How I Won and Lost in 2022

Cliffs of PEI

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I do set goals. Big dumb goals that pull me forward, even if they don’t get me where I’d hoped. Before I decide where I’m headed I want to look back on what I said I’d do in 2022 – and what I actually did. There are many highlights …

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Sonic Surprises at Edmonton Folk Fest

Bailen at Edmonton Folk Festival

I just got back from a massive Edmonton Folk Fest and I made some wonderful music discoveries. Here are some songs that caught my ear from the stage. Face Down In The MomentNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats I knew S.O.B. – the crowd-shout-party-anthem that put Rateliff on the map years ago. And that’s about …

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Good Things Of Old

Sometimes to look forward, we’ve got to look back. Here’s a list of good things from “of old” that may just make your future brighter.  This week I bring you a killer groove from Bill Withers, incredible hundred year old footage of bustling Tokyo and 68 bits of unsolicited advice from Kevin Kelly, founder of …

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Make Music with Spitfire LABS for FREE

If you make music, you should know about Spitfire Labs FREE software instruments.⁠ ⁠  I first learned about Labs from producer Roy Salmond and I couldn’t be happier with the results I’ve gotten so far (thanks Roy!).  The quality of every instrument I’ve tried is top-notch and you’ll find a lot of inspiring, original sounds. …

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This Is Why We Keep On Singing

Image from Usplash I’ve been reflecting on the power of music this week – and since yesterday, the power of the human voice. Here in Alberta, new Government guidelines for outdoor events are opening up many activities starting tomorrow as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, but public singing is not coming back just yet. If I’m reading …

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NaPoWriMo #18 – The Dare

      The Dare   You walked across The empty street and  Reached out your hand   It seemed like a giant’s hand A threat A dare   Be human again  Incarnate Just for this moment   With all of the voices Shouting disapproval I reached out in surrender   I took your hand …

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