Friday, May 25, 2007


Following a (hopefully) stonking good Pentecost service on Sunday (baptisms and red helium balloons!) we are hopping on an airplane for a flight to the country of my birth. For those of you who haven't been to Canada I helpfully regurgitate the following public information video on real Canadian life.

Don't let anyone tell you that Canada has changed and that most of the country lives in quite typical North American suburban bliss. That's bollocks! Canada is still the land of great expanses, Indians, French Canadian trappers, Mounties, the lot. We've got 'em all. The mounties still sing to girls in the forest. I don't know where they hide the orchestra - probably behind trees.

Saltspring Island (where my folks live) is perhaps populated a tad more extensively by retired folk wearing pastel golf shirts. I shall post a few pics when I get there.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Flesh and Spirits. New Album by the Gena Rowlands Band. The title song. One one hand it's about somebody staring dreamily at a waitress. On the other hand there's lots of philosophy there. Flesh and Spirit - the limits and frailty of flesh but their ability to be a vehicle for Spirit. Good stuff.

Ah! A reasonable day. A warm wind. A Scottish vista. Holidays in the offing. Electricity bill paid. Concord between the sexes. Concord with one's children.

"Loud and Clear"
- Pink and Noseworthy (Shanee Pink and Mark Noseworthy - what did you think the band's name meant?!?!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Is anybody else going to the Churches' Media Conference at Swanwick from June 11th - 13th? If you are then please drop me a line beforehand and we'll get together and drink a few, erm, Lemonades! The list of contributors looks very interesting.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Just a brief message of hope to musicians in their fifties that creative life doesn't end there.