Archive for January, 2010

The Fortune Stick is Always Right

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Realizing that I forgot to fulfill my daily ritual of reading my Chinese fortune stick yesterday, this morning I marched straight into the kitchen and fished out my destiny. It read:

You work is best done alone not in a group

That may be true in the case of song writing but it is definitely not the case when it comes to playing with my band. And besides, how all-knowing is a fortune when it’s got a typo, right?

So, it’s official. We’ve added one more new band member to the mix and it’s sounding awesome. I’ve played with Andy a few times before and he has come up with some really great rifts on lead guitar. Yesterday was his first practice with the whole band and it seems like the missing piece has been filled.

Is it always this easy? Even since the beginning, this band has come together so naturally and with minimal effort on my end. God knows that I spent countless days in my younger years desperately trying to find myself a match – whether it was by assuming the position of a chameleon in someone else’s band or trying to twist musicians into being something they were not for my projects.

Good things come to those who wait.

Maybe that should have been on my fortune stick!

Back from the Holidays

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Sometimes we set out to do things with a plan in mind but as we all know life doesn’t always cooperate.

For instance, this holiday I spent close to two weeks at the family cottage expecting to be practicing and getting ready for our upcoming show. But then what happens? I end up catching a sinus cold! There goes singing. Fortunately though, the Food Network wasn’t out with a cold so it was able to keep me somewhat distracted from the work that I wanted so desperately to do.  Sure, pass the chicken soup please!

Good news is that I didn’t waste away my entire vacation being sick. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, I was all set to get cracking on the music with three days left to my holiday.

Well, aside from a couple of bumps in the road I think that this year will prove to be a rewarding one. I’m looking forward to our next show which is coming up on Friday, Jan. 22nd at good ol’ Shaika Cafe. We’re starting to be regulars at this joint!