How I Became a Home Fry

Mar 17, 2016 by

When I was a preacher’s kid growing up in the small town of Mount Forest, Ontario I used to dream of being discovered by one of the singing groups that passed through on tour. In my dreams they would sweep me off my feet and give me a bunk on their bus and we would take off on a cross country adventure, meeting enthusiastic audiences wherever we went. The bands came and went but I remained undiscovered. So my friend Janine and I put together a group of our own. I don’t recall what we sang or what we called ourselves. All I remember is the feeling. My family moved away and Janine and I lost touch for decades until we found each other again on Facebook. She is as all round creative as...

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Home Free in Buffalo

Mar 13, 2016 by

When I was 15 years old my family moved to the town of Fort Erie just across the Peace Bridge from Buffalo, New York. My mother resisted. Fort Erie was a border town and God knows what evil might make its way to us from the other side of the river. We never ventured across the bridge. Except once for an Andre Crouch concert where the audience was mostly black and there was dancing in the aisles. I’m not sure which made my parents more uneasy. “You don’t want to get lost over there and find yourself in the wrong neighbourhood,” they used to say. I can’t remember who they were, but their words of caution lodged in my mind, so although I’ve lived my whole adult life a little more than an hour...

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Walk Softly and Carry a Big Suitcase...

Feb 6, 2016 by

“Everything has a value, provided it appears at the right place at the right time. It’s a matter of recognizing that value, that quality, and then to transform it into something that can be used. If you come across something valuable and tuck it away in your metaphorical suitcase there’s sure to come a moment when you can make use of it.” Jurgen Bey (How to Explore the World, By Keri Smith) Last week a client called me to come in for a meeting. She is leading a new Learning Centre and wanted to talk through her vision. To pick my brain for ideas. At the end of the conversation she hired me to consult on the project. At the end of the meeting she said that she called me because she knows that...

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100 True Fans

Feb 4, 2016 by

A rule of thumb in the indie business world is that you need 1,000 true fans to make a decent living. True fans are those people with whom your work and your voice really resonate. They believe in you and what you’re doing and are always curious to find out what you’re up to next. They are inclined to buy what you’re selling and to show up to see you when you go on tour. You can have any number of “friends” and contacts and likes. But it’s the true fans that really count. I have 100 true fans. And I am deeply grateful for every one. Many of you have followed my work for years, and in some cases we’ve collaborated on joint projects too. Because I have 100 true fans, I can...

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