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Floodstock 08 August 15, 2008

Posted by fredillies in Music.

This has been a busy summer, and now Ali & I have been to two music festivals… one one each coast.  The Pemberton Festival in BC was a huge event: 40,000 people (including the other 19, 998 that were camping)  Last weekend we attended Floodstock in Saint John New Brunswick.  Floodstock is a charity event put on by my boss’ family to raise money for a children’s charity. (it was just a tad smaller than the Pemberton Festival 😉  Oh.. and the other difference was that I performed at Floodstock… as did with the T4G house band, Her Majesty’s Royal Morris.  Here’s some video (tip: click “watch in high quality” underneath the video)


“I’ve Just Seen a Face”


“Folsom Prison Blues”


“Fixin To Die Rag”


“The Drugs Don’t Work”


Floodstock Pics August 21, 2007

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Here are some pics of my gig at Floodstock. It was a new experience for me, and even though I was prepared, I was scared to death…it’s an awfully naked feeling standing up on a stage by yourself 😉 Unfortunately no you tube videos… maybe next year! I couldn’t hear myself very well (not used to playing with professional sound system) but I think it went pretty well… and lots of people said good things afterwards…







Floodstock August 15, 2007

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These are the songs I performed at Floodstock:
First Day of My Life (Bright Eyes)
Fall for Anything (Jeremy Fisher)
Fixin’ to Die Rag (Country Joe McDonald) –
Fire & Rain (James Taylor
Creep (Radiohead)
Teach Your Children (CSNY) –
Falling Slowly (Glen Hansard)
Bobcaygeon (The Tragically Hip)
I’ve Just Seen a Face (Beatles)
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (Cake) –
Delicate (Damien Rice)
Gimme One Reason (Tracey Chapman) –
Prison on Route 41 (Iron & Wine)
Each Coming Night (Iron & Wine)

..that was all I had time for before the sound guys packed it in for the night.

Spontaneity for a Wednesday June 28, 2007

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I hiked up Grouse Mountain (the Grouse Grind) after work yesterday. I’ve been in Vancouver for 18 months and I’ve yet to do it. It’s been scheduled several times, but something always seems to come up. Anyway, it was an incredible workout, and it was easy to see why large numbers of serious runners do this on a regular basis.

After taking the Skyride down to the base, while I waited for my bus, I got a call from my friend William to see if I wanted to go to a hear some jazz. It was the Cellar jazz club, and we saw a group called Zapato Negro. They were awesome…. and it was another great unplanned surprise…

Damien Rice Concert April 24, 2007

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I had a great surprise yesterday: while looking in the paper to see if there was anything interesting to do on a Monday night in Vancouver, I read that a second Damien Rice show was added since Tuesday night’s show was sold out. Ali was also excited to here the news, so we walked over to the Centre for the Arts (about 5 minutes from our apartment) and had time for a very quick beer before the show started. There was no warm-up band, which was unusual (and refreshing) . The venue was a great place to see a concert, and we had good seats.

Damien Rice is my favourite singer/songwriter these days, and I really enjoy playing his songs on my guitar. He is a gifted artist, and hearing him sing & play his guitar was like being in heaven. He is touring his new album “9”. I loved his previous album “0”, but I’m luke-warm on his new one. I love all his ballads, but Rice has branched out on his new album with some new harder material that I think is not very good. Not that I mind him rocking (his live version (The Lobby, Cork, Ireland) of Blower’s Daughter morphs into with a kick-ass rock piece) but I just don’t think the newer rock material is very good. The show lacked a good flow, jumping from ballads to crazy rock pieces with maniacal light show (which I was sure was going to break into giant flames shooting out of the stage 😉 His ballads were all mesmorizing, and his solo piano version of Accidental Babies had more than a few fans in tears. Seems to me that Rice follows his own path, and that he doesn’t want to fit into a tidy box (hence his identity crisis between balladeer and rocker). His encore stated by him doing a solo of “O“…and I thought his mike wasn’t working, until I realized that he was standing on the edge of the stage, singing with no amplification of any kind! I’ve never seen that at a concert – it took balls to do that in front of that size crowd…but he pulled it off. Next was the Blower’s Daughter (definite crowd fave), and then he ended with “Me My Yolk & I” which to me is a crap rock song, in which he gets into a screaming trance. Definitely not one to end the evening on (IMHO). All in all, though it was a real treat, and a GREAT way to spend a Monday night 😉

Out of Balance (w/ some bright spots) November 6, 2006

Posted by fredillies in Life Balance, Music, Work.

I wrote before about irony and life balance. Here’s another one: I’m living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world (Vancouver) where so many people are outdoors and physically active, and where life balance is so revered….and yet for the past few months I’ve had the poorest life/work balance I can remember.

It really requires practice, and I find that once the balance is tipped severely, it tends to pick up speed. I haven’t been running for 2 months due to a knee injury, and running had been the catalyst for my efforts at balance. When I was running, I was going to the gym more, eating and sleeping better, and was able to handle the stress of my job much better. So I need to practice! One way is to take a breather and write here.

This weekend I also played the guitar a bit, and learned a nice ballad: “I will follow you into the dark” by Death Cab for Cutie. Then Ali & I walked in the rain and went to see the 3D Imax movie called Deep Sea. It was INCREDIBLE. Young or old, you must go see this movie. The 3D technology was truely remarkable, and the cinematography was so beautiful.

Finally, one thing that definitely helped me put things into perspective, was this story from Sports Illustrated, about a heroic everyman Dad who does the Ironman with his disabled son in tow. This may be the most inspiring thing I’ve ever read/seen.