Breaking the Ice

Why, hellooo… You come here often?  I hope you will!  Welcome to my blog.  It’s been a long time coming.

I’ve wanted to start a blog for a few years now.  Yes, years.  Those of you who know me well know I sometimes let an idea germinate for a seemingly unnecessary extended period of time before bringing it to fruition.  (Translation: I procrastinate.)  Those same people will also know I sometimes use annoying analogies and sayings, such as bringing an idea “to fruition”.

I’ve thought about what kind of blog I’d like this to be.  Personal blog?  Music blog?  Travel blog?  I’ve read all good blogs have a central topic.  I’ve decided to laugh in the face of the rules of good blogging and just start writing, all willy-nilly like.  I’m crazy like that.  (That’s most likely a lie.  By the time this has been posted, I will probably have edited it at least two or three times.)

Speaking of music, I’ve been on a Joel Plaskett kick.  I recently spent two weeks in Nova Scotia, most of that time on Cape Breton Island.  We made a short but sweet trip to Halifax with the intention of heading on to a town called Lunenburg.  It wasn’t until after I was back in Ontario that I read Mr. Plaskett grew up in Lunenburg.  He spent most of his childhood there before his family moved to Halifax.  Fun fact!

Side note:  We ended up staying another night in Halifax for a night at Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs, instead of heading to Lunenburg.  I can’t speak for the ribs, but the blues were delicious!  We were told it was the place to go for an evening of good live music, and we were not disappointed.  Theresa Malenfant and her band played a night of smokin’ hot blues.  Talk about control!  What a voice.  The band was aces, too.  Fans of Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, and Etta James will appreciate her talent.

Just writing about Nova Scotia makes my feet itch.  What a beautiful and friendly province!  Home to many talented songwriters and musicians.

On that note, here’s a little Joel Plaskett to whet the appetite.  “Through & Through & Through” from his triple-album, Three (2009).  I can’t listen to this song without it swirling around my head for weeks afterward.  “They say that good things come to those who wait/If you snooze then you lose, so don’t hesitate.”  You can say that again!

Until next time.