more then enough road, for one man or two. it seems like just yesterday that I was booking this tour and thinking about putting the new songs to tape - it also just feels like just yesterday that I was putting seeds in the ground in hopes of growing some sort of garden - alas spring and summer have come and gone again. a part of me thought that we'd had a long summer, that the warmth would linger because it took so long to get here this year. but its safe to say that summer has left us, and yes fall is here. each day we wake up and load things in and out of the car - it seems to be getting colder and colder. we're in regina right now, had last night off and we're playing in town tonight and its amazed me to see the sides of the streets scattered with leaves and the trees bearing their branches - even though its only the start of october.
it feels good to be in the prairies. I think its been probably almost two years since I went out west to play a handful of shows, so it was nice indeed to head that way and to go out there with a new record in hand and new songs to sing, not all of the western shows were great - like anything that we do, there were ups and downs - but we always seemed to manage to find some redeeming factor, except for the one show - that was simply just a write off - but we won't talk about that. some of the most memorable nights so far were in places like calgary, mission, vancouver, twin butte and lethbridge. I think my favourite show thus far though - not that we're picking favourites here or anything - I love most shows that I play - but fernie truly was a surprise for me. I had never really been there - let alone play songs there - and it was sort of a gross night out - it was raining and damp - cold - but none the less the little space that is the clawhammer press was filled up to the brim with real kind folks that had a true appreciation for what we were doing. they were right on track with everything. there is something about nights like that - where you want to stretch out every second of the show - so that you can remember it - and remind yourself of that moment that you remember why you do what you do. there isn't a better feeling then that.
as townes said, "I'm glad this ol roads a friend of mine". we've sure met some kind folks so far. when we had nowhere to stay in tofino - we met a real nice gal who let us crash on her floor - took us to the local watering hole to meet some more kind folks - and then show us the town (the ocean behind her house) the next morning. we made friends in fernie, saw old friends in kelowna and lethbridge, drank too much tequila in twin butte, made more new friends in calgary and victoria - the list goes on and on. I love singing songs out on the road for people - but more so I love the chance meetings you get - folks I'd never get the chance to meet if I would have just stayed home.
each day out on that road is like a lifetime for me. for a moment, or an hour, or a day - you get to step into someone's life and see things from their point of view - you see their town and their friends, it gives you perspective that you didn't have before. and just like the seasons - this long road it changes a person, for the best most of the time.
just as it is good and exciting to head west - I'm always equally excited to head east. we've been on the road for just over two weeks now, and we still have a long way to go. a lot of canada to see. a lot of folks to meet. a lot of songs to sing.
as I sit here in regina right now, I couldn't be more excited to get back out on the road. I'm excited to get down into ontario - i've had a lot of fun singing for you folks out there this year, and it'll be good to get back out there.
it's also been a while since I've been back to new brunswick and nova scotia - and newfoundland. it's going to be a real treat to be out there too! hopefully you folks are as excited about it as we are.
until then, take care of yourselves. soak in the fall.
it always leaves us as quickly as it arrives.