Music is big in my life again these days. I often find music on my dulcimer – chords that work and become a song, but seldom do I put words to the song and when I do they often disappear. Recently I wrote a song, and as usual the music was there right away and the lyrics where a struggle. I approached Local Nelson poet Zaynab for help crafting the lyrics and it was great to collaborate on a song. I haven’t been able to do that for a number of years. I played the song recently at the monthly poetry slam that Zaynab hosts.
Along with this I have also been to a number of concerts this fall. My old friend Ken Hamm ( a great blues player ) played at Expressions and it was fun to listen, sing along and laugh as we remembered we were both born in Thunderbay (It was Fort William and Port Arthur then).
Then a few days later Hawksley Workman played Nelson and it was so great to listen to this poet and singer extraordinaire. I love the way he lets his voice soar and be an instrument and not just a vehicle for lyrics. Hawksley worked with my good friend Colin Funk on a play called History Skip with Colin using Hawksley’s music for the play. When it came time for the performances in Banff, Hawksley showed up and played drums in the band but kept a very low profile and let it be about the kids.
Music feeds me and I have been so fortunate in my life to play with so many great musicians. I’m looking for more opportunities to listen (the Bahamas play Nov. 16th) and play (with local musician Max Hawk).