Kick in the Arts, Sept. 20, 2018

“Allow myself to introduce….. myself” (Austin Powers).

So here I am a week after my 57th birthday sitting at my small kitchen table in my downsized house after a year of renovations and relocation and I’m thinking to myself ‘What now?’ I’m no longer a contributing member of the 9-5 grind club, there are no kids to take care of and no one really cares if I wear pants or not during the day (at least that’s what I tell myself – besides it cuts down on laundry). Not that I’m complaining, honestly. Nor am I lazing about the house eating Lucky Charms all day (even if they are magically delicious). So in 2018 who am I really?

Well, I like long walks on the beach, poetry and poking dead things with a stick… no, no, wait. Let’s start over.

Since 2008 I have been the songwriter/guitarist for the local folk/rock band ‘Happenstance.’ I released my solo album ‘Gallagher’ last year and have been involved in several other music projects from writing to recording/engineering. I am blessed to still be able to play and create music on a regular basis with some pretty fantastically talented people. I have always appreciated the fact that music is a gift and I have been able to share it for years with so many people.

I was happy to be a participant in this past weekend’s Hudson Porchfest, now in its 2nd year. In speaking with Tim Walsh, one of the organizers, he said they had more porches, more musicians and higher attendance than the inaugural year; a trend I hope continues with every future edition. Most impressive is that the organizers, porch hosts and musicians are all volunteers. Want to get involved as a musician or volunteer? Contact them through their website at https://hudsonporchfest.wordpress.com/

Having been a member of the art and music scene in the region for so long I am always amazed at how much the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area has to offer. We have a vibrant theatre and music scene, incredible artists creating masterpieces from oils to clay and a cornucopia of events, festivals, exhibits and performances that compete with many major centres – all a stone’s throw away.

So when The Journal asked me to contribute to a weekly column extolling the virtues of the arts in our region I jumped at the chance. Now to be fair I have mostly been writing song lyrics for the last 15 years or so which for the purposes of a newspaper column is just about as useful as the letter ‘a’ in ‘bologna.’ I’m actually surprised I have not tried to rhyme even just once during this piece.

I would love to hear from you – the more input from artists and readers the better! Do you have an arts event coming up? Something you’ve experienced that you think people need to see? An upcoming musical release or concert? Email me at kickinthearts@yourlocaljournal.ca. Together we can give the region a kick in the arts and help people discover the cultural riches all around us!

Thanks for being here. I hope this is the start of a beautiful friendship.

Sociable!

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