Here it is 2005, and 2 months since my last blog entry.
In honor of the Christmas season, I put my song, Homeless Babe, up on my Soundclick site.
We went to Edmonton to visit my family for the holidays. While there I had a few music and artistic experiences worth passing on.
My parents took me to a couple coffeehouses hosted by Ron Taylor (http://www.rontaylor.ca/) . Ron is a great singer-songwriter, guitar player, and all-round nice guy. I have enjoyed his music on the net for a couple of years. I also enjoyed a solo set by his musical partner, Marty Siltanen. Together they comprise, Ron and Marty’s Roots Music Band. His song, (from his website) is a great example of Ron’s writing.
Two friends from my high school days, Steve Turner (http://nightofartists.com/Stephen_Turner/Stephen_Turner.htm) and Mike St. Germain, came to see when I played at Ron’s Open Stage at the Second Cup at the Main Branch of the Edmonton Public Library. It was great to see them. I hadn’t seen Steve in about 17 years. Steve is a sculptor currently working with bronze and copper sheet. He is affiliated with Night of Artists
We were able to attend Ben Sures (http://bensures.com) annual birthday concert at the Sidetrack Cafe. We have seen Ben in concert several times but always solo. For this concert, he was backed up by a very tight 5 piece band. It was great. We also bought a copy of his most recent album, Goodbye Pretty Girl. It is a singer-songwriter’s gem. Here is a sample of from Ben’s Website.
I also met up with Paul Bellows at the Sidetrack. He and Ben performed a house concert in our basement a few years ago. Paul is a very smart pop-folk songwriter who is just too good not to be famous. You can listen to his new album, Tape Deck Classics on New Music Canada (http://www.newmusiccanada.com/genres/artist.cfm?Band_Id=6090).