I try to schedule my time with people very carefully; with introversion, there’s a delicate balance between isolation and over-stimulation. I always make sure I get a lot of alone time between major events. The only problem is that means I’m alone for too long when plans don’t work out.
On the other end of the spectrum is the fact that I can never say no to people if I’m too busy. I’m the one without kids, so my schedule is a lot more open than most my friends, and I never know when I’ll have another chance to see them. This is probably why I’ve been filming for four days straight.
Luckily, this included a wonderful performance by the inimitable André Bluteau, whose debut CD is out now, and which you should most definitely purchase after listening and subsequently loving.
I added a touch of grading to give the video a bit of creamy 1950s American diner feel. I’m thoroughly impressed by Apple’s Motion software, and the power it has to create object-tracking text effects. Text can add such a nicely subtle cinematic touch, though doing 3D transformations to make words match the plane of a foreground object is an exercise that will make your eyes bug out.
The only thing preventing me from making out with this man was his green hat. Don’t, don’t, don’t cover it up.
Also headlining was Andrew Vincent, who opened his set with Girlfriend’s Dog, a song I first gave to Bronwen when we started dating. It was right before she moved in for the summer, and she had Bear, who was also a Labrador Retriever.
Now I understand why I need to much time in between events. After the concert, I didn’t fall asleep until three in the morning, even though I was exhausted. The struggle not be shy and introverted drains me, but the simple act of being around so many people leaves me inordinately energized. It’s too much sometimes, but I never know what to think of that feeling.
The last stop of the 1000 Crooked Miles was right here at Zaphod’s in Ottawa. The last song of the night was Jesse’s (who was headlining) with a performance of Halifax Rap Legend, the beat taken from his upcoming album.
I know of no other rapper who can use the expression “resting on your laurels” in their rhymes. I suspect this is why MC Chris once named him as the only rapper he liked.
Attention Ottawa people! I’m having an indie music concert at my house this summer1. That’s right, it’ll be an intimate night of folk and rap songs with Shane Watt and Jesse Dangerously. Remember these two from the concert I went to earlier this year, where this awesome and impromptu collaboration happened:
You also may have read about Jesse in an Ottawa Citizen article last month, or seen Shane performing with Krista Muir over the last few years. Well, I wanted to see both these artists perform again, so I invited them to my house. Not only will it be a night of authentic music (with another collaboration, I’ve been told!), but there will be free ice cream, and you’ll get to meet my cat, with whom you’ll fall in love2. Shane has also hinted that he might bring a special guest for the night. So come and meet the musicians, support local Canadian talent, and have a fantastic time.
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When I watched Moonstruck in my university “Music in the Movies” class, we studied a scene where Ronny Cammareri (Nicholas Cage’s character) has a date with Loretta Castorini (played by Cher) at the Metropolitan Opera. She takes off her coat, and he says, “Thank you…You know it’s been a long time since I’ve been to the Opera”.
In his face, you see that he’s not talking just about the opera. After losing his hand and fiancée, he’s at the Met, arguably the most prestigious opera house in the world, with a beautiful woman in a black dress, and he’s missed this.
Even in the screenplay, there are set directions for the scene when they arrive:
CROWDS OF PEOPLE in beautiful clothes fill the plaza created by the three great buildings. A glorious fountain filled with lights forms the centerpiece. Behind the fountain, grand and splendidly lit, is the magical Metropolitan Opera House.
Ever since, The Met has been this place I’ve dreamed of attending. Unfortunately, it’s in New York, and decent seats can cost over $100.
So when my local movie theatre started offering live HD broadcasts of performances there, I decided I should go. To fulfill a dream in spirit, if not in the flesh.
This was by far the best concert I’ve ever been to in my life, and not just because Shane dedicated It’s A Drag to me and Julie (although that was TOTALLY AWESOME).
It was the intimate setting, chill atmosphere and awesome music that made it unlike any other performance I’ve attended. This private show was at 160 Workshops, a house that regularly opens its doors for craft workshops to bring people together in the Ottawa community.
Shane’s songs are always best in small venues like this. They’re personal and subtly striking, and the acoustic sound really brings that warmth across.
Shane did a mix of old and new material, then took requests from audience members, along with some participation on vocals, spoons, and cowbell. There also happened to be Canadian nerdcore rapper Jesse Dangerously in attendance, and after some prodding, he provided rhymes for Girls by the Beastie Boys, along with beatboxing background percussion for Les Ouaouarons.
And, of course, Krista Muir (aka Lederhosen Lucil) was the headliner, promoting her new full-length album, Accidental Railway. The album includes a huge map for a fictional town that Shane made, with names of streets and places taken from memories of their tour together.