Tim Posgate's Canadian "jazz life" Blog
A Canadian perspective on parenting, jazz, hockey, banjo, composing, practising guitar, hockey, touring...how do they all relate? Tune in here!
Saturday, August 28, 2004
Saturday: Cartoon morning. Yup, funny how I let my kids do almost all the things I did when I was a kid. We went to the Ex yesterday and even there I was getting all my ideas and routines from memories of going to the Ex as a family.
Dylan is cracking me up these days by singing songs I am listening to or some I just play once. Two funny ones this week are the opening line from a Bob Wiseman song "smoking in the basement....you talked so loud..." or Stompin Tom (there's a couple good Hosers eh) "...Margo's got the cargo and Reggie's got the rig...."
One more week of summer. Don't want to wish my life away but I am looking forward to back to school. i want to get to work on the fall tour, England and getting the Hojo record out.
Leo is climbing on my left arm which makes my typing a little tougher this morning. Almost noon, so time to get creative as a parent, turn off the tv and see what the rest of the day brings. (I hope part of it allows some listening to DNTO....always a fave part of Saturday for me)
Thursday, August 26, 2004
one of the chapters in my book on art and parenting has to be called; Technology.
Unfortunately, that costs money but; all you parents. If you can scrape together a loan or something to get an ibook with a wireless router it will pay for itself pretty fast. (not that mine has yet!)
the great thing is that anywhere in the house between changing a diaper and making a pasta sauce you can get your email, get some info from the net, listen to new mixes or heck, even update your blog.
It seems like a lot of money but I am so glad I took the plunge. I'll let you know when mine really pays for itself.
I have forgotten (as I tend to do) if I have posted how much I dig Bob Wiseman's latest record (on the Blocks label)
It is so good. It is a melange (yes, I like that word) of acoustic strumming and singing and cheap, casio type postmodern pop tunes.
It is certainly my current daily fix. I was checking out his website tonight too. The lowband one is fun as it is sort of simple and creative and quirky and ....
the video page is great and makes me want to start making some videos. Unfortunately a bunhc of them arent there or dont seem to stream properly. Maybe this is temporary.
I look forward to getting some of his other discs.
It is very exciting for me to think that Jazzstory is potentially going to tour out east in Mid November. It also makes me wonder what our chances of snowstorms are?
I must be crazy. I really, truly look forward to getting in the van, in very cramped situation (especially once Rob's bass goes in) and drive long days out to Halifax and back.
It is the best, it is so much fun and there is nothing like it. the fact that there is a gig at the end of the day is part of what makes it all so unique.
I really hope we can find a good gig in Ottawa. This would make it quite a good tour.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
As I finish visiting two of my fave blogs tonight (thanks Mike http://www.mikedaley.net/blog.htm and Reg
http://ergjazz.blogspot.com/ and listen to some itunes on "random" I am reminded how fun that is . Where else can I go from a recent Leonard Cohen cut to my unreleased cd with Howard Johnson to some John Williams playing Bach....Yes Guy!!
This evening napping thing is getting a bit out of hand. I got up at llpm tonight. Not sure where that will take me. Sometimes no matter how much energy I have I just feel "wrong being up at 2 in the morning knowing I have to get up in five hours or so.
Maybe a bowl of cereal will fix all this. I made a killer pasta sauce for dinner tonight. The improvised vinigrette on the salad was good too...Julie says I talk more than anyone about how good my cooking is when I do it. i think I get this from my Grandma McKeown.
p.s. Ouch...this segue from Bach to Saga hurt a little bit...ah Life.
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
watching the olympics has reminded me how "in vogue" it seems to be un-patriotic. I find this to be especially true with Canadians in the arts community. I am not sure why.
I quite enjoy the patriotic feeling. It crosses over to so many things; Hockey, Jazz and other artforms. I guess one reason I continue to be patriotic is I feel like I am ON the team. ie., I am Canadian!
I want to see those that live near me, relatively speaking, do well. I will cheer for and support the Canadian film makers, jazz artists, painters and the Olympic squad.
I guess it was passed on to me, and I will pass it on to my kids (both are wearing canada tshirts this morning that they received as gifts.
Monday, August 23, 2004
Just got back from seeing Rush. The big 30th anniversary concert. Was fun. Nostalgia is the main gift they offer me but I had a great time.
Fun to go with my Brother and friend steve who I started seeing rush concerts with twenty years ago.
I considered for a minute to buy a program for old times sake until I found out it was $20...ouch. Our tickets used to cost less than that when we started going to the Gardens to see Rush.
I remember going two nights in a row onetime. we had great seats!...floors both nights. air guitar from beginning to end.
One odd and uncomfortable thing about tonight was that the whole place was standing for the entire three and one half hours.
Rush Rocks. thanks; neilalexgeddy!!!!!!