Category: Musicians’ Life

International Songwriting “Collab”

Currently, I am part of an international, online songwriting “collab”. I am getting into the lingo of all the cool singer-songwriters—not that I make any claim to being so, just that I am confronted with songwriting vernacular more and more.

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Green: The Colour of Renewal

April is the time of promise; the time to experience some newness, some green-ness. As I embrace Spring, I think about my time in CBC Searchlight, an online contest which is ”The Hunt for Canada’s Best New Artist”. I really

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The Chronoscope Trips…

Brian Greene, physicist and “superstring” theorist, published The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos (2011). I read it and was thankful for the everyday explanations that preceded the complex mathematical ones. More than anything I

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Good Lovelies…Lovely Harmonies indeed!

Part of the wonder of music is that there always seems to be artists to discover. Music festivals can be a treasure trove of musicians just waiting for our admiring ears. There are many, many summer festivals, I took in

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Notes from Vienna

I visited Vienna and toured the many museums dedicated to composers, like the Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Haydn. There is something awe-inspiring about standing next to the actual piano upon which Beethoven composed his 5th Symphony (see the pic below).

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Finalist in 2014 Singer-Songwriter Mentor Experience!

I was very pleased to be named as a Finalist in the 2014 Singer-Songwriter Mentor Experience sponsored by the Songwriters Association of Canada. While I doubt that many songwriters engage in their craft for anything beyond the love of it,

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A cool jazzer…

Just as Thelonius Monk reveled in the loneliness “Round Midnight” years ago; today CBC mourns the jazzers’ absence in Searchlight Perhaps, jazzers simply “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.”   As a singer/songwriter, my jazz is on the light and smooth side,

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Kat Danser… a Kool Kat of a Songwriting Teacher!

Wow! What an excellent songwriting workshop Kat Danser put on through SaskMusic on a snowy, snowy Wednesday evening at The Exchange. There were several singer-songwriters in attendance, and did we get a treat.  Kat has such a natural ability to

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Artist as Eccentric? …or…Artist as Courageous?

I am almost finished reading “Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould” by Kevin Bazzana. Perhaps not unexpectedly, the word eccentric comes up, and it has given me pause. What is an eccentric; what is it to be

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