Or how I learned to stop worrying and love empty venues
I can’t believe my monthly blog has missed a month already! The days just go by so fast and all of a sudden it’s August! The sad part is that I had all these things to tell you from the specifications of my latest production gear to unwanted updates on my Kettlebell and Steel Mace work. This pandemic has basically turned me into a really fit amateur producer who also doesn’t look that fit because of the stationary time spent on my producer chair and the emotional cake purchases. I recently found the name for what I am: a gym potato…but boy can this gym potato swing a 16 kg kettlebell around! Are you afraid? GOOD! Gwahahah.
Alas, I’m sure you came here because you’re interested in some more music-oriented updates. Well for one, I wrote the music for the new Merryfield ad! What’s Merryfield, you ask? Well it’s not a field in fact, but an app that rewards you every time you shop clean. I thought that was nifty. I haven’t d
one much in the ad world but it’s super intense, like the musical Olympics: try it this way! No this way! Play it backwards!! With a blindfold! Anyway, I think they did a great job with it and I love the guy they hired to sing it. Check it out HERE.
I also filmed an empty venue concert with my band at the Imperial Pub for Downtown Yonge BIA, and even though I was super nervous after not having performed for six months, I’m quite proud of it. For those of you who missed it, it’s still up on their Facebook page HERE. We did stuff from my recent album and a couple brand new ones that I’d love your feedback on if you’re so inclined. Let me know what you think about “Take Care of You” at 9:45, “I Still Do” at 21:15 and “What Do You Say” at 25:35. I’m not precious about any of these, just trying some stuff out in public and hoping it connects with another living human. Also be sure to check out some of the other folks that did a show for Downtown Yonge because they’re amazing. Quincy Morales just blew me away!
Speaking of empty venues, I filmed a really fun thing a couple weeks back at a yet undisclosed location with a different bunch than you’re used to seeing with me. It’s about 20 minutes of music with two vocalists (myself and Sammy Jackson) and two string players (Tom Fleming and Michael Eckert). Sammy’s a superstar singer-songwriter and her EP is coming out this coming September so keep an eye out for it. I really can’t wait to see how the video with this crew turned out and announce its release. In the meantime, you can find me at home writing songs and waiting for the next show…maybe another empty venue. Maybe outdoors! Maybe they find a vaccine and it’s somewhere in a big theatre with my 15-piece chamber orchestra project. Who knows? It’s lonely out here in post-apocalyptic musician land – never hesitate to write ☺☺☺