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Brave and Badass

I saw Leslie Feist tonight. She was alone on stage playing the bones of the songs we have grown to know. New twists on familiar melodies. A woman, who alone is as mighty as her most recent, massive band. Two songs in, she confessed to nerves.

Before her, played her friend, Kevin Drew. Lone wolf.  Normally backed by a huge band of friends in Broken Social Scene, sometimes including his pal Feist. He too, nervous and generous with his vulnerability.

A special guest, their friend, our Canadian hero, Gord Downie, joined them, with humour and in the utmostest of mutual respect and admiration. They sing “Flamenco” from The Hip’s  1996 Trouble in the Henhouse.  A moment.

Easily three of the most powerful, popular people in Canadian music. Stars. Brave enough to create what is theirs and rock out on stage with a huge band to masses. Brave enough to book a solo tour and return to the songs on their own, with nerves and confidence.  Friends, singing each other’s songs. Sharing the stage because they love each other and because it’s just as much a thrill for them as it is for us in our seats, losing our minds as witnesses to what may never be replicated.

I spent the weekend at the East Coast Music Awards, singing on stages with my friends and my heroes. My version of the same thing. No matter the geographic location, the kind of music or the number of years in the business, music is a community I feel extremely lucky to be a part of. It’s an electric thing.

Leslie Feist, Kevin Drew, Gord Downie are pals.
Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, and Buddy Miller are good buds.

Reassuring and inspiring to see heroes can be nervous and excited while being completely badass.

I love music. Kevin Drew’s new record, Darlings, is great. Get it.

r

SPECIAL ECMW SHOW – CBC’s ATLANTIC AIRWAVES – “MUSICAL HEROES”

I will be participating in a special East Coast Music Week edition of CBC’s Atlantic Airwaves next week in Charlottetown, PEI. Here are the details!

CBC Atlantic Airwaves Presents”Musical Heroes”
featuring Rose Cousins, Amelia Curran, David Myles & the Barra MacNeils
Thursday, April 3rd. 2014 – 8:00PM
Delta Prince Edward & PEI Convention Centre
Charlottetown, PEI
TICKETS $20

I am looking forward to being back on the Island and amongst the great Atlantic Canadian talented buds!
Gonna be a time!

See you there,

r

A SMALL BREAK

It’s an evening with more light. It’s not just from the time moving toward spring (considering we had a snow hurricane last night), it’s because I’m home.

Home is a privilege. Home is an idea when I’m on the road. Home is often where the music is made but in order for the music to fly, I must fly. So, I savour these evenings with no plans. I savour the multiple mid afternoon spontaneous coffees & drink with friends, then doing it again the next day, or right now, if I feel it.  I delight in waking up because I’m done sleeping. I use recipe books and my local grocers. I walk instead of drive. I’m taking a course at the local art college. I buy the odd lottery ticket.

It is the road that makes home such a blanket. It is home that reminds me this job is hard to explain.  The road stirs. Home cradles. I see that I need both and that transition is just always going to be a rickety bridge between.  Luckily, I don’t have to walk across it for a few more weeks.

This is the longest break I’ve had since I started this 8 years ago.  I’m healing in all ways, including from an actual break of a bone as the universe drove home its point (my elbow) that it really is time to move slowly and take care. I never thought I would break a bone. I’m putting it on the list just to check it off.

I’m not in a rush for anything. It is an amazing feeling. I will savour watching the Eastern Canadian Spring come across its own rickety bridge, turning winter into a nourishing drink for everything under the dirt.

Can’t wait for the bloom.

r

In My Player: Kodaline – In a Perfect WorldRoyal Wood – The Burning BrightKevin Drew – Darlings, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West – Lady of the Tall Trees

Read and Reading: The Untethered Soul – Micheal Singer, Jann Arden – Falling BackwardsDance Dance Dance  – Haruki Murakami

 

MERRY RESTMAS

Today was a new kind of Christmas Day.  I snorkelled around the Great Barrier Reef. I ate dinner outside in the warm night, the air full of sea. I am thankful for these few days to rest.  I’ve needed a good float.  It’s been an intense and enlightening 6 weeks of touring in Australia.  I am now driving with confidence on the wrong side of the road.  I’ve got 2 more weeks to go.

I hear of the ice storms and power loss in Toronto and I hope that everyone found a place to have their celebrations today. I was happy to see via Skype, that there’s snow on the ground in PEI.  Sending light and warmth to unthaw those who need it.

I hope most of all that regardless of how you celebrate and even if you don’t, that you take a rest. One of the hardest things to do but one of the most necessary not to forget. Work hard, yes. But build in time to float.

If I don’t become a bird in my next life, I’d take a shot at a tropical fish. They are like underwater birds.

Merry Restmas to you, from me, under the sea.

r

In my player:  Joni Mitchell’s Blue, Missy Higgins – The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man

Reading: Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop  Talking – Susan Cain

WE HAVE MADE A VINYL!!

I’m happy to announce that WE HAVE MADE A SPARK is now available on VINYL!

ORDER BY TODAY, DECEMBER 10th  in CANADA &
DECEMBER 16th in the USA and you should receive by the holidays!

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Click the image above and place your order!

Old school is the new school cool. Spin it.
r

 

Hello up there!

G’day Mate!
(they really say that)

Tonight I’m in Charleville, Queensland and about halfway through the FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS, an idea born in Prince Edward Island and happening now for the first time in Australia! It’s almost midnight and it’s 31 degrees Celsius. Unlike any other December I’ve known.

My touring mate JORDIE LANE and I are making sweet music in some truly beautiful small town halls in Queensland. I’ve seen kangaroos, emus, lizards, goats, cows, wombats, cockatoos & many other birds of prey on the outback roads. Like the small towns at home, people here are kind and willing.

I’m learning an entirely new vernacular.  I can eat ripe mango every day. All the trees and birds are new and flowers fill the air with amazing aromas. I feel like I’m in a storybook. The heat & bugs, I’m still trying to get used to.

You can keep track of our travels by visiting the Festival of Small Halls Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/festivalofsmallhalls

You can also follow my personal photos on instagram here: http://instagram.com/rosecousins#
Have a cracker of a day!