Vancouver is a city bursting with talented musicians. Two such folks are my friends Stuart and Faith. Stuart you may well recognize as a member of my band Even Handed Odds (formerly CROWN), but he’s also got his own solo stuff going on. He was one of the first people I met here in the city, and we’ve been collaborating ever since. Faith is someone I met through Stu, and is a country-fied singer/songwriter who has penned some really catchy tunes. When I was asked to fill out a showcase at the landmark Railway Club, I was happy to include my two friends on the bill.
At the end of the night, the three of us got together and played this classic Beatles tune:
In what might be the nerdiest I’ve ever done, I have arranged and recorded another all-viola cover. This time, I took on another classic, “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey.
This video also allowed me to address one of my pet peeves about the song: “South Detroit” is Windsor, Ontario. Downtown Detroit is right on the rover, south of which is the border to Canada (it’s weird, I know). So there.
I am reasonably certain that I can cross “film-maker” off of my list of potential side careers. I shot this in my apartment using the webcam from my laptop. I figured it was better than a static image for the full 5 minutes the song plays for.
If there are any of you who possess actual talent at shooting film, I’m definitely interested in having some actual non-terrible videos done.
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When a romantic relationship ends, you don’t go back to being the person you were before the relationship started. That has been my recent experience, anyway. My relationship with my now-ex was a big deal for me, because it was the first one I’d had after 8 years of being single. It was amazing to me how much I needed to learn not only about how to be in a relationship period, but about myself and what kind of person I was.
So I wrote a song about that. Lyrics, as always, are below the fold.
Michelle Goldberg’s article in The Nation got me pretty steamed yesterday, but I want to use that debacle as a ‘jumping off point’ to make a larger point about what is actually happening in these ‘spaces’ and ‘debates’. I’ve made a similar argument in a previous article:
Walking hand-in-hand with privilege is a grossly-misplaced sense of entitlement. All spaces are assumed to be welcome and open, and your opinion is always appreciated and listened to. The fact that you lack relevant knowledge and experience is immaterial – you still deserve a place in the conversation. This is why you see creationists sneer their way through “why are there still monkeys” questions on evolution forums. It also explains why they react with butthurt whines and a cloud of scripture whenever their ignorance is revealed, and especially when it is pilloried. They have never experienced a circumstance where faith was not accepted as evidence; where sincere belief is not a substitute for fact.
The Real Issues
Part of this issue, I think, is that people disconnect the message from the intended audience, and assume that all people having a discussion are having that discussion for the sake of everyone who could possibly be watching. When a person, new to a topic, decides that their perspective on, say “reverse racism” or “misandry” is clearly being neglected and needs to be added to the discussion, they jump in with both feet. This is, in a way that I hope is obvious to readers of this blog, extremely problematic. The term “derailing” describes a circumstance in which someone enters a conversation and tries to change the topic to something ze wants to talk about instead. It’s rude at best, and erodes the possibility of conversation at worst. … Continue Reading
On Sunday I will be performing as part of an ongoing artist showcase put on by the Railway Club. This is the first time I’ve been invited to play there, and I’m hoping to leave a good impression. Hope you’ll join me!
Getting good live video is tougher than I imagined. The lighting is always wrong, and the built-in audio on most video cameras is not that great. Luckily I managed to grab this tune from one of my gigs at Darby’s Pub.
Want to get some acoustic stuff up online soon as well, so look for that.