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Rainy Week in Toronto

What’s Happening This Week?

Random things happening on this first week of May 2017: My wife has extended family visiting this week. Always neat to hang out with folks that have similar mannerisms as her. Being an only child and not being surrounded by a lot of family growing up, its always fascinating to me to see how family […]

Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup

10 What Ifs

1. What if every single person on planet earth realized that climate change is serious and instantly implemented change to stop it? 2. What if the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup? 3. What if Lisa and I had absolutely no health problems? 4. What if Jack Layton had not died? 5. What if […]

Never Again Is Now album

Bombing Won’t Help, But Maybe Music Can

Last week, a new album called Never Again Is Now was released by The Aleppo Music Project. I feel fortunate and honoured to have been invited to contribute my composition, Return to East Aleppo, to this important project. My friend, Randon Purcell, is the mastermind behind this. Like me, Randon is sensitive to the injustices […]

Artwork by Chris Perez

I Love Modern Visual Art

Last week, Lisa joined me in Peterborough for a couple of days as I was there adjudicating at a music festival. She made the effort to make the trip as I was celebrating my birthday while there. Normally, we don’t exchange gifts for birthdays, anniversaries or Christmas, but she felt compelled to surprise me by […]

Cotton Candy

I’ve Lived 43 Years and I Haven’t…

Today, I turn 43. I continue to maintain the same attitude I’ve always had about birthdays – it’s just a number. I don’t wish I was younger. I am content with who I am and what point I’ve reached in the evolution of my life. The one thing I can’t help do around my birthday […]

homophobic world

Around a Homophobic World

Being a straight, married guy, I might not fit the traditional mould of what you’d expect as an LGBTQ activist. But I’m proud to wear that label! For me, the persecution of the LGBTQ community anywhere in this vast world is a clear violation of basic, universal human rights. Anyone who espouses this persecution is […]

Earth Hour concert in Regina

Earth Hour – The Light In My Life

Saturday, March 25 is Earth Hour. I always get excited at this time of year because I share strong feelings about the importance of Earth Hour’s mandate. And from a creative standpoint, Earth Hour has given me such a wonderful platform to share my music and feelings. It all started on March 28, 2009, when […]

SKI Club Recording Session

Heading into ‘New Waters’ with the Musical

If you didn’t know, I’ve been working on composing music for a musical called SKI Club since December 2014, and it’s still not done. That might seem like a long time, but the thing I’ve learned about working on this project is that it takes a long time for a musical to come together. I […]

Protect Against EMFs

How I (Try To) Protect Myself From EMFs

There’s no doubt that we live in a day and age when we are constantly surrounded by electronic gadgets. I just think about my own daily routine – my laptop is on all day, our office has two computers and various music equipment/devices running as we work, we have a large flatscreen TV, we enjoy […]

You Haven't Been

You Haven’t Been Is Coming

Last fall, I recorded 13 new piano compositions for my future album, You Haven’t Been. The pieces are inspired by a variety of themes: despair, depression, yearning, introspection and contemplation. These are all subjects and emotions I feel I have intimate knowledge of. I’ve battled depression for years. And through a lot of hard work […]

Word of the Week - Heat

Word of the Week – Heat

First there was “Pickle“, then “Red“, now we’re on to “Heat”. I have a varied history with heat. When I was a kid, I was a bit chubby and enjoyed playing sports, so I was hot and sweaty often. Now into my adulthood, everything has reversed. I’m often chilly even in the summer. Lisa and […]

What would you do for love?

What Would I Do For Love?

I’m thinking a lot about love today as it’s Valentine’s Day. Also, I just added a new composition for trumpet and piano appropriately entitled, What Would You Do For Love?, to my online portfolio. So it got me to thinking about my own personal answer to that question. For the sake of simplicity, I will […]

American Flag

Oh America

Oh America, You’re scared You don’t eat well Your TV box is littered with ads that kill you You’re paranoid You’re drowning in stuff as you demand more Cancer is your holocaust and you do nothing about it You listen to people who make you hate others You’re sad You don’t exercise You don’t feel […]

frank

Why is Cursing Bad?

From One Frank to Another Recently, I watched a documentary on Netflix about Frank Zappa. This was a treat as Zappa’s music has always been a big influence on my own musical output. I also respect Zappa’s candour and how he used his own music, media appearances and writing to espouse the ills, stupidity and […]

Getting older gracefully

Stop with this “I’m Getting Old” Crap!

Lately, I’ve been watching the TV series, Louis, starring the stand-up comic, Louis C.K. (great show BTW!) In one of the episodes, he went on a rant about how he’s 42 and from this point on, life is only going to get worse, especially health-wise. This caught my attention as I’m presently 42. And it’s […]