Broken 

I started a new travel blog in January just prior to my Australian vacation. Unfortunately, I was involved in a head-on collision while down under. I haven't been able to contribute to my blog since - except for one last entry. If you'd like to read about the accident and it's immediate aftermath, check here: BROKEN

And if you'd like to hear my new song, BROKEN, find it here on YOUTUBE

2017 Reflections 

It was a busy 2016. I have a vacation coming up and am looking forward to strumming my guitar in Honduras and Belize. We love bird watching so that is definitely on the agenda.

I got a new saxophone last year. Alto. It's amazing how quickly the chops come back! I have been pleasantly surprised. It is a fun instrument and I am planning on adding some riffs to a couple of my upcoming recordings.

The New Year promises to be just as crazy as the old one - but you only live once, right? Looking forward to…

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Jazz anyone? 

Thrilled at some changes that are happening at our local Murrayville bistro! Bill Buurmeester has just announced that Al Wiebe (jazz guitarist) will be performing every second Friday night. Al has asked me to join him as a vocalist! This should be a lot of fun and a different genre for me so I am excited to be taking up the challenge. 

Also, we are going to try to get a Thursday night musician's jam session started at Porter's. Look for more news right here and on Facebook. The inaugural date for the fun…

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Alaskan Cruise Fun! 

Just got back from my first ever Alaskan Cruise. It was great fun (and, yes, too much food!) The highlight was a great band that played each night in the Queen's Lounge called "The BB King All Stars"  - great chops!

I also had fun at the piano bar crooning away with the ship's piano player, Van. We did I GOT YOU BABE by Sonny and Cher. It was a hoot.

 

Back at home in the Fraser Valley. It is going to be a very busy fall with lots of gigs coming up and some new collaborations. Stay tuned!

Writing again! 

Found a wonderful vacation spot on Vancouver Island called Yellow Point Lodge. Spent a very relaxing 3 days there in August and was inspired enough write a new song called MAGICAL COMBINATION.  The owner of the resort is a bass player. Every Friday night there is a jam with literally DOZENS of musicians from all over the area and those who are guests at the lodge. I have never seen so many guitar players in one room! On the Saturday night, our proprietor takes to the stage with his 50's/60's rock 'n roll…

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Wasn't that a party? 

OMG! What an incredible night at Murrayville Hall! 150 people gathered for the best party of the year! Dinner music was provided by the very talented pianist, Darrell Swanson. Delectable food was provided by Rebecca Olmert catering. Inglewood Band rocked the house until the wee hours! I don't think you could have asked for anything more! Thank you, Langley, once again for supporting live music!

Jazzercise Fun! 

So, I was at my usual jazzercise class tonight, and just as we are about to get into the upper body workout with weights, my song "I Just Want Out" starts playing! My wonderful instructor Sabine Oscarchuk queued up my tune for the class. Such fun! Doing my workout and singing my song!  Thank Sabine!

Tis the Season! 

Oh My Gawd! December is such a crazy month! The full band (all 6 of us) will be performing at the Christmas dance for the Langley Memorial OR staff. This is the third year in a row for us and it's a really fun evening.

We're gearing up for the NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE Party at Murrayville Hall December 31st. It is being catered by the incredibly talented Rebecca Olfert so the food will be amazing! We have Darryl Swanson providing some instrumental dinner music and then we plan to rock all night long! We…

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New Songs Registered with Socan! 

I registered 15 new original songs today with SOCAN! Very pleased about that. However, I am about 6 songs short of my "Song-a-Week" goal - which sucks! That said, I have at least 4 songs on that I haven't finished so I guess this week should be spent polishing some of those. It's definitely been a challenge to keep churning out new ideas. Today wasn't much fun. . . I worked on several ideas and the discarded them all because they didn't sound unique.

C'est la via! 

Back to the drawing board. . . 

ISIS??? 

Just thinking that it is a good thing we didn't resurrect the name ISIS for our band! This word has recently come to symbolize all that is evil in the world! Many moons ago, I was performing with a cover band called ISIS  - ISIS referring to the "Egyptian Goddess of Magic". It seemed like a fun name at the time. Wow! Things sure change! I'm sure if my band were called ISIS today, establishments would be cancelling our gigs!