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And no, it’s not the raising terror alert in US.

It is, in fact, the colours of my script getting shorter. Much shorter. As difficult as it might be to cut, with each cut the story actually seems to be getting clearer. It feels, at first, as if you are stripping away important details, but in fact what is actually happening is that you are focusing the eye of the audience on what is truly important. It’s really interesting. Not easy, but interesting.

So first it was yellow: tactical large chunks. Now it is orange: more surgical, but still some big pieces. I’m thinking next will be green…those will be the cuts that can’t even fathom doing right now. By the end of this my script will be very colorful indeed.

In any case, the Red Arrow is the only way to move between YYC and YEG, cruising right by each airport on the way. Oh, there’s YEG. Home soon.

I have not been running. Injured leg. So I have been swimming, which doesn’t make for much of a photo, not to mention that it would destroy my iPhone. And although I find swimming great exercise I find it incredibly boring, you can’t listen to music and there’s all the counting (lengths) and all that business about trying to remember to breathe, etc…it’s just too hard to think. So for the past few mornings I have been riding my newly refurbished 12 year old mountain bike that is a bit too small, but will have to do. This morning as I rode I listened to some demos of the new show I’ve been commissioned to write. I promised myself that I would finish Saint Aggie’s before I launched into this new project, but as it turns out the new play will be due first, and I’m feeling a need to get a feel for it, if nothing but for my peace of mind. I’ve decided that I’m going to finish the opening scene/song and a few other stand along songs, and then I’ll get back to Saint Agatha’s Academy.

June 9, 2011 – 7:05AM (+9 degrees Celsius)

I’ve been running but not putting these up for the past few days. I’m not sure why I’ve not been posting them. This morning, I listened to the latest Decemberists record, The King is Dead. I’ve been listening to it on and off for the past few months and I have actually been in enjoying it, however, yesterday I heard them talking to Jian on Q about how they got Peter Buck from REM to play lots of the guitars in the studio (well…barn), and now the whole thing makes much more sense to me. This is the danger of purchasing music from iTunes and not having liner notes to read. I’d been thinking that “All Arise!” sounded more than a lot like “Orange Crush”. Ahh… I get it.

April 23, 2011 – 8:27AM (-1 degrees Celsius)

April 22, 2011 – 8:01AM (-2 degrees Celsius)

April 21, 2011 – 7:17AM (zero degrees Celsius)

Religion and politics should never mix, but there’s nothing wrong with a healthy pairing of governance and good old rock n’ roll.

…or Folk ‘n Roll…

…or country.

Remember when Canada was cool!

On May 2nd let’s consider our options.

Check out this character. He looked pretty rockin’ in his pre-Bloc days.

He almost looks a little like this guy…

…Chris Murphy from Sloan.

And what about Jack?

Nothing to say but: rock star!

Elizabeth May has enlisted the services of rockstar hockey enforcer Georges Laraque.

Even Iggy’s been sited with Rob Baker from The Tragically Hip…

…and some even more iconic characters.

But Harper? Who’s Harper hanging with? Oh, yes.

This is how you will be reminded…a vote for Harper is a vote for Nickelback.

Listened to Saint Aggie’s again this morning (God there’s some stuff I’d like to remix) but thought mostly about the (yet as unnamed and still formulating) new show. Trying to come up with a good newsy line like “Keeping them honest” that is a catch phrase for one of the main characters. It would be great if it could end up being a song title. Meh. It’ll come. Going to work Tuesday on the new Aggie’s songs…and one more re-mix of the Wheat Pool.

April 17, 2011 – 8:21 AM (-5 degrees C)

Listened to the cast recording of Saint Aggie’s ’84 this morning. I wrote two scenes for the show yesterday and I’m thinking the two week completion deadline might actually be achievable. I’m going to start on a new song for the show on Monday which I think I’m going to call something like “HOW CAN THINGS BE WORSE THAN THIS?”, about being characters stuck in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare.

April 16, 2011 – 7:45 AM (-1 degree C)

I have to finish Saint Aggie’s ’84 in the next two weeks. That is the deadline I’ve set for myself. This morning as I sloshed through the ice and slush I thought through the directions in which the play is going to go. Some of the ideas are going to shake things up considerably. On my headphones was Radio 3 again. I love that Danny Michel song, “Switchman” that’s from last year’s Sunset Sea record. I’ve heard it a few times on R3 in past couple of weeks. The “Switchman” in the song is the guy that switches us between the tracks as we chug along rails of our lives where we have little of no control. It’s all up to him, the “Switchman”. Well, “Switchman”, just let me finish writing this damned show, let me figure out how to fix scene 3 and don’t let me slip on this f#@KINg ice.

April 15, 2011 – 7:25AM (-2 degrees C)

Listened to an interview with King Cobb Steelie on Radio 3 this morning. (They’re celebrating 20 years as a band). I remember meeting them a few times around T.O. in the 90s when we were there all the time. Great band. Made me feel like it wasn’t too crazy to be putting a new record out after 17 years! And another good omen: CD BABY has sold out of FAMOUS LAST WORDS and it’s only been up on their site for 3 days…they just sent me an urgent message asking for a re-stock. That’s pretty cool…of course, they only stocked 5 copies. But this time they’re asking for 12. We’re moving up in the world.

As I set out running this morning the wind was blowing and the snow was beginning to fall. Josh Klassen’s spring storm had arrived…and it hasn’t stopped since…14 hours later. Uggghhhhh!!!!

Tomorrow the photo will be white again.

April 14, 2011 – 7:21 AM (-1 degrees C)

Still tweaking the Wheat Pool mixes this morning, but mostly listened to the Saint Aggie’s recording on the run. I will be performing with the cast this evening at the Winspear Centre as part of the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts. I’ll be playing guitar and although I did write the song, I’ve never actually played it live. So I thought I’d actually better learn the song we’ll be playing. No problem…hopefully. Should be a fun night.

April 11, 2011 – 7:19 AM (Zero degrees C)

Listened to mixes of the two new Wheat Pool songs we tracked last week a bunch of times on my run this morning. A new original called “Swallow it Whole” and a cover of the Gordon Lightfoot song “Circle is Small”. Some tweaks to address tonight, but sounding pretty good.

April 10, 2011 – 7:53 AM (Zero degrees C)

RSS My Saint Aggie’s Blog

  • 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 […]
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