This is me and Beatrice… She’s the piano I toured with from 2005 to 2010. A 64 upright. She also appeared on 2 of my albums: Let’s Slow It Down and Good Watermelon. I still own her, but she’s at the home of my ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend. Anyway, last night I had a dream about her. I was playing at some… …read the rest.
hey there guys. tomorrow i’m heading into the studio to finish my new album, still untitled. i’m a little nervous, but very very excited and proud of these songs. today i went for a 2 hour walk in high park, to decompress and stock up on inspiration. i saw a guy with an electric guitar near the lake, and he… …read the rest.
Last week I filmed 2 songs for the wonderful Southern Souls video series. Me, bassist Ben Whiteley and drummer Liam Titcomb headed to Ben’s parents’ house and performed a new song, “Al Green” and an oldie, “Wait For The Tea To Steep” for the camera. The house has 2 grand pianos! So for “Al Green” we headed into the basement… …read the rest.
I’m sitting in Charmaine’s Place, a cool new Italian-Jamaican eatery near my apartment. Charmaine’s awesome. I want to write a bit about songwriting tonight… Some days it’s so hard. I’m tense, anxious, over-thinking. And my work requires me to be loose, open, relaxed and intuitive. So it’s tied up to how I live my life. And sometimes it’s so hard… …read the rest.
hey all! I’m excited to let you know that I’m planning on finishing recording my new album next month with Howie Beck here in Toronto. We finished 3 songs in the Spring and I really dug the chemistry and sounds. I’ve been hard at work finishing the songs I have on the go and choosing which ones feel like a… …read the rest.
Here’s a quick glimpse into something I’m doing while I’m not touring, here in Toronto. I play the “piano man” over at the Madison Pub, singing songs for a lot of people in their early 20′s. I’m always surprised at how much they’re into the old classics – but maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. Those songs are built to last…. …read the rest.
just got back from a canoe trip this weekend. i went with my two brothers, mark and daniel, and our friend michael to paddle the devil’s river in parc mont-tremblent. it was a wonderful adventure. ended up with us missing our bus back to our car and having to wait 3 hours. some nice rapids. i’m getting into white water… …read the rest.
I’ve been doing these weekly shows at the Cameron House in Toronto this summer. I’ve taken it as an opportunity to try out different band configurations and lots of new songs. Here’s a photo from this past Monday, taken by my friend Peter Katz. I did the show with Liam Titcomb joining me on drums and I really liked the… …read the rest.
I wrote a song this morning called “Benny Moré On The Radio”. Sometimes in the morning before getting to work I dance alone in my music room, and this morning I was dancing to Benny Moré. He was a Cuban superstar in the 50′s. The first line of the song came to me and I was off. I’ve added the… …read the rest.