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Sunday, January 3, 2016

I've been re-guitar'd

Hi there.
I'm listening to a new Kanye West track.
For the curious.

I'm also doing taxes.
There's a lot of paper here.

It's 2016 does it feel new to you?
I feel like I want to do more this year.
I plan to do that by being more prepared.
I'm, what some people have called, a quick start. Get the idea jump into it.
Succeed or fail, move on to the next idea.
It can be a good way to live but I want to try plotting things out a little more.

Thanks again to everyone who threw in money to help me buy a new guitar.
I was able to buy a new guitar on Dec 26th. (Was hoping on a sale, but no dice)
I picked up a Martin.
It's pretty amazing.
I kept tossing up between the Martin and a Taylor.
The Martin won out for me.
 The Martin

Losing one guitar actually gained me 2 guitars.
I was able to buy an $1100 with the help of friends and family.
But I was also given one.
A Veelah. I haven't found too much info on this brand but it plays really nice.

We had to sell the RV.
We had it safetied and ... well, we tried to have it safetied. It didn't pass.
We didn't have the money to fix up the Beast so we found a fellow in Victoria who wanted a smaller RV he could fix up.
We lost a bunch of money on the sale.
But he threw in this guitar which he said he paid $1200 for.
He didn't know my situation with my guitar being stolen either.
It was pretty cool.
The Veelah

So now I'm sporting double guits.
Which is amazing!
I've always wanted to have 2 so I could have one tuned differently.
I've started learning a couple new songs.
So hopefully not before to long I'll be playing in front of people again.

I still have an album to release, figure out where we are going to live and get back to Ontario for a little while.

I'll most likely continue to be quiet for a bit.
So when something new pops up.
I shall write again.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A most depressive post.

So right now the Official Cross Canada Tour is done.
And currently I'm in post Thanksgiving food coma.
That was what I wrote last month.
Then stopped.
I assume due to the food coma.

It is true that the Canadian shows are done.
And there is nothing on the horizon for the time being.

The often talked about US tour has been put on hold.
I had gigs lined up from Washington to Texas, but had to cancel them.
There has been some troubles leading up to that tour that was really going to make it difficult to next to impossible for an early January start time.

Numero Uno!
Our RV has been eating up cash.
We've had to throw more money into than expected. (and are waiting to throw even more money into it... or sell it. Whatever happens first)

Our side business that has helped fund the tour, which does a lot of business through eBay, was almost stopped as eBay began holding all our funds for 21 days.
Creating lots of cancellations and extra work for me for about 6 weeks.

Our beloved dog Trail has been getting worse in his old age.
He just turned 16!
A vet told us he would be surprised if he lasted the winter.
Neither of us wants to be mid-tour and have him pass away or have to be put down.

And the cherry on top of this dismal Sundae...
My guitar was stolen the night after the last show in Vancouver.
I've had that guitar for about 9 years it was cracked, stained, bled on sweat on, and the sound hole had worn away to a nice dangerously sharp edge. I thought I would have it forever. Seems like the British Columbian Gods (or some random asshole) thought I needed to do away with my beloved piece of musical wood.
I also had 3 new songs written which were in the case that I'm not so sure I can recreate.
That still pangs the heart.

So here we are in BC transferring our beastly bus/house from Langley, White Rock and Mayne Island parking it in front of various members of Gina's relatives places of residence.
Recently the generator stopped connecting to our heater so we only get heat if it's plugged in.
The tiny bird Sparrow gets mighty cold in the evenings.

Gina's Sister, Kendra, did start a gofundme campaign for my missing guitar which was pretty amazing because people donated $895 for me to get a new music maker! Friends, family and people I didn't even know.
This weekend when we head to Victoria, I'l be checking out some music stores to see if anything calls out to me.

If anyone else wants to help out, I've got the new Neil Crowe tank tops available from the site they are $25.00 and will come with a demo CD of the new single, Weight of the World. Just head HERE.

So we'll be laying low for the time being.

Here are some photos from the past while.
Since, it's obvious I ill not be regaling you all with a descriptive tale of the tour.
I'll write at sometime in the future.
Sparrow's new job
I was asked to play a song. within a minute the owner set up his sound equipment around me.

Then we head just outside the Brewery and make diner.

My favourite!

Cod tongues. greasy and chewy

Party in the RV in Yarmouth

We stumbled on a few breweries that just opened this is one of them. Breton Brewing,

Quidi Vidi Brewery. We were not allowed samples. 

One of the finest piece of chocolate ever made.

Something happened to some dudes bike.

Some random fellow gave me seal meat and blueberry wine. He sent it back to the bar via taxi after he left.

Cool idea hit all the breweries, distilleries and vineyards in Nova Scotia.

We only got 10

Trail in the bar!

Unfiltered just opened!

Gynasaur begins her drum career

Yes, Steve Earle was just sitting behind me.

This drink was requested. It's rimmed with used coffee grinds.

This is the dude who ordered then drank the grossest drink I've ever seen.

Mr. Earle

Best burgers I've ever made!