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August 31, 2013

2013 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic Soundcheck

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I’m in Toronto on vacation, and the 2013 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic is happening. A few photos from yesterday’s soundcheck. I’ll have more photos from today’s show and a review in a couple of days.

Posted by skooter at 7:17 AM This entry is filed under Camera, Music.
Tags: Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, Hamilton, Harvest Picnic, Trixie Whitley

August 19, 2013

Daniel Lanois & I

Daniel Lanois & I As a rule, I don’t take photos of myself with other musicians. It’s a rule I’ve pretty much stuck too: I have one with Jenn Grant somewhere, but I may have actually lost it. Someone else asked me to take that.

This one’s all mine though: I interviewed Daniel Lanois last week and he was at the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, so here it is. I’ll post the articles I’ve written here in a little bit: they’re elsewhere right now, and I’m very tired after a late night’s long drive.

I’ll get a full review of that Salmon Arm set up too, but my one line twitter review is already up.

Posted by skooter at 7:34 PM This entry is filed under Camera, Music.
Tags: Concerts, Daniel Lanois, Salmon Arm

August 10, 2013

Conversations With…

So the week that was has passed and it’s been an interesting one. In addition to the normal busy work week—which this week included some root level Unix system configuration that I haven’t done in a very long time—I’ve been getting ready for an end of summer busy music season. Next weekend is the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues festival which I’m covering. It looks like a good one, and I can’t wait for it.

At the end of the summer I’m heading to Ontario to visit my newborn (and first) niece for the first time. She was born at the end of April, and I’m looking forward to that visit more than anything you can imagine.

I’m also stopping by the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic while I’m there, and in the lead up to that I’m writing an article about the festival that’s now in its third year. This means that in the last week I’ve had conversations with Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris and Pegi Young who are all playing the festival.

So that’s been nice and a real treat. They’ve all be lovely folks, and my Friday—they day I chatted with Lanois—was an absolutely inspirational day. We chatted for a while, and it was great. He’s a fascinating, open, affable, and very self-assured man.

That day ended as well as it started with an early evening visit to the stage at the bottom of the hill I live on where some music was happening. I sat with my bike near the front of the stage to listen and a few minutes later a little visitor dropped by—she was about a year old and walked right over to me where I was sitting and crawled into my lap before reaching up and put her arms around my neck. It was just about the sweetest moment I’ve ever had, and it was the absolute perfect way to end a perfect day. Her mother came by after not too long and my visitor disappeared, but that minute of cuddling was just about the sweetest I’ve ever had.

I’m looking forward to meeting this little far away niece, and hopefully there’ll be some moments like that on that trip because I love them so much and I don’t get enough of them anymore in my life.

Posted by skooter at 9:25 PM This entry is filed under Music, Narcicism.
Tags: Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, Harvest Picnic, Pegi Young, Rose Ellen

August 7, 2013

Daniel Lanois & Emmylou Harris: Under the Stormy Sky

Posted by skooter at 9:58 PM This entry is filed under Music.
Tags: Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, Puppets, Videos

August 5, 2013

Wolverine, Japan, Comic Books and The Movies

Pierre Trudeau on Weapon X I finally saw The Wolverine today. I went in with quite a bit of trepidation: I didn’t actually think the first Wolverine movie was awful, but it certainly wasn’t great. This one was different though: this one as, the story goes, tackling the Wolverine in Japan storyline that originated with the Frank Miller/Chris Claremont miniseries from the 80s. I owned the originals of that miniseries—James has them now—and it was a pretty formative story from my youth.

It doesn’t. It’s not even close. Again, the movie wasn’t awful but it falls far short of what it could have been and right into the traps of Hollywood superhero adaptations.

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Posted by skooter at 8:43 PM This entry is filed under Entertainment.
Tags: Avengers, Movies, Wolverine, X-Men