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Acoustic show with Vancouver's PARKLAND and Ottawa's Flecton Big Sky 

After a long winter of hanging out with the dehumidifiers, my old acoustic guitar will be thrilled to be let out of hibernation to play some songs for you at this fun show at Pressed in May. We'll be playing a few songs from the latest Decide To Stay And Swim Again project as well as some other new tracks I've been working on during these sleepy, and painfully lengthy, winter months. 

My old friend Flecton Big Sky will be joining the bill along with Vancouver's amazing Parkland, who are touring the LP and film 'Bleeding Daylight'.

As always with Pressed, this is an early show with music wrapping up by 11pm, so come and celebrate Little-Friday-before-the-long-weekend with us!

 

Decide To Stay and Swim - Song #8: One Projectile From The Sun 

Part of an ongoing series where I revisit 2003's record, Decide To Stay And Swim

A reflection on new year's resolutions as winter melts away and we wager words and wilt with blame.

Here's the new version of 'One Projectile From The Sun':

Lyrics: 

I caught a cold for this new year 

Can I park my car out here 

And finish off this toast 

That's meant to keep me home. 

To wager words or wilt with blame 

When gin and tonic makes some gains 

To save the day but set me back 

10,000 more. 

And I'm only one per cent under the gun 

That's only one projectile from the sun. 

A trophy wins a trophy's charm 

With catatonic false alarms 

Focused on the past 

And waiting here for you. 

I caught a cold for this new year 

So can I hang my jacket here 

And finish off this toast 

That's meant to keep me home.

And I'm only one per cent under the gun  

That's only one projectile from the sun. 

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And the original 'One Projectile':

 

Solo set at Irene's in Ottawa on February 23 

Oh cool...a rare solo show!

It seems like its been ages since I've played a solo acoustic set, so I'm really looking forward to this Saturday February 23.

We're also raising money for the Ottawa Food Bank, so please bring a few extra bucks and/or a non-perishable food item or two. We'll ensure it all gets to the Food Bank post-show.

See you at Irene's!

Decide To Stay and Swim - Song #7: The Sympathetic Slur 

Part of an ongoing series where I revisit 2003's record, Decide To Stay And Swim

During the rollout of this 'Swim Redux' side project I've talked about how this idea came to me one cold winter night in 2018, but I upon hearing song #7, I realize that the seeds were planted much earlier.

Sometime around 2013 I was in the midst of recording my solo LP, "Volume Vs. Voice". I had isolated myself in a cottage in Quebec for a few days to see what it would be like to record an album in a fairly secluded location. The fact cell phones didn't work and there was no internet connection really helped me to focus in a way that was incredibly therapeutic.

During that session, I warmed up with a few covers including 'The Sympathetic Slur'. At the time I even considered putting this track on VVV.

I don't recall much about the inspiration for this song, but I do remember playing it live whenever I had the opportunity to play a quiet room.

So I'll let the lyrics speak for themselves.

Have a listen to the new version here:

Lyrics:

A 16 hour drive 
For 15 minutes live 
14 years of slow, eroding ties 
13 circus acts unload their gear and then purport to read my mind 
All lit up.

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Hear the original version of 'The Sympathetic Slur' here:

 

Decide To Stay and Swim - Song #6: A Makeshift Marvel 

Part of an ongoing series where I revisit 2003's record, Decide To Stay And Swim

As we roll into 2019, this technically marks the the halfway point through this revisiting process I started last year, reworking songs from Decide to Stay and Swim. It's kind of fitting, because while the original CD was out in 2003, it wasn't actually launched until 2004. 

I didn't know how far I'd get with this little side project, but I must admit I've been pleasantly surprised by the reaction online to these new versions.

I always think of A Makeshift Marvel as a theme song for the proverbial fork in the road. In my head it's about those times in our lives when a big chapter closes and we're faced with stepping into a new one, all while battling feelings of self-doubt. That said, I don't remember the context of how or why I wrote this song, so whatever.

I do remember this song being a standout from the album for some folks who heard it back then.

So as this version finds its place in the word, maybe it will be a pleasant reminder of the original song for some of you:

Lyrics:


The minute the moment takes over the road 

Isn't it weird then, to be so in control? 

I tried not to wake her, while digging through clothes 

I'm stalled in a moment she'll never know. 

The caption will read earth-shattering demise 

On a lonelier dirt road than we had in mind 

And its not the song, its that long distance girl in my head 

That I can't explain away. 

You may not have noticed, but I've headed out west. 

We'll communicate better with that off my chest.

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Hear the original 'A Makeshift Marvel' here:

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