many things I can’t control yet still seem to try…this is also an ongoing learning experience ha..patience young Padawan
I learn that I have to stop sometimes and take in a huge breathe and then just let it out and in doing so reset the body and the mind and shake off negative thoughts
I learn that I giggle when I try and talk like a new age hippy
Basically people, I try and constantly learn….
So the lovely Ali Frye and I went to the Steve Poltz show yesterday eve and it was killer. I love watching Steve grab the crowd and shake them about the room then at times, gentle seat them again only to, gracefully again, slam em ’round the room again. He has a way of bringing you on that journey that all troubadours strive for. He is a great showman for sure but what I dig most about Steve is he never forgets that the most important thing in that room is not ego, lighting, sound, money, merch sales…it’s us, the very people seated or standing in front of him enjoying everything he does. He knows that’s what keeps him on the road night after night doing what he does. It’s us, the audience.
And earlier today I had a very cool sit down and play with a very cool singer/songwriter here in PEI….things are developing but like I said in earlier posts I am keeping all that hush hush for now but I will reiterate just how excited I am about the coming months!
Also in todays musings….it’s my Dads birthday..I spoke to him earlier today and he was in mighty form and sure why wouldn’t he be with such a gem as my Mother by his side Happy birthday Dad. You know I have two heroes and you are one (winking also at you Mam)
It gets to this time of the night (1:34am) or morning if you want to be picky, when I know I should be hitting the pillow with my nogging but it always seems to be the very time I want to play and write…I don’t know what it is about this time of night….maybe it’s the calm outside or maybe it’s the day is done but I am not. I don’t know. There’s so much to do and I feel more productive than I have ever felt in my career. These are good, no great things, but it is somewhat hilarious to me that I wait for something to go wrong….the old “things are going so good …shite they must be going too good so now it’s all got to go down the toilet” syndrome ha! Ah I don’t know….I do know these things for certain though:
1. I am happier than I have been in a long time, realistically, ever.
2. I am more productive musically than I have ever been
3. I have a network of friends that I am fiercely loyal to and am protected by ya know who ye’s all are
4. I am truly blessed to have my partner Ali in my life
5. I am healthy and fit and getting more so everyday
6. I have the best set of fans/followers/friends/supporters in the biz
7. I love that I am now living on Prince Edward Island
8. I am truly enjoying being so honest during these musings
So these are the things I do know….the rest? Well that stuff I’m just making up as I go along but aren’t we all
Now I am off to watch the cat throw things at Ali…brilliant!
So I am really looking forward to some projects I have coming up. There’s Music PEI of course next weekend. That’s always a time and it’s also a great time for a catch up with old friends and make some new ones. It’s a mad dash to see every musician and band that’s showcasing in Charlottetown and a little bit of crazy I love. So much good music comes out of this region it’s insane.
I also had a meeting yesterday that I am thrilled about. Not saying anything just yet folks. Gun and Jumping are words that spring to mind so I’m keeping whished* about that one for now…for now
I am currently watching videos on Sea Legs Collective’s site and wishing I was either going to/playing at In The Dead Of Winter Halifax (I played it last year it was fantastic) or IDOW Wakefield… The line up this year at both places is stellar to say the least.
What’s on right now? Jenn Grant. Love Love Love this lady! She’s flawless and makes it impossible to be in a bad mood when your hear her.
Also must point out just how much fun it was playing with Andrew and Nikki on Saturday night in Charlottetown. I adore playing as a trio as the vibe is contagious and the crowd just flow in and out of what we are doing on stage…love it!
I am also getting ready for a pretty fantastic East Coast Music Week. That’s all coming up in April so plenty of time to fill you in on that.
Also this is happening …. I know I look ‘really excited” in this shot but it also could signify “just how busy I am and getting exhausted from all the hard work I’m putting in” No? No? Hahahahaha
Writing a song..writing writing “Oh look? Facebook” crap wait…back to writing…writing..”Oh wow Vimeo..” Dammit Writing writing ho-hum writing…”Orange is the new black…oh Netflix” ahhhh writing writing…”FORGET IT! I’m going to bed”….”hmmm candy crush on my mobile while I lie in bed?” Uffffff!
Italo Calvino said: The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts. Describe the ghosts that live in this house:
Show last night at the Old Triangle was great craic. Really enjoy doing those once a month shows there. It is a slice of home. The banter at the bar. The booths tucked away for privacy. Saturdays there’s football on the telly…and sorry all you North Americans but I mean your soccer my football!
There’s always someone you know walking in. That familiarity of looking up and nodding as someone walks through the doorway. Quick nod or a big “Howye How’s she going?”
I have had the discussions with people who think it’s all about booze and getting drunk…and I’ll say again..no no it’s not. It’s a social meeting place. It’s going and meeting for lunch mid week or sunday for a cure
There are many people I know at home in Ireland who go to pubs maybe three or four times a week who don’t drink at all. Tea or a ‘mineral’ will do it. The pubs at home are like your coffee shops here. Of course people like to get sauced on a weekend…but it’s not all about that. I’ll touch on it at a later date but the Irish Wake in an Irish pub is something to behold…a celebration if you will. Anyway there’s my two cents for now. And here’s to The Old Triangle in Charlottetown. Best pint of Guinness and warmest welcome you’ll feel this side of County Wexford. Slainte