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January 2021
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Happy Father's Day! Watch the livestream at 8pm on YouTube. An acoustic session with a couple of standards, a couple of tunes I wrote about fellow musicians Lenny Breau and Loreena McKennit and an unfinished tune I just started writing....in an open tuning! That's a first for me. I call it the Toleration Blues.

...and I've been thinking about offering some "merch" to my fans and friends. A T-Shirt with "I'm Not Fifty Anymore" and maybe a mug.  Apparently that's the only way to make a little $$$ in the music business these days. Please take a minute and check out my survey

 

How to keep Live Music Alive

Musicians, venues, businesses and even our beloved Blues Societies are facing undue hardship throughout this pandemic.

 
How Can You Help?
Purchase your regional musician’s music
 
Artists do not earn a lot from streaming – so now is the time to invest in their music. Buy physical CDs or vinyl releases from homegrown acts (you can order online for home delivery) or purchase songs and albums digitally. This is also a good time to see if your favourite artist or band sells merchandise online.

 
Share their music

Instead of using social media to complain about politics or toilet paper hoarders, use your platforms to promote our artists to your followers and others around the world. Talk 'em up to the world and be sure to include links to their websites and videos. It is more important than ever to tell the rest of the world about the incredible talent here at home.


Donate to musicians

Support them in these difficult times. Many are offering virtual concerts via social media for you to enjoy at home. Consider using their digital TIP JAR, their PAYPAL link or their email they offer for an e-transfer to offer them assistance.


Support your Venues

Support them too in these difficult times. If they offer a take-out menu please consider using that as a means of support. Also consider buying Gift Certificates to help them out.

Support Music Education


MusiCounts works hard to enact our mission to make music education accessible and sustainable for in-need schools and communities across the country.
 
Over the past two decades, MusiCounts has allocated more than $14,000,000 of musical instruments and equipment to schools and community organizations across the country, however, they’re so much more than that. They’re building innovative, online tools and learning resources so educators can adapt to their new teaching environment. They’re honouring incredible educators and youth through their awards and scholarships. They’re collaborating with some of the brightest minds in music education to conduct research that will make positive impacts for years to come. You can donate here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/musicounts-canadas-music-education-charity/
 

Quote of the Day

Thanks for reading. Feel free to forward this to any friend you think might enjoy my occasional ramblings (and maybe my music, too). These bits and more are always available on my blog, www.torontobluesdiary.com.

See you out there, eventually...

BrianB, aka Butch, Nappy, Shaker, Two-Lane Blain, Colorblind Brian, Stringbuster, Buddha of the Blues

Upcoming
Shows

Join me for the Father's Day live stream TONIGHT at 8pm ET on YouTube

...or watch it later

I had to take a breather from the regular Sunday thing in favour of spontaneous Facebook Live Pop-ups whenever I feel like it.
 

For this album, I wanted to bring attention to the water crisis that is affecting 3 billion people on the planet. "Water Song" is a pretty dark "ear movie" with a global vibe provided by Sadio Sissokho (kora) and Harry Manx (mohan veena). The haunting vocals are provided by Ruth Mathiang. "I'm Not Fifty Anymore" kicks off the album with a little tongue-in-cheek  humour and some fine harp playing from Steve Marriner.  “The Not Worried Blues (An American Dream)” and “You Are Also His Son” were recorded with Julian Fauth and Gary Kendall, Mike Fitzpatrick and Pat Carey from Downchild.  “Blues Des Cantons (Goodbye Sherbrooke)” is a leaving-home barrelhouse boogie “en francais” with David Vest pounding the 88s. Patrick Merner added some bass & synth, and Clayton Doley overdubbed some organ from his studio in Melbourne, Australia. Ken Whiteley played some lap steel on "You Are Also His Son", Jesse O'Brien added some piano and organ to "The Mother I Never Knew" and drummer Michelle Josef provides a solid backbeat throughout.  Some songs end with extended jams (because I loves to jam) and the last track is a ten-minute acoustic soundscape with Michael Jerome Browne from the last day of recording my “Overqualified For The Blues” album years ago in Montreal. I call it “Tai Chi Ten,” …because it’s just the right pace and length for my Tai Chi set, but it makes for a fine meditation even if you aren’t moving.
 
 
Track Listing
 
 
1. I’m Not Fifty Anymore  3:07
  feat. Steve Marriner
2. You Are Also His Son  4:52
  feat. Ken Whiteley
3. Blues des Cantons (Goodbye Sherbrooke)  4:22  
feat. David Vest & Clayton Doley
4. The Mother I Never Knew  3:55  
feat. Jesse O’Brien
5. Not Worried Blues (An American Dream)  3:37  
feat. Julian Fauth
& Gary Kendall, Mike Fitzpatrick and Pat Carey from Downchild
6. Water Song  5:26  
feat. Harry Manx & Sadio Sissokho
7. Tai Chi Ten  (A Meditation)  9:54  
feat. Michael Jerome Browne

mixed by Margaret Stowe at Ozworld Toronto
mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal
art direction Linda Turu
photography Margaret Mulligan
design Keijo Tapanainen
 
Copyright © 2021 Brian Blain, All rights reserved.


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