Dora Gains the High Ground

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A first for young Dora… finally reaching new heights where birds gather… recorded for historical reference.

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Jennifer Castle – Singer/Songwriter

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Last night was special in many ways. The venue, Jane Bond, is a small place tucked away in a side street of downtown Waterloo, Ontario. The poster above is, besides being a very nice artist’s rendition, an accurate portrayal. The kitchen there, I’m told, is very good, but last night no menu was available since they don’t serve on Sunday nights.

http://janebond.ca

The decor inside somehow reminded me of the Jetsons… clean, open, but yet very intimate. The audience, mostly in the 20-40 year old range, was quiet and attentive. In the hour prior to the entertainment beginning, my wife and I talked to people we’d never met before and the aura of the place took on a very friendly atmosphere.

Opening on stage was Will Kidman, of Constantine fame, playing electric guitar accompanying his soft evocative voice. Quirky riffs expertly picked by this seasoned musician was the perfect mood setter for the audience last night.

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/will-kidman-mn0000283279/credits

Then Jennifer Castle took the stage.

https://www.facebook.com/jennifercastlemusic

As well as listening carefully to a number of songs from her recent album (Pink City) which has garnered so much acclaim, I also took note of the audience’s response and I can vouch for their rapt concentration. I saw no cameras and little conversation over drinks. Each tableful of people listened as if transported by this versatile musician. I think the word might even be ‘mesmerized’.

Overall, a very worthwhile event to have been a part of. Jennifer Castle and Will Kidman both surpassed all my expectations in their live performances. Higher praise I can’t give.

On a side note, at the same address above Jane Bond is the best source for vinyl records outside of Toronto… the Orange Monkey. If they don’t have it, they will find it for you and the testament to that was their quick resourcefulness in obtaining a rare, unopened 1966 Mulatu Astatke pressing for me. Not an easy feat.

http://www.orangemonkeymusic.com

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Orbit (work in progress)

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12×12″ acrylic on wood panel

With a nod to sculptor/painter Glenn Elliot, who’s work I admire.

http://www.glennelliott.ca

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A Tuareg Blues Guitarist?

A new film covering a Tuareg Blues guitarist? That’s really kind of surprising and a testament to the power of blues and Jazz. The licks featured in this trailer are very good, in my humble opinion and I’m looking forward to being able to watch the film itself.

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Invasion of the Insect People (done)

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12×12″ acrylic on wood panel

That was fun to do. Lots of thick paint and time-consuming.

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Throwback Thursday

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The 60’s.

Mom, dad, my girlfriend and me.

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Invasion of the Insect People (still in progress]

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Trying to make them seem like they are falling through a tear in the fabric of space time, such as a wormhole. Since the insect people figure was first conceived 10’s of thousands of years ago by the San People of South Africa, maybe the notion is apt.

I dunno… I’m just having some fun with it.

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