I was bumped up on the therapy wait list. I head in Friday morning instead of two weeks from now, and that’s exciting. I embrace talking about my experience. It helps me fit things in and take things out.

I (re) learned a lot last night:

Great friends are always thinking about you and will always have your back.

I had to reschedule my session last night with my two best pals. They sent me this in lieu:

They are both doing so well and even when their coach isn’t there, they still push it. Champions are doing the work when no one is watching. These two are champs. Thanks guys.

Music is powerful.

I don’t know where to start.

Jess and Robb, thank you. Music and Motion was a compete hit tonight and you guys were great. I can’t wait to get some pictures up from the House. For now –

@jessandrobbmusic

These two beauties came with me to the Ronald McDonald House and played an awesome set of music for the kids and their parents while the kids basically used me as a jungle gym. It was awesome. The families loved it, mom and dad got to relax, and that’s why I do this.

Then the show, K.Flay and Sir Sly both just killed it. The amazing thing about both of these artists is the poetic complexities. I’d strongly encourage you to take a listen to the hardships and the battles and the adversity in the art.

This is where the title comes from today. Borrowed and paraphrased K.Flay’s sign off before the last song she performed…”Remember, right now isn’t forever.”

That stuck.

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And leads me to wonder if the human condition has room to be fully complete…? or if the lifestyle choices and the drug use and addition and anxiety all lends itself to some higher form of the craft. Like seriously, what would we sing about? How would we relate to our audience if the new rock star lifestyle was about gluten free bread, hemp seeds and kombucha. Like how hard of a life is that?

Food for thought…

Children have so much to teach us, but we adults have a hard time with humility.

How come my nephew can squat, jump, balance and do bear crawls but my 20 something clients can’t?

Just an example…

Last night I was a human jungle gym for 6 kids 5-9 years old and feed a straight diet of sugar. And we got them all under control and relaxed. They respond well when you ask them to perform a task. They do not respond well when you tell them what not to do…

Thanks Mark England.

Child whisperer. That’s my alias.

Again, we await RMH photos for evidence.

We busy ourselves with what’s important. We prioritize our needs.

Or at least we should. Don’t take it personally, but do take it as a sign that the effort isn’t mutual and there’s a disconnect if you feel that you’re reaching and grabbing and the reciprocation is just not there.

Carry on.

Thank you for checking this out. Again, moral of the story is whatever you’re going through, highs and lows, it’s temporary. Nothing is a forever and you will be better off because of all the experiences you go through. Learn to embrace it and the journey is wicked fun.

Thanks for listening!

Til next time,

Stay sweet!

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So I did my first drum cover.

 

Believe it or not, this was the first take. I hadn’t played it since the days of Aberdeen. About 4 years ago.
“Stranger to Change” is a special track for me. I was heavily influenced by Mother Mother and their Eureka album in the writing process of this tune in particular. That whole EP was written in what now feels like an entirely different body from who I am now. However, music shapes itself around the environment you’re in and the song now signifies a renewed vision, a renewed passion for music and my undying “dreamer” attitude towards everything I do. You may hear some direct rips from my loves, MM, and that fill into the second versing structure borrows a piece and an idea I thought of 5 minutes before tracking and wrote in studio from Minus the Bear‘s “Summer Angel“. See if you can hear it.
Anyway, this track was a lot of fun to write with hip hop infused back beats and a ton of fun to play live, with extended intro and bridge pieces… I’m just glad I was able to capture it on the new Taye ProX and Soultone Cymbals. On that note, I get into it for the drum gear heads, so stick around for the chat after the track too. I’ve got some cool stuff going on for configuration.

We recorded this track with the always amazing Josh Rob Gwilliam way back in 2013, went through a lot of growth with the project and am happy to say I have become the player I am now by going through those sometimes rough growing pains. 

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To all the musicians just getting into it; if you take any piece away from this all, just keep playing. Bands will come and go and come again – it’s important for you to always keep playing.

This track is special. It’s still getting airplay.

Not bad for a terrible band from Calgary, right boys? Please enjoy responsibly.

Please Share.

Til next time, stay sweet.

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When you’re lost in the woods it’s nice to come across that old bridge again.

The one that heads north –

Out past the river, to the meadow and into the sunshine, warmth and life of the universe.

He Brandt’d it this time.

“Have fun storming the castle” he messaged me earlier today. And in one weeks time, I will.

Tuesday I will have secured a spot on the Board, and either way I will continue to push my health and wellness agenda upon the music community.

We have so much to gain. In light of the recent tragedies in our musical community, I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s a dire need for solutions to the growing problems associated with musician health and wellness. Things like chronic pain, high stress, poor nutritional habits, and a growing need of physical and emotional therapy plague our industry like every bad Nickelback single of the early millennium. We need to find ways to subsidize products and services to fit the budget of our membership; those musicians and industry that can’t afford to pay out of pocket for a massage therapist, chiropractor, nutrition coach or personal trainer.

What if we had the ability to go on the road with bands or host lifestyle workshops in places like OCL or NMC? What if there was a mobile medical service we had access to on tour? Could we create digital content like video documentaries and podcasts that bring to light the realities of the life of a full-fledged musician to others? We would only help raise awareness of this message, right?

I do believe we can. It’s my dream to bridge the gap between health and wellness and the music industry. I’m like the RUN DMC meets Aerosmith version of “Walk this Way”. And we can breakdown that wall of the stereotypical “rock star lifestyle”. We can change the landscape of the industry forever.

Because I will connect Alberta Music and it’s members to professional health and wellness service providers, our membership will have the tools to truly “next level that shit” and become the greatest version of themselves.

Now’s our chance to lay the foundation of which all other industry organizations envy. We have to start treating ourselves like professionals and investing into our development on a deeper level. With attention to personal growth, self-care and a healthy and active lifestyle, we will inspire amazing lives. With that, we’ll in turn inspire amazing art.

Thanks for listening, stay sweet.

M

If my platform resonates with you, please throw your name down below in a comment and tell me. The health movement in the music industry knows no boundaries. It’s up to us as to how we approach change.

Patiently Imperfect

Folding towels.

Far from glorious,

Or even intellectually stimulating.

Sheer ownership of such a mundane, seemingly meaningless task

Is case in point,

The epitome of professionalism.

The discipline to overcome the monotony,

The chaos of boredom,

Drives mediocrity back to its breeding grounds of “comfortable”.

The sequence of practice.

The value of repetition.

Each imperfect fold is another jump shot, Another lap.

Another strike.

Another swing to the fences,

That champions the winning mindset and the spirit within those who do.

My head’s not like my bed

Empty for a while

No it’s filled up with wanderlust,

Made a trip to the northern Isles

Hearts will break, when you give a shake

To the madness that it is

Some just stay a long for the ride

Gettin’ cut’s just part of the biz

It can destroy a man or a woman alike. From the inside out.

 

 

With just a ripple, the entire landscape changes. The trees up above seem displaced, the birds soaring overhead are off…

Even the way things seem under the surface is unsettling when that ripple takes over. It might be the wind. It might be the fish or a slap of a tail from the beaver. Whatever it was today, it doesn’t matter. It’s off. Use caution when you approach the shoreline, or the docks, or the stones across the creek…but simply close your eyes…

 

For when you come back tomorrow, you’ll see the trees, the birds, the beautiful mural of nature on the surface. And to match- and more importantly – you’ll hear the powerful symphony beneath the surface if you listen carefully. It’s just a ripple.

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Photo by Gabe Rodriguez on Unsplash