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Your Parents are Hypocrites…Who Cares!

I talk to my mom and dad twice per week just to chat and see how they’re doing. We don’t live in the same city, maybe see each other in person 2-4 times per year for short visits, so talking on the phone is sort of an essential thing for us in being close. Earlier […]

Climate Change COP out (Photo by Wilco Van Meppelen on Unsplash)

What a COP Out!

The world is coming together in Bonn, Germany from November 6-17 to talk climate change. This is COP 23 as it has become known. Looking at the Conference’s web site, you’d think that all the smiling faces and pleasant disposition of those featured would give us, the citizens of the world, the feeling that the […]

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10 Thoughts on Gord Downie

1. I only own one Tragically Hip album – Up to Here, released in 1989. It was the Hip’s debut album. I was in high school working part-time at a music store in Ottawa. CHEZ 106 radio was pumping out the rock through the speakers at the store. Downie’s voice was infectious, the band was […]

Photography by Anita Zvonar

I Blushed Twice This Week

I don’t blush too often. So I guess that’s why I’m hyper-aware that it happened twice this past week… The first time was Tuesday when I read the latest edition of WholeNote Magazine and came across an in-depth review of my 4 new albums. Mr. Da Gama’s review contained such beautiful prose. I had never […]

Frank Horvat with flutist Jamie Thompson

4 Albums 1 Week is Over…THANK YOU!

Usually when I write my blog posts, I very rarely struggle to find the right words to express what I’m feeling. But on this occasion, it’s different. In a nutshell, I’m overwhelmed! I’m overwhelmed by all the kind words and sharing of emotions on how the new music from the 4 new albums has made […]

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No More Football For Me!

As many of you might know, I’m a huge sports fan – always have been for as long as I can remember. In fact, one of my earliest memories in life is watching a hockey game between the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks at a family friend’s home when I was just 3 years old. […]

The fear of being alone

The Fear of Being Alone

This week I watched a Swedish film on Netflix called A Man Called Ove. It is absolutely fantastic – I highly recommend it! Ove’s a loner and a curmudgeon to the outside world, but inside, is in complete emotional agony over the recent passing of his wife. So much so that he attempts suicide. I […]

Ottawa Park

Should I Move Back to Ottawa?

It was a little under 24 years ago when I left my childhood nest in Ottawa and moved to the hustle and bustle of Toronto. Having lived in Toronto for this many years now, I definitely think of the city as my “hometown”. But there’s a draw that keeps pulling me back to Ottawa. For […]

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Nothing But Music On My Mind

I’m sitting here trying to write my weekly blog post. I often think to myself, ‘you should write about some non-musical topic for a change. Nobody wants to ALWAYS read about your musical hijinks!’ So, I listen to that little voice in my head and I start brainstorming something else I should write about. Something […]

Canada 150

Mixed Feelings About Canada150

When Lisa and I used to live in a house, I would hang a Canadian flag from the front porch every July 1st. I would do it because I felt a sense of pride to be a citizen of a country which gives me the ability to lead my life the way I see fit […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]