June 5th, 2009

June 5, 2009

Hi folks,
Sorry I’m a bit late on this one.  I’ve been deep in the world of Garage Band (the recording program on Mac computers).  I just discovered it this week and it has completely taken over.  Super fun.  Making some pretty wild versions of my new tunes.  Heck, I may even use of them on my new record if I’m feeling dangerous. Anyway, things have been great this week. I’m still playing trumpet lots more than usual lately, which has been really fun.  Did two shows as part of the horn section for Joel Plaskett last week.  They were both unreal. What a performer that guy is. He put on two epic shows at the Rebecca Cohn and rocked the crowd.  It was pretty wicked to watch.  And I get the feeling from what I’ve been hearing that the whole tour was like that.  Awesome.

Last night I played a big benefit for Habitat for Humanity here in Halifax.  It was a great event. I was one of four songwriters.  Jimmy Rankin, Ron Hynes, Joel Plaskett and I.  Pretty sweet company to be in. Today, I’m getting super for another show tonight.  I’m playing trumpet on a bunch of tunes with Classified.  If you’ve never heard of him you should check him out.  He’s one of Canada’s biggest hip hop artists and he’s a super talented dude.  He’s from Enfield, just outside of Halifax.  He’s just finishing a mammoth cross Canada (and I think parts of Europe) tour and tonight’s the final show. I’m so excited about it. I’ll be sure to give a report next week on how it went. That’s about it for this week.  As for a photo, maybe I’ll just attach a photo I took of myself after a somewhat lengthy bike ride along the coast outside of town a little while back (a beautiful spot).  The weather has been sweet here, summer is feeling good.

Hope you’re all doing well. Thanks for the visit.

This week’s music picks:
1) Catherine MacLellan – Water From The Ground – I’ve been listening to this record non stop since it came out.  Everything about it seems to work.  Her songs are deadly, her voice is the most natural and beautiful thing going and the band on this record is wicked.  Check it out.

2) S.E. Rogie – Dead Men Don’t Smoke Marijuana – Don’t be fooled by the kind of confusing title, this record is simply astouding.  Been a favourite of mine for a while, though the only place I can find this record is at the Halifax Public Library!  S.E. Rogie was born in Sierra Leone and played what they call "Highlife" or "Palm Wine" guitar music. He passed away in 1994 but he made this really great record just a couple years before.  You can learn about him here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._E._Rogie.

3) Classified – Self Explanatory – I’ve been listening to this record tons to get ready for the show tonight. Wicked. Super catchy stuff. Great beats and rhymes about stuff you can tell he really lives.  Nice to hear an artist who takes his art so seriously without taking himself too seriously.