.: When I last wrote, I was 15 minutes away from turning the magical 5-5. That day (28 June 2008) coincided with our (sometimes) annual cul-de-sac bbq. One of the activities included face-painting, and I was “painted” with a reminder of my special day. Later in the day, a number of the locals who are musicians got together for a jam, and on one song, we invited some of the children to join us on “I Walk The Line”. Here I review the chorus with some of The Groovy Girls, Emily, Liberty and Mia.
A few days later, I went on a tour with a local musician, Carrie Hryniw, in support of her new album, Finding Grace. (Please consider buying a copy via the CD Baby web site.) This was the first tour for me ever, since I started playing guitar in October 1966. Carrie had played a few solo shows in Saskatchewan, and I met up with her on 01 July 2008 in North Battleford. Her partner and daughter continued on to Edmonton, and we drove to Brandon, where we spent the night with my friend Cathy. The next night we played to a small crowd at a delightful cafe and shop called Lady of the Lake. Following the show, we drove to Winnipeg and stayed for three nights at my parents’ home. On 03 July 2008 we performed for another wee but very supportive crowd at The Academy Food Drinks and Music in Osborne Village in Winnipeg. The support came mostly from friends and relatives. 🙂
The next night Carrie and I performed at a house concert in Oakbank MB. The hosts were friends of mine, Doug and Barb Z. Barb and I went to high school together, and they were thrilled to host a house concert for us on the tour. It turned out to be the best night of the tour in many ways – not only did we do well in terms of ticket sales (always important on a tour to defray costs), but Carrie also sold many CDs after the show, we had a great party afterwards with lots of good food and drink and conversation, and both Carrie and I were overwhelmed by the incredible support shows by my friends, relatives, and friends of Doug and Barb who also attended the show. In the crowd were my parents, two of my aunties, my cousins Vickie and Christina and their dad Ross, a number of high school friends and their spouses, and the aforementioned friends of Barb and Doug, including their son. Barb even surprised us by ordering a Jeanne’s cake!
Carrie has uploaded a few videos from the concert in Oakbank. In addition to the video of Need You Tonight, you can also watch us perform Went Away, Sand Castle, and Perfect Love. Following the Oakbank show, we played a show in Wadena SK before returning home to Edmonton.
I flew to Chicago on 15 October 2008 to see another Steely Dan show, this time at the legendary Chicago Theatre. I met up with my friend Jude, who drove down from Madison WI, and we saw the show together. I thought the Chicago show was even better than the two shows I saw in NYC in June. The day after the show, Jude and I hung out in Chicago. After taking a ride on a sailboat on Lake Michigan, we took the light rail transit to visit an old friend of mine, Curtis Ruptash. In the early 90s, I played in a couple local bands with Curtis. I enjoyed the whirlwind 48 hour trip to Chicago, and was especially impressed with the light rail service from the airport. It was a $2 trip into the city from O’Hare. Having light rail transit to and from a city’s airport is such a no-brainer, it’s astonishing that most other cities do not offer it.
And soon afterwards, summer was over.