lived in the Arctic for a period where my music seemed to incorporate more and
more Space in response to my limited northern
surroundings. One of my favourite places was a home where I lived in Old Town,
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories that looked out onto Great Slave Lake. The
house was slowly sinking into the ground due to the fact that it was built on
a bed of permafrost. But it had a rustic charm all its own. In the evening, I'd
play guitar and record songs while looking out my window at the northern lights
or losing myself in the moon on the lake. That was a magical time. |
The picture on the home page is from a street on Pinnacle Mountain in the Eastern Townships, Quebec - where I lived for a while after I left the north. There was an incredible storm where it snowed and rained for days leaving everything lost in suspended animation. This is also where many of the songs on the first album were written.
It is these surroundings and the feelings they generate that I try to capture in my playing and writing. And it is this isolated sense of pride and grace that has helped give my music and my life confidence, character and beauty.
Songwriting for me is all about air and sound and feeling. It's about locking into a rhythm, tempo or inner pulse. It is never strictly about notes or words. It's about what lies beneath. At the quiet bottom. It's about personifying people places and things in a way that describes their struggle to realize themselves. It's about understanding a thing's inner nature.
At best, a song is a place without a past, present or future. A place where you no longer exist but are displaced by something bigger. Just this strong sense of feeling connected to something and a belief that you can perhaps resonate something in someone that can make a subtle difference.
Guitar has been and continues to be a mirror through which I can watch myself evolve. It keeps me firmly rooted and sensitive to those things that make life worth living. This is why I do what I do. Music needs no external endorsement, objective measurement or valuation. It exists on it's own terms. I see my job as ensuring that a song or phrase is the best it can possibly be under a given circumstance and continuously work to improve my openness to things and my skills to re-create feelings through sound. It's as simple as that. Thanks for listening.