This will be quick. On June 9, my daughter and I were hit by a drunk driver outside of Cranbrook , BC. It was devastating and we strive each day to heal and understand why we were spared but we were. We are forever grateful.
I have not been able to write a post or sing but my passion is still as strong. Currently my Solo cd is being sold at cd Baby and 20% of sales go to MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. CdBaby has agreed to donate 50% of their fee also.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 880 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 15 trips to carry that many people.
2012 was a busy year with winning Song of the Year award (Kootenay Music Awards), music concerts, my day job, a little day surgery and Jesus Christ Superstar! The Tall Man film was finally released and the local screening at the Capitol Theatre was a memorable event, not only to see my own mug on the big screen with Jessica Biel, but to see so many local faces and our beautiful Kootenay area, it was a real treat.
In the the fall I began rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar, one of my favorite scores of musical theatre ever, and one of the most well known stories ever to be told. I had the privilege to be assistant director and play a few minor roles such as a decrepit leper, soul girl in a bad wig, and heartless reporter. I also participated in the first Canadian staged reading of “8”- the trial transcript of California’s Prop 8 that is still in litigation over gay marriage rights. Artistically speaking, it has been an personal amazing year; thanks to all who listened to the music, bought a cd, watched the movie, came to a concert or the play. It means nothing without an audience and other great artists to work with.
In March 2013 I begin rehearsals for Cabaret. Directing this play is a dream come true. Thanks to Sydney Black for asking me.
Happy New Year to all and may 2013 be a happy and peaceful year. May we stay cognizant of those who suffer and need our help; may we be ready to stand up for our rights and those less fortunate.
March 2012 – Ellison’s Cafe, Nelson, BC -Acoustic
July 1 2012 – Lakeside Park Concert, Nelson, BC – 7 piece band
July 14, 2012 – Kootenay Cultural Festival, Castlegar, BC – 6 piece band
July 28, 2012 – Benefit concert, Johnson Landing Slide, Nelson, BC – Acoustic
November 8-11, 2012 – Jesus Christ Superstar, Nelson, BC – live theatre
The song, Movin’ On, from my debut album, SOLO, won Song of the year, March 31, 2012. The event was so well organized, thanks to Chad at Quickshot and Kootenay Co-op Radio. The song was written by my friend Janet MacEwen and her friend, Liz Tansey, both of Toronto. I recorded their song in the summer of 2011 in Nelson BC. I had to make a decision on what to enter to the contest because I love so many songs of the cd – it was a tough call. I should have entered Album of the Year.
I was in awe to win and to be included with such a diverse group of artists. I am so thrilled to have my award sitting on my fireplace mantle. Thanks to everyone who voted! Now to get ready to do some summer festivals – onward and upward!Cheers.
http://kootenays.myezrock.com/Blogs/WayneAndJayne/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10317521 This interview is from November 2011. Plus CBC Radio has agreed to accept the CD for national play – very exciting for me. I will post what shows it has been disctributed as soon as I know. Cheers; big snow in Nelson today.
CBC has distributed it nationally so it could be played anywhere! Keep an ear out and let me know if you hear it. Thanks to the friends who have already told me they did.
As 2011 comes to an end I wanted to look back and say how thankful I am for the good fortune I have had. As a singer I was blessed to release my first album with songs I am honoured to sing, and musicians I count myself lucky to play with. It was an amazing experience. I am currently looking at summer festivals to play and to have the cd reviewed for national exposure. I will be featured in the spring in an INDIE online magazine Rising Magazine – that is exciting.
Videos of the latest concert in Nelson can be viewed on youtube check out my first compositions, Closer, co-written with Carol Street http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLZLmNgz5C8 plus three more videos. Movin’ On, written by my friend Janet MacEwen, and Liz Tansey, was a show stopper!
Happy New Year everyone, thanks for your support.
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