Blue Rodeo – “Casino”, 30 Years Later.

On November 20th 1990, One of Canada’s most iconic acts released their third album to much critical and fan acclaim. The first two tracks, the fan favourites “Til I Am Myself Again” and “What Am I Doing Here?” strike an instantly relatable lyrical relationship with the audience while the band starts a masterclass in musicianship. […]

A Job Description

What does a writer do? We all could spend hours in “shop talk” describing what we do as word artists. I’ve edited down my possible job and artistic description to the following; Writing is resolution. It is making sense of nonsense. When the nonsense still makes no sense, I work to find a humorous resolution […]

My Favourite 20-Year Headache.

In between life and his main gig, Rush’s Geddy Lee made a record that deserves much more credit than it gets. The recently re-released My Favourite Headache is a musical and poetic delight from the legendary bassist/vocalist. Lee composed the music with long-time K.D. Lang collaborator and producer Ben Mink. With multi-tracked layered bass parts, […]

Angry Gratitude

Look silly now, and smile! It’s not our best picture. It’s a good one though. Christmas, sometime in the mid-90’s at the old house. Our best picture together is around somewhere. I was angry that I could not find it. Then I was grateful knowing it exists in one of the digital subfolders I have. […]

Digital Nutrition. A Digital Reset.

Delete a few. Delete them all. Go on a digital diet. COVID19 has brought a few unintended consequences for information consumers. We all may have taken in more content than we probably needed to. 2020 has been a torrential storm for many. So out of boredom and a need for comfort, we seek information to […]

The NES. Greatest Gaming System?

When you discuss the history of video games, it is impossible to disregard the impact of what may be the greatest system to ever hit the market. This can be debated and argued to infinity. Everyone and anyone who lived their youth through the mid to late 80’s and early 90’s either owned one of […]

20 Year Bass

It was a hot summer day and I was recently transitioning from Canmore to Calgary. I finally landed a decent-paying job with a local printing company. I was living with a couple of friends thinking all was going to be well. (It fell apart quickly). I was thinking of music and maybe owning a kind […]

Make Old Radio New.

One of the best gifts of the digital age has been advances in archiving. We listen back in time to classic theater of the mind. Some of that content is now approaching 100 years old. Sirius XM has a great channel devoted entirely to old-time radio. Appropriately named “Radio Classics” it is a splendid look […]

Bob Dylan, Saint John New Brunswick.

I was in eleventh grade. My writing was inspired by Leonard Cohen, the various blues, heavy metal, and hard rock lyricists who kept me thinking, and one of the other masters of the songwriting form, Bob Dylan. In the spring of 1996, Bob Dylan was on a tour taking him through some stops in Atlantic […]