Music Monday’s Cut to a Wide Shot!

Happy Monday, blogging pals. Are you ready for another busy week? Last one of September! I can’t believe that. This month totally flew by for me.

I have big writing goals every day, currently. What are you all working on right now? Let me know in the comments because I am truly curious.

Just for all you writers out there, I made a playlist suitable for writing big dramatic scenes. Probably because I’m writing some of those myself! You know I have other playlists out there too for calmer moments. But today, I think bigger is feeling better.


Music Monday’s It Ain’t Easy

There are few moments in life when I wouldn’t enjoy listening to a playlist themed around the lovely and enigmatic Cleopatra. Today is definitely not one of those days. Enjoy this playlist created for writing stories about queens as legendary and brilliant as she.

Music Monday’s Through the Reeds

Good morning, blogosphere! I think this is going to be a very productive week for us all, don’t you? I have a good feeling about it.

To start us off, I’ve made a little playlist of some writing inspiration songs. They are primarily based around ancient Rome and Greece, some instrumentals from films and other places. This is the kind of stuff that helps me through my novel, at least! Hope you enjoy it!

Upcoming EP News

If you follow me on twitter or other social media you might have heard me talking lately about my EP recording that I am working on. I’m really excited about this project and can’t wait to share it with you all when it’s ready! I’m hoping that will be within a couple of weeks if not sooner. It depends how much time I’m able to invest in it.

The (maybe tentative) title is Songs from the Island, which is an accompanying work to Stories from the Island, a poetry anthology that I’ve had sitting in the metaphorical queue for a while now. It’s a narrative work that focuses on an island of my imagining, and combines elements of folklore and storytelling across a couple of tracks – right now it’s looking like 6. When it’s done I’m going to be hosting it on bandcamp to be able to share it with everyone!

I hope you’ll stay tuned to this project and look forward to its release with me! I should have some album art sooner or later to share with everyone. It’s such a fun time creating this project, I can’t believe it’s finally coming together for me!

The Lifers/Keats Conlon in Halifax

My brother’s friend from high school and his sister came to visit from Guelph over the weekend. They were going to see some friends perform at the Cafe Cempoal de la Calavera Negra in Halifax, so we tagged along to support talent from our old stomping grounds (I forget how much I miss the Guelph culture after being away so long). It was a fun night, all very nice people and some really passionate musicians.

I took some tremendously bad photos. Why haven’t I upgraded my phone yet? The problem is that my contract is such a very low monthly fee that if I upgrade I’ll lose the great deal that I have. I’m not here for that. Have to remind myself to bring the good camera with me on outings, even if it’s a pain to drag around.



Keats Conlon, now a resident of the great city of Halifax, opened up with some cool originals.



Followed by The Lifers, who are on a cross-country tour. Friends of Joel (whose back of head is displayed here…) and Guelphites!


The first of a couple singalongs. They brought a few others up for a rendition of Wagon Wheel (probably the most angelic rendition ever done, but still fun) and I didn’t snag another photo.

It was a good night, even managed to drag out one of my other Hali friends despite his self-proclaimed guitarphobia (he’s a bit of a Classical type). I know I don’t spend enough time appreciating the North end of Halifax, so this was a good time. I won’t mention much about the meal we had at the Wooden Monkey before it because it was the first time I was really disappointed by something I ate there. To be fair, I wasn’t jazzed to go there in the first place, since I always spend too much money. The visitors were insistent and I was outnumbered. The chickpea salad was fantastic, though.

Anyways, I’ll throw in one of The Lifers’ tracks from bandcamp. Let me know if you check it out, tell me what you think:

Music Monday’s Raincloud Guarantee

I’m so tired of the rain. I’m thinking about songs that transport me to sunny weather. Perhaps some to reflect the summer rain, too. This sort of thing is part and parcel with living on the east coast — it just makes you savour the good weather twice as much. I think there’s something nice about how grateful we all are for a sunny day.

A playlist with some joy, some songs that remind me of baking on a beach in the hot summer weather. Perhaps some that feel a bit colder, too.