Updates and Honesty

Good morning my friends.  I have changed the look of my website.  A few weeks ago, I attended the Ontario Folk Conference. Dave Cool from Bandzoogle was there and he gave my website a good critique. Dave suggested that I update the look, which I have done. He also suggested that I stop my songs from automatically playing. Apparently, musicians love when the songs automatically play, but others do not. I have done that as well. Let me know what you think of the new look.   And, thanks Dave.

Also from the Folk Conference, I learned from Shawna Caspi that I should have a twitter account.  So, I started one, and I now have 17 followers.  :) I am in the process of attaching a widget to my website, so you can check out my twitter posts if you wish to.

My son suggested that I start to blog more.  I thought to myself, that certainly, I should be updating my website more often so that visitors like you have something new to read. But, I thought to myself, what could I possibly blog about, that would interest people enough to take notice of me, and particularly, my music.  Nevertheless, I decided I would write something. At this precise point in time, however, I don't know what this blog post will say.   It will be honest though.

I am beginning to record a new album. I am very excited about this, as I love working in the studio, and I love working with Dave Draves of Little Bullhorn Productions www.littlebullhorn.com .  I think the new set of songs are strong, and perhaps reflect my personality more, as opposed to the last album, which reflected, at least to some degree, a point of life I was going through.  But, I thought to myself, what good is a new album if people don't hear it?  I have one gig lined up right now.  I want more. I want to play for people so that they hear my music and so that when the next album comes out they will be excited to hear it.  What I don't want is to record a great album and have boxes of the new one, as well as the old one, sitting in my basement collecting dust.

My partner in crime, JF and I have decided to play two new open stages per month to get our music out there.  A few weeks back we played the Neat Cafe in Burnstown www.neatfood.com I had never seen so many artists at an open stage. And, the room itself was totally set up for listening to music.  We will go back there for sure.  This week is the open stage at the Kaffe 1870 in Wakefield, which is always a good place to play. I plan to be there this week to play a few new songs.  One brand new one, which I wrote for JF to sing, is called "48 Foot Shadow".  It is sort of about the struggles of the past year, but how that doesn't really matter.   It is all about perspectives and how a person might feel sooooo small, when you look at it, that person is really 48 feet tall. It is probably one of the coolest songs that I have written.  I should add that sometimes the best songs are those that are written quickly. This one took an hour, including the time we took to measure the shadow. 

I also wanted to make note that with all of this social media business these days, I find that it takes a lot of time to maintain various site, and it cuts into time that I use to actually create and play music.  I suppose that is the business of music though.  And, as I said earlier, I want to promote my music. I want people to hear it.  I want gigs. I want to make a great album. So, I will keep blogging and twittering away. More importantly I would like to hear from you.

Thanks for listening to this little update.  Here is a photo from a gig that took place at Bonnechere Caves.  See you soon.
  
 

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