Spring in Beijing

May Newsletter’s Final Thought, May 2011 This has always been my favourite season, and when you are mostly living somewhere for which there is hardly a season called spring, I appreciate it all the more. People have said that spring has been longer this year than it was last year and that I should appreciate the fact that it’s hanging…   …read more.

Balcony Garden

Newsletter Final Thought: July 2011 I am preparing to leave Beijing this week and head back to Canada for the first time in over six months. In fact, this is the longest stretch that I have spent away from my homeland. This morning, I found myself quiet on the balcony after I had watered the tomatoes, cucumbers and other veggies…   …read more.

11:11 — Make A Wish!

Newsletter Final Thought: September 2011 I used to view my CDs as my babies. People would ask me which one I liked the best and I would say, “I can’t choose one child over another!” They’d laugh and I’d smile and then proceed to tell them of each album’s virtues, just like a proud Mom. There’s nothing like having a…   …read more.

Help A Foreigner Stay on the CHINESE ROCK CHART!

So, some of you might know that I came back from my North American tour to find out the good news that my song has been sitting on the rock charts for a few weeks. These are China-wide Rock Charts and the songs are listener-voted. I was so thrilled to hear this news and even more excited to find out…   …read more.

Taking A Break To Welcome Change

Newsletter Final Thought: October 2011 As I sit here, snugly in my Beijing apartment, I’m acutely conscious of the fact that I am poised to take at least six months off the stage starting next week. Of course, it’s a necessity with this ever-growing belly and then with the arrival of a new baby, but it spins me out a…   …read more.

Self-Titled Cassette Graphic

"Self-Titled": Part 1

Welcome to the 11-part Blog Series serving as a “literary drumroll” to the official release of 11:11, my newest musical creation. Each day for the next eleven days, I will be chronicling the previous albums, the journey of their arrival, and the stories behind the recording experiences and release parties. In most cases, I was also able to reach the…   …read more.

INSECT

"InsectInside": Part 2

Welcome to the 11-part Blog Series serving as a “literary drumroll” to the official release of 11:11, my newest musical creation. Each day from Nov 1st-Nov 11th, I will be chronicling the previous albums, the journey of their arrival, and the stories behind the recording experiences and release parties. In most cases, I was also able to reach the original engineers…   …read more.

CORNERME

"Can't Corner Me": Part 3

Welcome to the 11-part Blog Series serving as a “literary drumroll” to the official release of 11:11, my newest musical creation. This is day #3 and there are 8 more albums to talk about after this one! Each album embodies a period in my career that has come and gone and includes audio snapshots of what was happening in my life…   …read more.

PERMANENT

"Permanent Marker": Part 4

Permanent Marker, 1999 We started working on this project in the spring of 1999 and, by this time, Lyndell and I had been working with Cheryl Reid since the fall of 1998. I remember that I was living in a basement apartment in the Toronto neighbourhood called Parkdale. I had moved into it in the fall of 1998 after having…   …read more.

WAGE

"The Wage Is The Stage" & "Snapshots": Part 5

The Wage Is The Stage, 2000 At this point in the story, all other part-time jobs were no longer in the picture and music was my full-time career. That meant that we were spending more time on the road than we were in Toronto and working like maniacs. I mean, no one said that being a full-time musician is anything…   …read more.

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