Oh my goodness! Hello! I hope that everyone had a great summer! I was a little sad to see it come and go so quickly! I think that Summer is my favourite of all seasons. I loved working in the vegetable garden and tending to the flowers. I loved the early mornings, waking up with the sun, being barefoot, and feeling the sun beating down. I loved the lazy feeling days of not having to rush to get my daughter to school. I loved the heat, the outdoor pools, and the sprinkler. I loved the electrical storms, and night time rains. I loved the road trips and family visits. I loved so much about this past summer – it was a good one! This photo from one of our road trips. Look at those cumulus clouds! *SIGH!*
I have to say, Autumn is a beauty of a season too. Who could think otherwise, with all of the glorious colours of late? I took this photo on a recent puppy walk. Speaking of that, walking our puppy has been one of the greatest changes to my routine. We’ve had her for almost 10 months, and everyday for 10 months (well, almost everyday), I have walked with her. There is something to be said for habit, movement, routine, breathing outside air, and feeling the elements on your skin first thing in the morning, each and every day. Walking has become my quiet time; my prayer. And though I have a giant stride and a fast pace, and likely look like I’m on a mission to get somewhere, walking has a weird way of slowing down my thoughts and allowing the time and space to reflect on all the things that seem to slip away without having been given the time of day.
Projects-wise, I’ve got quite a few things on the go, and that feels exciting! I love having new work to focus on, grow from, be inspired by, and collaborate with others on. We began working on content for a new EPK (Electronic Press Kit). The biggest element for this is the filming and recording of one of my songs, live off the floor. I’ve been working with Edmonton’s NTT Films (great guys!). We are now at the editing stages, which is a fun process! I’m excited to share the finished footage with you all soon!
I’m also going to be heading into the recording studio soon to record a couple of demos, live off the floor!! This is super exciting for me! I always feel that their is a certain “life” and “essence” to live recordings, and I haven’t done too many of them yet in my studio career. “Fly and Drift” from my 2010 release was recorded live off the floor. I find it to have the qualities I mention that might not have been captured if we recorded it in the usual way: bed tracks and then overdubs. If you like, you can listen to it here:
Lastly, I feel as creative as ever lately, and am reveling in that. It has been a long time coming, it seems. Though I feel that I’m on an overall high, my writing has been more contemplative and introspective than usual. I’m okay with that. My latest songs lend themselves to a song cycle project that I’ve been wanting to write for some time. The songs of the cycle will tell stories of various journeys and struggles, and the characters will develop in some way. They may circle back to a similar place that they were at the start, but with new understandings and insights. Some of the songs will be art songs and their lyrics will be more poetic, compared to the standard lyric outline of Verse-Chorus-Bridge. Some of songs will tell clear stories. Others may be vague so that the listener can plug their own story in. The commonality is that none of the songs will be arranged/composed/recorded with radio in mind (which will be a refreshing process, in a way, I think – more like my early work, perhaps). And the songs will belong together in a way that isn’t unlike an album, but will be somehow different. I hope that the song cylce as a whole will tell a greater story. Maybe it is a lofty project for where I’m at as a writer, but I feel that it’s time to get started!
Well, I should sign off here. I hope that you are all well and happy. There is much to grieve in the world lately, and much to have trepidation towards. As you have likely noticed, I don’t write about much other than the creative process, and the things I find beautiful and pleasant in my simple life. (I’m pretty boring in general, aren’t I?! 🙂 ) I try to keep my larger viewpoints to myself. I will say this, though: with all my heart and being, I hope that we will all try to take care of one another as a people as best as we can, that we will learn from the great teachers before us, and the role models we encounter in our everyday. I hope that we can lead by example, and be as kind and loving and patient as we can with one another, and with ourselves. With ourselves first!! And i hope that we take advantage of the free information at our fingertips, and that we educate ourselves on topics in which we are ignorant, and in the process of doing so, that we practice discernment! Ignorance leads to fear, and fear never has a good outcome.
Oh, one last thing: During the last phase of the Cold War as a kid in the mid-late eighties, it wasn’t uncommon that I would lie awake at night, sick with worry for the future of our world. I didn’t understand the workings of politics (nor do I now) – my fear stemmed solely from snippets I caught of the news and conversations among adults. I feel like that 9 year old kid again; I have that very same unease. It is a strange time in the world right now. I hope that we move forward with love in our hearts, and with determination and strength to do what feels most right. Also, (and dammit, I’ve been holding back, but can’t any longer): it is with every single cell of my non-confrontational and quiet self that I hope that a particular excuse of a man who is somehow one of the US presidential candidates stops lying to himself and others, and sees himself for the highly incompetent (and horrible) person he really is, and steps down. Or in the very least, stubs his toe really badly, which sets off a chain reaction of unfortunate, annoying and painful events, which lead to him having to step down. Okay, before I go really out of character, I’m really signing off.
Much love and care, thank you for stopping by, and Happy Autumn!