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February 21, 2011. Holiday Monday. 7:15 AM. Temperature: -21 Celsius. Soundtrack: Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures.

I’d much bouncing around in my brain this morning on my 9K loop: Lyric fixes for Red Lips need to get underway, new songs and scenes for Saint Aggie’s need to be written, plans need to be made for the release of the new CT album in May…and for some reason I seem to be starting to formulate ideas for a new musical, though I’m sure it’s a bad idea to be doing that right now.

Must prioritize.

Yesterday I started reformatting the Red Lips script in order to make some improvements to the lyrics. I needed to do this as the only copy I have of the script in digital form is a PDF file, so in order to make any changes to anything I would have to copy the text from the PDF into a Word or Final Draft document. You can just cut and paste from such a file (thanks for reminding me Maria), but when you’ve done it, all the formatting is gone. Mr. Timothy F. Ryan always did such a great job with the presentation of his scripts – and Red Lips was no exception. I still have a photocopy of the original draft 1 of Frankenstein (circa 1991) in Tim’s handwritten block lettering. It’s really beautiful.

So anyway, I’m working away, hoping that I’m doing it justice. I’d given the whole thing a good strong font with a decent sarif (Tim always liked sarif for some reason) and I’m finally thinking he would like this font I’d chosen. I’m about halfway through act 1 in about an hour and a half. Making good time. Everything was going great!

Then I dumped a cup of tea into the keyboard.

Amazingly, everything is going to be fine. I managed to keep the liquid to the right side of the computer by tipping it up on it’s side almost immediately (it was a split second reflex, actually – scarily fast), saving the hard drive and other important hardware from being drowned. Long story short, I’m just going to need a new keyboard. That is all. Whew!

And a couple more days.

This morning I went out for my run at about 7:15. Frightened Rabbit’s, Midnight Organ Fight was the soundtrack for a mildly harrowing slip fest through the streets of the Hood. When I reached the edge of Kinnaird Park, above a frozen North Saskatchewan River, it suddenly became worth it, as the sun rose during my morning ritual for the first time in months.

This morning I did some co-writing with my good friend Mr. Nick Perreault. We pieced together some chords that Nick was playing around with into something that I think sounds quite tuneful. Needs some lyrics. If you don’t know Nick, he is an ex-pat Newfoundlander turned ex-pat Edmontonian who now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s released several CDs including THE GOOD INTENTIONS, which was the first record we recorded at the Norwood Studio. He’s also a very talented graphic designer who has designed many fine looking record covers (among other things), including NORTH OF THE YELLOWHEAD by Captain Tractor and both of my solo records. He won WCMA for the artwork of James Murdoch’s IN TRANSIT album in which he mapped out all of the tracks and players on the recording into a brilliant subway map style design.

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  • Saint Aggie’s ’84: GCS Newsbreak April 17, 2012
    Here’s a story on the show that aired in Greensboro today.
  • Saint Aggie’s on WFMY News March 31, 2012
    Here’s an interview on KFMY television in North Carolina with Keith Taylor, Saint Aggie’s ’84’s director, and Katie Sessoms who plays Hattie in the show.
  • Adventures in North Carolina March 29, 2012
    Last week I ventured to the state of North Carolina to witness the opening of the premiere of the two-act version of SAINT AGGIE’S ’84 at the Weaver Academy in Greensboro. I flew in on Tuesday night (it was supposed to be Tuesday afternoon – thanks United Airlines) caught the dress rehearsal and watched the […]
  • A photo from another world… February 15, 2012
    Here it is. The first glimpse of the next cast of Saint Aggie’s ’84. Yes, the photo is bit grainy and slightly unclear, reminding me a little of a photo from early space exploration, an early moon probe, transmitted back to earth slowly via radio waves and taking hours to receive, decipher and print. Of […]
  • On Our Way January 25, 2012
    My new EP has on it (among other things) my version of ON OUR WAY from Saint Aggie’s ’84. You can check the song out or download it alone or with the whole EP at bandcamp. ***ALSO*** Watch for progress reports from Greensboro NC, where rehearsals are underway at the Weaver Academy for the debut […]
February 2011