Terry Lefebvre, over on Facebook, posted a video of me playing "Good Times Roll" at the Triple Play pub in Chilliwack a few Thursdays ago. It's definitely a jam, but it also sounds kinda' good. For a bunch of people playing the song when we've never rehearsed, it's pretty fun.
I can't seem to embed it, but here's a link: CLICK HERE.
When Ric Ocasek, lead writer for The Cars, passed away a couple weeks ago, I got pretty sad. The Cars were one of the first rock groups I really connected with. When I was only 12 years old or so, my sister came home with a vinyl copy of their debut album. I played it over and over again and the music never wore out on me.
When I went through the classic "throw out your secular music" phase of my evangelical youth, The Cars were one of the hardest ones to justify. The music was just too good; the lyric connected with me too much. Destroying it felt wrong.
Ocasek's songs have always stuck with me and they're a regular feature of my solo live shows. They're often just a little too complex for the average pub jam, but they're nonetheless solid crowd-pleasers.
So singing "Good Times Roll" and a few others at a pub jam seemed approriate.
Rest in peace, Ric.
My daughter accompanied me to the Party in the Park in Chilliwack on Friday night. She made some fan art for my busking set at the Triple Play.
Last night, Saturday July 13, I played again at the Hot Spring Villa in Harrison Hot Springs, 6-9pm. Come on out to any of the other nights I'll do for the rest of the summer there!
I will be continuing playing at the Hot Spring Villa in Harrison Hot Springs, BC, throughout the summer, 6-9pm every Saturday night. I'll try to post it here if I'm going to miss a week, but I'm hoping to be there for every single Saturday.
This week, the Harrison Festival of the Arts is on, filled with local artisans and international musicians. It's a stellar tradition here in the Upper Fraser Valley and I encourage any art-loving folks to come on out and enjoy it. And... if you come out on Saturday, July 14, you can unwind with some food at the Hot Spring Villa Restaurant, where I will be the antidote for all the setlist-ready, agent-having, lyric-remembering, professional musicians you'll hear at the Festival.
And you might even enjoy every minute of it.
The Party in the Park is a long-running summer tradition in Chilliwack. Each Friday evening in July, they block off Wellington and Mill, fill it with booths and food trucks, and have a big stage with local music groups. Loads and loads of people show up each night.
I'm not playing on the big stage. Instead, I get to drop in at the busking stage at the Triple Play, hosted by Paul Barrell and Ron Johnson. Ron invited me out a few weeks ago when I'd shown up to his open mic Tuesdays at the Triple Play.
My daughter was also present on Friday night. She insisted on filming me from the sideline, just outside the beer garden where she wasn't allowed to go. Here's a little of what she filmed:
I hope to make it out to a few more of the Party in the Park nights for the rest of July.
And perhaps the big shows will inspire me to start up a band of my own. It's about time I put something together, really.
The next Party in the Park is slated for July 13, according to the Facebook page. Whether or not I get to play, come on out!
So last night I took my recording stuff to my restaurant gig and recorded a couple videos. Here's what the shows are like.
Half of the recordings below are pretty loop-heavy. But most of last night was taken up playing requests from the audience, sans loops. I still need to get a couple good recordings of some of that sort of stuff.
I play covers at the restaurant because they keep the customers happy. But I hope to sneakily incorporate a few originals over the coming year as my confidence in my own work returns.
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