Friday, January 06, 2006

Way to go Canada!!!

What a great series. Junior hockey rules. Good to be a Canadian.

Glad to be a hockey player. Saturday (tommorrow) is Hockey Day in Canada...can't wait!!

Heading out to see the Marlies, play some road hockey and then home to see the Leafs!!

Yah Canada!!!

(I had a great photo of the kids winning yesterday but I can't seem to upload photos here anymore...bummer!)

Heh, those of you who plan their weekends a week in advance: Friday January 13
Tim Posgate's Reduction Trio at the Red Guitar Arthouse Cafe (603 Markham St., behind Honest Eds)
9pm Start, two sets, $7 cover

I would make a reservation for dinner if I was you. Weekends are busy there now.

416 913-4586

Reduction Trio is
TP: guitar, Casio....
Jean Martin: drums
Evan Shaw: alto saxophone

Hope to see you there!!

I have a song that we play with Jazzstory called Helping Out. We haven't played it for a long time but it was composed based on the idea that you should ask your friends for help when you are in need as you are the one doing them the favour.

Today I helped my friend Gary get his ipod working. it took a longtime but it was fun, especially knowing that it would make him so happy.

We did it! I learned how to research and fix computer stuff from watching all the other folks who have helped me out over the years with computer grief!

My days are so busy day in day out with family and work that it seems I rarely get to help anyone other than my wife and kids directly.

this little thing was a good start. Helping out.


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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Here is a great article by Ellery Eskelin that is almost ten years old now but still very clear and effective regarding the life of a creative jazz musician. It covers, making records, leading bands, making money, being yourself. I think any artists could take a lot from this article, actors, dancers, film makers etc. Check it out here thanks Ellery!
p.s. thanks Reg for posting it on

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

I am suprised that the holiday is basically over. ie. my partner, Julie goes back to work tommorrow. However, I have the kids for the rest of the week. Hmm....better make some plans.

I remember planning, among other things to try to get a bit organized, paper work, music etc. (so much for that!!)

I did get a bit of a practising routine going which I feel good about.

I also watched a lot of films and some tv which is unlike me. I also watched a lot of hockey which is like me. I look forward to this weekend as Saturday is Hockey Day in Canada and Andy, me and the kids are going to see the Marlies play. Hopefully play some road hockey to and be all ready to watch the Leafs beat the Senators.

I have been doing a lot of Red Guitar work. Yes, it is a lot of work. Sometimes it is fun and interesting but I wouldn't do it if I didn't need the work. (I would probably do one night a week or something in that case) I am glad to be part of the Toronto scene, helping make lots of good music happen and creating some gigs for my friends. However, there is no denying it with a full family calendar, and a small but consistent teaching schedule I don't get to spend anywhere near enough time on my own music these days. THIS can be very frustrating and even affects my day to day happiness. (ie. I am happier when I am practising)

Having got all that off my chest I am really lucky to have a job like that where I work with great people like Corry and all the gang at the Red Guitar.

The second period is starting...Go Canada Go!

Happy Newy Year

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