So; alot of time in winter in Montreal has to do with thinking about going outside, getting dressed to go outside, clearing the walkway, warming up the car, then getting to where we have to go as quickly as possible.
When you have a 2 year old son, this process gets very tricky. Especially if he doesn’t want to leave the house. Couple that with being 2 parents who tour most days of the year, and you can get a good idea of what it takes.
Here we are in March. The days are supposed to be getting warmer, the birds are supposed to be returning, and we just got another huge dump of snow. My backyard is starting to resemble the Russian north and I cant find my doormat through 3 inches of ice.
All my friends out west ask why I would do such a thing like move to Montreal. “But its so beautiful here. Why would you move there???”. Well, to be blunt, because Quebec is the best province to raise a family as far as the government goes, and its the best place to be a musician because of the government’s love and support for the arts.
So. . . .this province may be buried under snow, and sometimes I look outside with dread and fear about hauling my drums through snow or driving for hundreds of kilometers for the next tour, but then I remember why I live here.
I figure 4 months of cold snow and frigid temperatures is a fairly decent trade off for and economy that allows me to get by as a musician. I’m not driving a new car or living that sex, drugs, and rock n roll life, but I am able to have a roof over my head and spend more time with my family than 99% of the world does. Not bad Quebec. Not bad.
This month is taking Ladies Of The Canyon to all sorts of adventures through Quebec and me and Cash(my 2 year old son) will be travelling with them for it all. Me: juggling many duties in the air as tour manager, and him; well. . . . taking care of all those things he takes care of:)
We will be going to Rimouski, Carleton, Matane, Port Cartier, Forestville, and Sorel.
At the end of the month we will be heading back to Toronto, ON. That alone will be a whole other journal entry!
Thanks for reading.
My first blog
My WordPress program said I should title this first blog “hello world”. A bit presumptuous considering the whole world isn’t paying attention. well; not yet. Heh heh.
No; this is not a “hello world” blog. All I am doing with this is to talk about those things I’m experiencing that I find are fairly unique and not many people hear about.
Such as being a musician/father/tour manager on the road with his 2 1/2 year old son.
This will most likely be a very predominant subject in my blogs. Perhaps I will be able to shed some light on a few myths that people may have regarding musicians lives(and the traditional role fathers used to have in their children’s lives).
I also plan to write about what it means to be a musician in Montreal and canada especially within this ever changing industry. I believe it’s a very promising and bright future. It’s just one that needs creativity and ingenuity.
So yeah; there is a whole lot to talk about. Good thing I like to talk eh?