Posts Tagged ‘musician’

I spent the whole weekend, my bags already packed, everything I owned on my back, at Freedomfest, a festival near Barrie for local bands.  My old band Settle For Less had played there previous years but we were defunct now.  That was one reason not to stay.

Also I’d moved so many times in the past year that my belongings had been whittled down to just a few things anyway so fitting everything I need in a backpack, rucksack and guitar case wasn’t too difficult.  People think freedom is being able to buy everything but it’s actually not owning anything.

Everyone was there, it was perfect.  It was very sneaky of me to make it my goodbye party.  It was a weekend long party with lots of great bands, some of which I knew and some not.  It was a great time for music in Barrie.

I got a ride from my old guitarist Dave’s drummer from his new band Junior (later to be renamed Fight Like Gentlemen).  They dropped me off on the TransCanada highway, said goodbye and drove off.  I wonder if everyone was expecting to see me back in town the next week.  I sat there, not even accustomed to hitchhiking at all, wondering if I’d get picked up and thinking about this being my last opportunity to waffle and just go back to Barrie.  But I couldn’t.  There was nothing left for me there…


I stood on the side of the road with my big bristol board sign yelling “Van City, Baby!!”  at the top of my lungs to the no one that was around and then laughing about it to myself.  It was a tough spot with fast traffic but I didn’t have to wait to long.  A girl named Alyssa picked me up on her way back from partying in Kelowna for the weekend.  She’s from Vancouver so she drove me all the way there.

She started out with a kind of psychic link with the cars in front of us (telling them calmly to get out of her way and they’d actually move) which turned into road rage the closer we got to the city.  We got honked at a few times, honked at a few people, got the finger, gave the finger, passed some cars via the shoulder, made great time I think.

We talked about music and bands and she said I should go to the Cobalt for Metal Wednesdays which sounds cool.  Last bar I was at that would play metal is closed down now (Traffic.  Barrie.  Goodtimes. *tear*)  She knows a lot of musicians and plays the keyboards herself.  I told her how I sang in a heavy band for awhile and now I was just writing my own stuff.  I shared a clever line that I had which she laughed at but I then ruined by laughing too much myself.  I made sure to get her email as she dropped me off at the hostel so we could jam some time.  I can’t wait to play in a band again.  Gotta make it happen.

Maybe it’s because I fixed it as my destination in my head or maybe because I’m sick of not having a home base but walking around here it feels like it’d be a comfortable place to live.  Feels like home.

Distance despite deterioration

Determination despite distraction


Posted: December 14, 2009 in Uncategorized
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That’s right!  Orange MuthaFugruckas!  There are tons of thing you can rhyme with orange for the purposes of music:






Door hinge (by extending the consonant sounds out with more syllables makes you clever)








Even going beyond these examples, the “g” sound at the end can be rhymed with similar sounds such as “sh” or “t”

That’s all I’ll give for now.  I challenge you to post more orange rhymables


Posted: December 11, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Here’s a good word that I’ve been hearing a lot lately so lets rhyme it.

.. suspiciousness

.. ridiculous

.. ambivalence

.. admits to it

.. and misses it

.. and this is it

.. magnificent

.. possesses us

.. is limitless

.. in listlessness

Notice how the rhymes don’t necessarily rhyme with each other.  This “shaping” of the rhyme can be very useful.  You can start with one word in a song that has, say, 4 lines in a row that rhyme, and shape the rhyme to be completely different by the end.  Example:

So Bush was bad and Obama’s the Antithesis

Left or right and still the media possesses us

Left to fight through propaganda increasingly scandalous

Til we forget the part about pursuit of happiness

So that’s kinda American themed and me being Canadian.  It’s not my fault The Daily Show is so great!

And maybe that’s also not the best example of “shaping” a rhyme but I think it’s pretty good for making it up on the spot.  And you can see the importance of rhyming loosely to say what you want to say.

You know what’s wrong with rhyming dictionaries?  They suck.  As a musician I have resorted to these when I’m writing lyrics and it doesn’t help at all.  I don’t need obvious rhymes!  I need rhymes I wouldn’t think of on my own.

So I’ve decided to start a musicians resource on my website for unconventional rhymes…

Today I will be doing:  Consequences

..on the senses

..on the fence is..

..down defences

..caught defenseless

..fond romances

..kind that quenches descendants

..calm consesus

..lost apendage

..wrong revenge is..

..close percentage

There’s a few for now.  If anyone has any good ones they would like to add I would greatly appreciate some more input!

Also if anyone maybe has some writers block on a particular rhyme scheme let me know and we’ll throw some ideas around.  I’ll come up with some, someone else will come up with some, it’ll be great and clever.

If only I’d thought of this before Beyonce recorded Put A Ring On It