The latest note from the GCRAT is coming from the warm, comfort of HFX. Was i crazy? Why didn’t someone stop me? Suicide?
Anyway some advice to future touring solo acts:
Never, and I mean never, try to gig across the country with a “TBA” filled in for money and accommodations on your contracts; and no matter how positive you are about your own abilities to survive, never plan to hitch in the winter; always ensure that the granting procedures are done early! Most importantly never ever leave a beautiful caring women at home for a winter walk about.
In the past couple of weeks I’ve traveled over 4000 km, on the end of my thumb and a prayer; the gigs were awesome, the people were all very responsive and CD’s were all sold. The scenery was absolutely artful. But I began to wonder, is this 45 minute performances worth three days of freezing and begging? Choice became obvious when I was faced with North Ontario’s winter storms and thousands of KM’S of icy roads and few resting stops.
Once I went west of T.O. there would be no turning back. While in Toronto I decided to Hitch home and cut the losses. Of course for the first time since I hitched up it stormed like a dirty bastard for the entire period that I was on the road (surprise). At two o’clock in the morning some place north of Montreal, I had a bit of an euphony…….the wind can blow and the snow can drive but I’m headed in the right direction. Some thirty hours of messy roadsides and strangers rigs, I finally arrived in HFX. (There were many Angels!)
Wade has been great and the Boone’s New Music network has been effective and I owe huge thanks to Gord Sampson for the accommodations on Queen St. and to Tom Fidgen and Doug September for the wheels to Montreal. Melissa, sorry about the Victory tonight.
So in closing all you dreamers and doers out there remember:
although love will win good days
the real world still exists
although there is magic in your creative fires
temper it with some common sense and good advice
european tours are worth living for
god in any society is the collective
now they know