I did an interview with Voyage Los Angeles and it came out yesterday. Read it here.
The Bobbo Society For The Arts & Letters
Chasing Rock and Roll, the backstory:
2020 was weird for everyone and I found myself in the strange position of not looking forward to anything but looking back for comfort. All the way back to the late 90s when my band did a couple of tours in Canada. I ended up writing a love song to them and realizing how much that time together shaped who I was to become.
The details are all true, right down to someone in London bugging me to listen to Blue Rodeo and gifting me one of their albums and me being an obnoxious American and dismissing what would become one of my all-time favorite bands. The El Macambo and Hotel Brunswick were two places I remembered playing. I remember wandering into Don Cherry’s Sportsbar and watching a hockey game instead of going to soundcheck. I remember hanging with band members from ’63 Monroe, Landslide and Osterberg and staying at one of their houses where the only food in the fridge was Labatt’s 50s and a couple of ketchup packets. I remember cutting my arm open on my guitar strings and finishing the set with someone else’s guitar and bleeding all over it, I remember it being one of my favorite places to tour, falling in love with Canada and not wanting the tour to end.
I sifted through old boxes of photos and a VHS tape of us performing and made a video that is definitely a rose coloured rear view of that time. You may not have known us but you knew someone that was just like us.
It's a great feeling when you wake up to being included in a best of list and today my single "Chasing rock and roll" has been added to the Alternate Route Magazine's Top Ten of the week!
Sorry I've been away. Well, not away AWAY, just, you know ~ away from the blogging. I spent a bunch of time editing my new video for "Chasing Rock and Roll" and I'm pretty happy with how it came out.
Like most folks, the one year anniversary of staying home has been hard. I'm anxious to not be so judgmental of folks when going out or seeing them on tv. What did we learn from Ted Lasso? Be curious, not judgmental. I keep trying to tell myself that but it's hard.
I've booked some things coming up in the fall and I'm trying to stay positive about it but day by day it feels like the future is not getting closer but further away. I haven't had any vaccine yet and I'm ready to get it. Knowing that you are "non-essential" is one thing, being told you are non-essential actually stings a little bit. I get it, I'm not going to cut in line. It's just the reality does hit you.
I am excited to be working on the vinyl release of SeaGreenNumber5. Since I haven't toured, it feels like I'm supposed to be working on a new album but SGN5 is only 7 months old! So the vinyl release will extend it's "new-ness" for me. Also - vinyl! It's going to be on special sea-green colored vinyl!!! I'm so excited.
Woke up to a great write up in Rock N Reel Magazine in the U.K.
I can live off a review like this for about 2 weeks.
I went to town setting up a live stream over the weekend with Tracy and all that only to have technology fight me every step of the way.
If you tuned in, I apologize. There was slow internet issues (that I have since fixed) and audio issues with Facebook Live (that I can't fix). I spent a large amount of time trying to figure out what went wrong with the audio, I had this all worked out and Facebook changed something in their settings that prevents any iPhones or iPads from using external audio sources. The worst part was thinking that I was doing something wrong when it was not me at all. When so many things that are unfixable in the world, having this small technological thing that I had figured out taken away from me was Extremely frustrating. I am trying to find a work around but even that is frustrating because I already fixed it once.
I know that change always happens and I'm not someone who is adverse to change but annoyed when things get broken that were working just fine.
I've booked a few in person shows starting in September and I'm hoping that isn't still too soon. It's important to start planning ahead as without something to look forward to the braincloud* gets bigger and harder to see through.
Rehearsing in my studio so that my songs and performance is better when we all emerge from this fog of covid is something I work on daily. Staring at the same walls you can sometimes feel them closing in. We went for a drive yesterday and just being in a car on the highway felt refreshing and I suddenly missed a long car ride. I cannot wait to be on the road bringing my songs and stories everywhere again. And yet, as soon as we were near people yesterday, I couldn't wait to get home. I fear that the unknown side effect of Covid is going to be more cases of agoraphobia or anthropophobia. I can already feel myself becoming a little more socially distant and just wanting to hide at home.
Plus sides for today: Stacey Abrams being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. That's amazing.
Be well, talk soon.
*For fans of Joe vs The Volcano.
New website is up and working. I've been working on it for about the past week and Tracy got on here and helped the past couple of days. Whew!
Tonight I'm doing a "Songwriter in the Rectangle" with Doug Schmude, The Sidemen and The Odd Birds. It's on Zoom and here's the link:
7-8 pm (PST) We'll be sharing songs and stories.
Working on the new updated website. Filling in the stuffs. This will be where the blog goes and all my clever musings.