A Good Friend: Just finished a short stint of shows with this fellow.
We have spent the past 2 days on our way to Sault. St. Marie detouring through America. The sky has been gray, and we have had fun pointing out the Mint colored houses in what we believe could be the north edge of the Mid-West of America. I think this is completely wrong though. America feels sad with it’s tattered flags and temporary election signs; I have made a game out of asking the staff at the gas stations, McDonalds and Dairy Queen’s if they are voting Romney or Obama while purposely pronouncing their names incorrectly as a joke on America’s international ignorance for myself. It is winter without the snow, Autumn without the leaves here.
It has been awhile since I have been somewhere completely new, and that feeling I can only speak positively of. We have no internet and no map, but rather rely what we wrote down and the information and kindness of strangers. This seems the better way anyhow.
The van possesses a nervous excitement today, for it is the announcement of the Peak Performance Top 5. Jordan and I have both been crossing our fingers, a little nervous and a little indifferent – but still with hope. I learned of my Top 20 selection when I was in America in June, and I will learn of the results as we cross the border at 6:00 tonight, which will happen before I post this blog.
We are eating healthy.
We played a show last night in the middle of Saskatchewan. The Landing was an old audotorium on the campus of Briercrest in Caronport. The building was weathered with both the elements and time; it portrayed that dilapidated prairie feeling that seems empty to some, but home to me.
For myself, it was a merging between the old and new; a new place, people and experience that I felt I strongly understood. I understood the empty fields, the quietness and the Canada Post office in the down. It made sense to me.
As a band, we played our tightest show in awhile. We didn’t write out a set-list; I called it out during the set, and even switched up a few songs. WE played Westmont because the auditorium at the college resembled the gymnasium that the song is written about. I also played Ryan Adams’ In My Time of Need because of the empty and spiritually charged nature of the room. I havn’t played this song in quite awhile, but I just felt it, and because I remembered all the words – it came across the best that I believed it could have. Last night, in my mind, was a milestone of this tour, that we have officially started 4 shows in. Sorry to Kelowna, Linden and Lethbridge, but this is the way a tour flows.
I feel both new and old – and I know this is a very abstract statement. It is good.