A special thanks to all involved with my album!!!! It just won for “World Recording of the Year” at the 2014 ECMA Awards in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Last night was a very rewarding evening. John Parker, manager at Long and McQuade in Halifax, called me on Friday of last week and suggested a fantastic idea. He asked if I wanted to stage an old school vinyl listening session at the store like they used to in days long past. Of course, I thought this an amazing idea. I am also very grateful for his support and overall excitement for the album. Thanks, John.
So we set up my turntable and invited a bunch of people and, just after seven o’clock, dropped the needle onto the LP for the first time to public ears. It was one of the most rewarding moments of the making of this album. As I heard the songs play out, I watched people just sitting…listening…taking it in….and thought to myself, ” When does this happen anymore?” …”why doesn’t this happen anymore”…
Even myself, who sings the praises of the classic notion of an album and the processes used to create the masterpieces we know and love from pop history, has limited time to just…sit…and….listen. Not watch. Not surf. Not click. Just listen. It was magical.
I decided that I want to do this more often. Thanks, again, John, for an amazing night and I will let you all know when I plan the next one. Until then, take a moment, if you can, to put on your favourite CD or playlist…turn off the screen…sit…focus…listen…and enjoy music the way people did when the world had time to wait.
Back home in snowy Halifax and excited to start preparing for the release events. It was an amazing trip on the west coast of this continent….from Puerto Vallarta to Salt Spring Island and nowhere in between….i met some great folks and played some great shows.
It was great to get some full sets under my belt as a solo act. It is a very different feeling to have the stage to oneself. I enjoy the story telling and the independence. My live guitar rig worked out very well and I’m looking forward to discovering more of it’s capabilities. I do miss the comraderie that pervades the “band” format…and can see that touring as a solo act could become very claustrophobic at times…but I am liking the agility that comes with it.
I will have some dates for Halifax and region performances by Monday.
Until then, have a great weekend!
On the eve of the first show of the new album release, I have been busy getting the effects board suited out for the guitar. Thanks to Andre Bourget at Tapestry music in white rock, BC , for the help in the pedal upgrades.
I will be playing two sets at Raw Canvas on Hamilton Street in downtown Vancouver. It is a really fitting venue for the first show of the album since it is a place where one can have dinner or a drink and also paint their own painting on a canvas…very cool idea….and very fitting since the album cover is a painting I did…
Looking forward to meeting new folks in Vancouver…it’s my first Vancouver show ever.
Cheers and wish me luck
Well, the home stretch is in sight. All the beautiful images taken by Chris Geworsky have been ported over to my computer where I’ve been hacking away at assembling the artwork with my brother, Shehab’s, help. It’s looking good so far. It’s amazing how different putting out a recording is these days. It’s better in many ways in that one can put their stamp on every part of the process if they want, but it’s a bit sad, really, because we’ve all turned to our computers as our workmates instead of actual people. Back in the golden era of recording, myself, the artist, would have been just relaxing somewhere while the artwork was being assembled by a team of graphic designers; worried about film and ink and drafting pencils…but, alas, here I am, taking a break from Adobe Illustrator….and still chatting with a computer….
But it’s all good. The vinyl is all pressed….the jackets are made…the videos are done….all in all, things are progressing well.
‘Till next time,
Shehab Illyas, brother and co-producer of my album, “Synesthesia”, has an exciting new project on the go. He is currently in post-production of a 30 minute film that is , basically, videos of all 7 songs from his new recording in a row – as part of a short-film titled, ” Top of The World”. I co-produced the album in return for his efforts on mine and co-wrote a few of the songs too.
It’s a unique concept; to have a “film” that uses the songs as it’s narrative… It’s pretty amazing — all shot on the Red Scarlet and directed by Shehab. Go to the site and check out the teaser.