Six months. It’s been a really long time since I’ve stayed anywhere for six straight months.

So I learned how to bake rye bread

And I played some Zoom concerts

And now I’m working on a series of paintings to accompany my new album.

Each one of these things turns my dining room upside down.
Or gives it life, I suppose.

Bed tracks in a pandemic

August 9, 2020

Back in March, I thought I’d be coming home from a US tour and jumping right into the bed tracks for my new album. For the first time, in all the recordings I’ve made, I was going to be in the studio with a four-piece band. We would be making music as an ensemble.

It soon became clear that ensemble situations were going to be outlawed for a while. But we really wanted to make this record in this way, so we put the project on hold until we could make it happen safely.

Now, in August, after quarantine, province-wide shutdowns, and then the gradual re-opening process, we have finally been able to realize this part of the recording project.

Huge thanks to the musicians, Mark Mariash, Devon Henderson, and Joel Schwartz (who is also producing the album) and the engineers at Canterbury Music Company, Jeremy Darby and Julian Decorte, for making this happen with all the necessary protocols in place. It was dreamy to play music with humans again.

Keep following the advice of health professionals and scientists. Wear your masks. If you want a cute, comfortable mask like the one I’m wearing in the first photo, get in touch with my friend Krista Muir.

Home making

July 9, 2020

These days, instead of following the directions from my GPS, I’ve been following the directions in recipes I never had the time to try out. My small-but-mighty neighbourhood farmers’ market just opened for the season, and for local produce in the heat and height of summer, I am grateful. It’s still hard not to feel […]

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Three months

June 11, 2020

Three months ago, I played my last live show. It was at AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island. Sitting at the bar next to the theatre space after the show, I looked up and saw this: We’re all trying to survive. That includes the many music venues that want to open again in safer days. Some […]

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Leaving Came Easy

May 16, 2020

All my live performances come from this little corner of my apartment now. Here’s another song that changed a lot during pre-production. I’ve been trying to learn it all over again as a solo fingerstyle guitar/voice song. If you missed the latest live stream on Facebook, you can check out the archived video here. Stay […]

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One More Chance

May 1, 2020

I’m waiting for lockdowns to be lifted so I can get moving on tracking my new album in the studios and with the people that are going to make it something special. In the months leading up to our current isolation situations, Joel Schwartz and I were doing a lot of pre-production work on the […]

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