I had the loveliest post arrive at my house late this week - my cheque from the very kind people over at Edmonton Arts Council who want to help me get to Ireland and the U.K this summer. Thank you, EAC! What a relief...out of the envelope, straight onto the credit card for the flights! Easy (or not so easy) come, easy go.
I had the most inspiring week this week. During the day I helped kids learn new instruments and discover how to rock out as a band at a Spring Break camp, then I went to see the stunning Alvvays play their first Edmonton night (of two) at The Starlite. Such sublime melodies and soundscapes. I am in love. Their songwriting and arranging is gorgeous. One of the openers (sorry, Lab Coast, I couldn't hear much of you as I was standing outside, FREEZING, waiting to get in) was from Brooklyn called Frankie Rose. Fell in love with them and their lead singer. Her voice. Like satin rivers through your ears. Tingles. I also got some really sharp photos and logos from the wonderful David O'Sullivan ( www.davidos.me ) . They should be populating my site any day now.
As I sit on the bus from Calgary to Edmonton tonight, I am reading more of a wonderful book, Better Than Before, lent to me by my dear writer friend, Katie Bickell. The book is all about forming habits - good ones, for the better. It occurred to me that since starting the book, I have, ironically and much to my dismay, dropped a number of habits of late. Habits I used to do: meditate for 5 mins in the morning, automatic write upon waking, piano practice, regular reading and exercising. However, as I dropped these, I formed new ones - better, easier to sustain song-writing habits, more guitar playing and learning cover songs. Admittedly, these all have been driven by encroaching deadlines, and I met each one of them. My experiment this week will be to see if I can find a way for them all to co-exist happily and sustainably.
Speaking of sustainability - check out www.CoraBall.com on how to keep microplastics from entering our waterways every time you do your laundry - no, the answer is not to do less laundry, don't be gross! They even got a visit from the lovely Jack Johnson to support them! To my dismay I read this week that Estee Lauder and a number of other cosmetics lines have resumed animal testing to satisfy ludicrous safety standards in China's market. I used to work for Estee. I stood behind them for a number of reasons. Never again.
Big up to all the Calgary locals who got a massive shoutout from Matt Berry in the FrogEStyle podcast this week: NaPalmPom, All Hands On Jayne, Lab Coast and Fake James! And my friend got his name on the side of a jet plane....as you do.