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Isolation sessions: Brighter Days 

I love covering this song. I've played it live for many years now. I wanted to share it here because I think the lyrics are incredibly pertinent at the moment.

There's a line that says "All the birds will sing their songs inside my cell". If you listen carefully at the beginning and ending of the video, you can hear a robin outside the window singing along, which I thought was pretty sweet. 

Brighter Days is written by a now defunct band called Parts & Labor, who were absolutely brilliant.

I love their album Mapmaker which is the LP this song came from.

Have a listen to the original here:

Check out Parts & Labor live:

Here's me playing Brighter Days in 2011 in Halifax:

Stay safe friends. Reach out to each other. Support your local businesses and food banks if you can.

Brighter days ahead.

Isolation Sessions Series - Mini Set #1 

I put together a mini-set that folks can watch when they have time and feel up for a little acoustic comfort food.

Speaking of food, rather than a posting a 'tip jar', I'm asking if you'd please consider donating to a local food bank (if you can) to help folks in need in our communities. I worry about people losing their jobs and sources of income. We've gotta stick together while riding out this pandemic!

This first acoustic mini set has a couple of "covers" to mix it up, which I thought might be interesting to some of you listening in: 

1. Disaster Drop (From my latest LP Decide to Stay And Swim Again)

2. Psychopaths In Lukewarm Baths (Expanda Fuzz, from Bleuets - click on song title to hear the original)

3. Sugarbuzz (The Stand GT, from a 7" ep - click on song title to hear the original)

4. Chaise Lounge (From my LP Volume Vs Voice)

I'll post more of these when I have time. If there are songs you'd like to hear in my next set, comment below and let me know. 

Enjoy, friends. Take care, stay safe and reach out to each other.

The Space That Is Years: More acoustic comfort food, for food bank donations  

This song has been around for as long as I've been writing songs. 

I honestly can't tell you how old it is, but you'll notice there's a line about writing a letter. I think the genesis of the song was getting a letter to my mailbox in residence at University from a girlfriend. (Yeah, old friends used to write letters to each other, believe it or not). 

This song is about not getting around to writing back. 

I've done many versions for different records over the years that never made the cut, and Camp Radio even took a crack at this some years ago (that would be a fun recording to dig up). 

Last summer I started what I thought was a new LP, in a cottage in Quebec. I only got the bed tracks finished and in some cases, vocals. So the guitars and main vocals for this one were done there. The slide and backing vocals were finished here in Las Vanier last week. 

After all these years, I guess I've decided it was time The Space That Is Years got out into the world. 


Like the other demos I've been releasing, you can download or stream this one for FREE, I just ask that you please consider donating to your local food bank if you can. So many people are being laid off, losing their jobs and may be turning to our food banks for support during this crisis. 

In Ottawa, here are a couple of food banks that are in dire need of financial support at this time. 

The Ottawa Food Bank: 

The Parkdale Food Bank: 

Orleans Food Bank: 

Thanks for considering donating and helping your community. 

Cheers, stay safe... and reach out to each other.

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Isolation sessions: Undercoat 

More strumming while isolating.

This is a new song I released on Bandcamp last week called Undercoat.

Watch for it on Spotify, Apple, etc on Tuesday April 21st.

Enjoy friends...keep safe and reach out to each other. Support your fave local small businesses too.

Recorded version:

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Official release date: Postponed TBD

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