Monday, July 26, 2010

Cherries from Washington are very tasty.

I just ate a big bowl of cherries and I feel wonderful. Like I can accomplish anything (we'll see what happens when the fruit sugar wears off though...hahaha). Regardless though, this feeling is so important for achievement in my opinion. If you aren't motivated, or inspired, nothing is going to happen. So eat fruit. (I think that's my point?)

I put up a youtube vid about a month ago of myself covering Metric's 'Eclipse - All Yours' song from the soundtrack of the newest installment of the Twilight Saga. I wasn't really expecting anything to come of it - and honestly, nothing really has. BUT. It's already up to 80,000 hits with all positive comments which is pretty freaking amazing. If you haven't seen it, you can check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um6iuwUfEAE

I've also been playing a lot of gigs lately that involve my snare drum and I. Now all I have to learn is the kick drum, cymbals, high hat and tom-tom. Perfect. :)

Diddy of the Day: One time I was walking down the stairs to my basement with a searing cup of hot chocolate in my hand. As I descended, the banister on the wall broke in one place and went up like a teeter totter. I fell all the way down the stairs on my bum and when I got to the bottom, I looked up, and the hot chocolate from my cup came cascading down upon me. I don't remember if it hurt or not....

Fact: I am very clumsy.
Fiction: You can outgrow being clumsy. (I am living proof that this is a fallacy).

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Blog Time!!

For some reason I can never find the time to update my blog anymore...but I will strive to write a new post at least once a week.

I came home about a week ago from my first little "tour". Like mini me. But what it lacked in longevity it made up for in kick ass-ness. I played a wonderful festival in Bardstown KY and was also one of the live feature artists on the main radio station in Louisville. Very cool - and fun! It was about a ten hour drive there with the band - and I think I can speak for everyone when I say that the time flew by - both there and back.
Even though, on the way back, Ben thought he locked his keys in his car and so we had to wait for AAA to come break in, only to find (2 hours later) that the keys weren't even in there to begin with. Yes. Wonderful. Haha.

The morning after we came back my family and I left for Nova Scotia. It was only my dad, David Gillis, and I on all the gigs this time, but it was extremely enjoyable. :)
We played at two places on our way out to Stanfest. It's absolutely beautiful out east. And I have a feeling I may be moving out there in the years to come...maybe move near a lake or something. I love swimming.

When we finally arrived at Canso for the Stan Rogers Folk Festival we were already tired. Little did we know of the late night jamming that was to come. It was definitely my favorite festival by far and I still have the bruises to prove it. I met so many amazing people and musicians there, and staying up till 4am both nights playing music and swapping songs made it even more incredible.

Best story of Stanfest: It was 2am. I had drank 2 bottles of water. I had to go to the washroom. Picture an old summer camp site with cabins, surrounding a mess hall. To the right of the mess hall are the washrooms (more like 5 wooden sheds with toilets in them). It was very dark. Everyone forgot to leave the lights on in the washrooms so I couldn't see where I was going. But, Oh Joy! There were two minuscule blue solar lights right beside each other lighting up the pathway. Unfortunately, they only lit up about an inch of the grass around them. I had to weave in and out of cars to get to the pathway. Finally, when I thought I was home free - charging towards those little blue lights with much charisma and determination in my heart, BANG! I smashed into the invisible wooden picnic table that I swore was not there during the daylight. My shin felt like it was going to explode and I fell flat on my face on the top of the table. And you wanna know what the absolute worst part about this was??!? I still had to go to the washroom....
All in all though. It was the best time of my life - with one final gig at the Carleton in Nova Scotia to put a sword through the cherry on top of the sundae.

Fun Diddy of the Day: I can impersonate the actor of "Kevin" on the hit TV Series the Office so well that it actually scares me. In fact, the whole tour everyone kept nagging me to do it.

Fact: Bears eat beets.
Fiction: glabba glabba glorf glob