Thursday, October 20, 2005

My day started kind of low. I think I was just tired but with no good reason. Whenever I am low I almost feel guilty. I have nothing to be low about these days. I have everything. I am truly, one of the luckiest people in the world. Sure I worked hard to get "where I am" (where are you tim??!) but really I am truly fortunate.

I am happy now (that its time to go to bed) even the Leafs won in overtime tonight. I was speaking on the phone with a pal and it reminded me that life is so much about experiences. Whether you are travelling the world playing concerts or heading to the corner bar to watch the game you are having and should try to take in and appreciate the experience you are having.

Of course, you can't do this 24/7 but try not to let it slip too far the other way either.

On another tangent I heard Andy Barrie talking on CBC this morning about charity gifts you can give. It is worth checking out. I think I will get my kids checking it out nearer to Christmas. (oh no....Christmas!!)


Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Sun Ra Arkestra

Sun Ra Arkestra, originally uploaded by tim posgate.

A great time at the Lula Lounge last night. I feel I got my $35 worth. Two long sets of crazy, heartfelt large ensemble jazz and free improv!

Somehow I feel I got more than the admissions worth by reading the Space is the Place biography beforehand and making up my own little narratives as I watched and listened.

the bands history is interesting and entertaining. Just the fact that they used to (or still do?) all live together is pretty unusual.

I hope I have half the energy of Marshall Allen if I make it to 81 years old.

I think my favourite part was hearing them all sing at the beginning of each set as they walked from the back of the club to the front of the stage. Beautiful as the instruments slowly entered and took over on the same melody line.


Tuesday, October 18, 2005

I am hoping to get out to hear the Sun Ra Arkestra tonight. There are three more chances after tonight but you know what happens when you wait!

there is a great article by Carl Wilson you can read online from the Globe. It has a great pace to it (the article that is) sounds to me like he was listening to the Arkestra while he was writing (Carl?)

The leader since Sun Ra died is Marshall Allen and he is at least 80 years old. Last time I saw them it was pretty exciting, and mystical (not sure why). Lula Lounge should be a good place to check them out again.


Sunday, October 16, 2005

A great night at the Red Guitar last night. We packed it!! A good feeling. I was starting to wonder if I was becoming a booking agent. I think the band sounded really good too. I like the fact that we cleared out a couple tables by starting with an improv piece.

What a treat that Howard Johnson sat in for both sets. we played Oleo, Segment, one of my tunes and an Ornette tune called Mob Job. Oh yah...and Jean, Howard and I did Caravan.

I hope Howard picked up his "special Canadian porridge" while he was here or a special someone is going to be pretty disappointed. ( would be one more good reason for him to come back soon!)

A bit shout out to Edmonton...(rumour has it there is a big blog-readership there!)

I am out the door to hear Nick Fraser and Justin Haynes do their theatre/music improv thing.

p.s. Leafs are going all the way....Lindross!!!

p.s.s. thanks to all the friends who came last night; poets, musicians, friends, family, teachers...

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