(And a new baby. And a new concert.)
It is amazing what can be produced.
As I type this now, to my left, there is a beautiful baby girl. (Don't worry, I didn't steal her. She's mine... Violet is now four weeks old.)
To my right, there is a beautiful brand new CD, that is right around the same vintage.
And in the middle, there's me, doing a lot of juggling to make this all happen at the same time.
Part of that juggling is getting ready for the concert at the NAC Fourth Stage... MAY 23rd at 7:30 p.m....
which is where I'll be launching the new album "small matters of life and death".
I really hope you can be there with me when this happens... I think it'll be a very special evening.
The master of all instruments (and producer of the album) Steve Dawson is flying in from Nashville to play the show with me...
and the glorious gospel singers Jerusha and Christine will be on hand too, as well as the great Marc Decho on bass.
We'll be playing the new songs (and a few old ones) and celebrating everything it took to get us here.
It's been no small matter. :)
So go here to nab those tickets for what I know is going to be an intimate beautiful night...
and what I am happy to say is an album I am truly proud of.
And allow me to say again, THANK YOU, to everyone who supported getting this album made.
I had no idea whatsoever how successful the Indiegogo campaign would be... with your donations going over $12,000 that allowed me to finish the album.
And beyond your money, there were your words of support, your funny comments, and your willingness to share.
For all of that, again, thanks thanks thanks.
PS For those of you wondering more about the album...
So what's this album all about anyway?
You may notice that on the album cover (the work of Emily Chen, by the way) that my name is spelled out in reel to reel tape.
That's because of this tape:
...one that I found in my parents' basement, that had sat unnoticed for almost 40 years.
My Uncle Ed was a member of the Canadian band “Witness Inc.” in the 1960's and 1970’s. After a series of radio hits and opening for Roy Orbison, the group was doing well.
But Ed eventually left the band to embark on a solo career. Sadly I never met my uncle, as he was killed in a car crash in Northern Ontario before I was born.
But on that reel I found in my parents' basement were, unbelievably, never-before-heard demos of him performing his own folk and country tunes. And the mystery of that moment got me thinking about what we DO in fact leave behind, when we pass on. This album scratches away at that question, and others. How do you connect to someone who’s no longer here? What about all the questions that remain unanswered? These songs came out of that journey.Two of the songs on the album are in fact covers of my uncle’s work. Other songs use lines of Ed’s works to jumpstart new songs. And then there are songs of mine that seemed to fit the theme of the album, examining how we carry on after any loss.
But, as I mentioned, the album is called "small matters of life and death". So it's about life, as well.
I've got a new one of my own to celebrate. :)
Hope you like what we've done here.
And hope to see you at the NAC on May 23rd!