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I refuse to believe that summer is over just because all the back-to-school supplies come out and I am wearing a sweater.

How have you all been? Life is trucking along here and I wanted to update you on all the goings-on.


I have been trying to implement a digital detox, as I have a 60,000-80,000 word count to meet for my first draft of my book which is to be delivered in November. Luckily, I have just begun to work with Steve Kenny who used to manage Trent Severn, and he is the voice of reason in my sometimes scattered creative existence, letting me know I have to cut out a bunch of things in order for the success of my book to take shape. That old concept of writing every day no matter what, setting an appointment to do so actually does work, and I’ve been going to bed at somewhat reasonable hours and getting up at 6 a.m. to write in my new workspace, on my new desk that only took 5 hours to put together. Really, it is the sort of thing that a monkey could put together but my talents fall in other areas. [Handywomen and men are welcome to apply to be part of my life, btw.]

The digital detox is tough because we have all become heroes thanks to the interweb, riding the dopamine highs of likes and little hearts next to comments and messages returned. Sometimes you just want to shelve it all, and go for a walk and look at the trees. I do experience some dread as the mother of modern children. I worry their whole lives will be frittered away online, but then just as I worry about that, they exemplify some miraculous display of compassion, or I just remember my elders telling me I was watching too much TV and I was going to become a vegetable if I watched one more episode of TJ Hooker. Notably, the differences between being on a device and watching TV are many, but now we are all going down the rabbit hole and I have music news to share.

Some new shows have popped up!!

Sept 24 ELEVATE tech conference - playing piano with Chris Hadfield (other guests include Michelle O-frickin-bama)

Sept 27 - Uncommon Festival in Amherstburg (home of the great Frank Gryner, mixer of many Emm albums)

Oct 26 - duo show at Stonecroft Folk in Ingersoll - playing with Jeff Kikut who is an amazing rock guitar player I unearthed in the wilds of Woodstock, Ontario

Nov 23 - Aeolian Hall…they asked me to come play and it’s always a thrill to be invited back. Thats a full band show and please pass it onto your co-horts so we can make it a jammed, sold-out event!

Julian Bradford

Julian Bradford

I had a wonderful time in Winnipeg. The spirit of Greg Lowe continues to guide me towards love, musical magic and compassion. I met his 92 year old mom and spent some birthday time with his brother Patrick. Patrick is a filmmaker and I framed one of his movie posters so he’d finally have some art on his walls. I loved playing The Lyric Theatre, and all my Winnipeg friends and collaborators came out - Jay and Marty who helped me make the Summerlong 7 inch back in the day, Paul Yee who worked on “The Passing of Ayro” on my last record, and great fans and friends Sandra Merzib, Jamie L, Aichelle and Hannah who I met ages ago when she was only a wee one. I feel so fortunate to play in that beautiful city, and see so many beautiful souls.

I recorded 4 songs for my jazz album for my dad, only 5 more to go. With Larry Roy and Julian Bradford I recorded Nevertheless, Just Friends, Orange Colored Sky and Cry Me A River. Wowza!

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Once back home, I covered Taylor Swift. I just really like the song “Delicate” but wanted a more…delicate version of it. So that is in Rare Songs.

I love you all, I continue to develop a strong spine and the past is starting to feel like ancient history…no doubt music, your support and just learning to love life all over again has helped.

Next report will be from Vegas where I have tricked Matt Nathanson into coming to a Def Leppard show at Planet Hollywood so we can finish this hit song that just needs a chorus.

xox Emm

I was honoured to play with Chris Hadfield at his Hometown Canada Walk of Fame celebration!

I was honoured to play with Chris Hadfield at his Hometown Canada Walk of Fame celebration!

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Hello all.

People think summer is a time to kick back when quite honestly it is a busy time with kids out of school and just trying to organize life in a way that sees everyone thriving and happy.

I’m thrilled that my coaching / speaking video is complete, I’ve posted it in the Video Diary section for you to watch. The idea for this came when I noticed I was doing more lectures for students and women’s groups and was actually quite enjoying the message that I had to share. While it is a bit daunting to admit some of my “lows”, I feel that the way I talk about them is more of a seed for change, growth and freedom.

For many years I have wallowed in the comfort of “feeling bad” and there comes a point where you just realize that it makes a whole hell of a lot more sense to give, feel proud of accomplishments and see things with new eyes, than fixate on things we cannot change, spouses that will not return, youthful skin that has faded.

Part of my road to realization was definitely watching Glastonbury 2000. I almost wish all of you had a snapshot, a video, some footage of yourself as a younger person. Without seeing that footage, I may not have been able to be reminded that I once held a warrior’s spirit, full of vitality and I saw life as an open road of possibility. I realized recently it is not too late to return to that mindset. In fact, what I have learned over time, and the journey I have taken through music, with YOUR support, has deepened my ability to give, shine and soar.


Trapper is working on new material focused on Quebecois 80’s rock. Of all the places I’ve toured in my life, I felt the fire and passion in my neighbouring province of Quebec. Sean Kelly, guitarist extraordinaire and I realized how connected we are as musical siblings and we both share this love so we decided to follow the clues. What does that mean? Well, I believe we are all handed clues as to what exactly our path should be. The first clue was of course playing a Francophone song called “Illegal” a few years ago at The Bell Centre in Montreal when Trapper opened for Def Leppard. The reaction was incredible, the cheers were deafening and for 3 minutes, we were rock gods. To bring that kind of elation to the Montreal crowd was certainly a clue we could not ignore.

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” - Oprah Winfrey

I’ve played one of my last shows with Trent Severn this past Canada Day. I had always imagined that TS and I would last well into our 70s, but like a marriage or relationship, sometimes things can change. We all have our solo material to work on and while I will miss what was once a very beautiful idea, connection and camaraderie, it was time to move on. I wish Lindsay and Dayna the very best. They are incredible talents the likes of which I have not seen ever in my life.


I had to rethink my book a tiny bit after my trip to NYC recently which was both daunting and great. I decided to make change in the title from “Sing and Be Happy” to …. a title I will reveal to you closer to publication. I’ve rewritten my chapter outline a few times, made countless voice notes, spoken to my vocal coach and gotten out of bed loads of times before kids have gotten up simply because I am so devoted to making this a great book.

I am not done with dreaming about the Only of Earth graphic novel, in fact…I am holidaying with Karen Baer my fantastic illustrator friend and no doubt we will cook up a way to get it out there.

I have some new tour dates so please visit my tour dates section to find out more. No shows booked for Trapper yet but you’ll be the first to know if I start steaming my pleather and taking my rock n roll belts out of the closet. I love Trapper so much because it allows me to be the vocalist that I always dreamed of…and I am also surrounded by simply the kindest, most open souls in music that I have ever met.

I may be pitching a segment to CBC which may see me back on the air a bit in the fall. It is storming in my brain so I’ll let you know if that comes to fruition.

Now it’s time to slow down a little bit…head out for vacation with the kids. As I said to a fellow mom, summertime is for surrender.

Thank you as always for allowing me to explore this creative world. I can’t wait to share more music and adventures with all of you.

Love Emm





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Hello all,

Just a little update from life here. I wanted to share my lyric video with you for The Spark.

I will say that I put it together as a way to remember and honour Greg Lowe, who shredded that killer solo you hear on the song. He told me before he passed away that it was one of his all-time favourite solos he’s ever done. Monday will be 2 years since he died.

Life continues to evolve here. I haven’t made this public but I wanted to let you know that I got a book deal for my book on singing!! I’m pretty over the moon about it, but it means that every day I am diligently at the laptop, writing my 18-Chapter book which I will fill you in on soon. I did think that my “Only of Earth” graphic novel would come first, but after last fall’s double whammy of Glastonbury 2000 and Bohemian Rhapsody, I found myself looking at my career in a new light, with a focus on the voice.

Fall was indeed transformative.

I feel like we all have these moments of transformation but to sustain their effects is the real trick. Humans aren’t good at being disciplined, but I like to hope that late in life, this skill can be learned.

I continue to follow all my fans & friends are doing - in life, for their peers, for art, for the community - and I am constantly amazed. With news being so dreary, it is wonderful to just pop online to see HEY Quarkomatic shaved his beard, or HEY Johnny Salib is crushing his acting career or HEY Sandra and Kaitlyn’s dog is on the mend or HEY Tycho is still being funny on socials.

I wanted to share a few things that have been truly helping me in the last 6 months

Meditation using the Insight app.

As a mom, someone who gives back to the community, a vocal coach and a recording artist, life can get pretty out of control. Meditation has been the single most powerful thing for me to keep me on track. If you have not made time for it but always wanted to, or if you never have done it but want to give it a try, I encourage Insight. I use the timer but there are a host of other features you can choose from. Meditate twice a day, morning and mid-afternoon. Write a mantra that will help keep you on track in life and say it before you meditate.

Random Acts of Kindness

Nothing pulls you out of a nosedive quicker than sending flowers to someone anonymously, giving to someone’s fundraising campaign or just sitting with someone who needs an ear.

Having a Goal for Exercise

It’s been a year since I ran the half-marathon and I notice that without a goal I am far less motivated. Perhaps you find this too. Find a cause that you believe in, or run in the memory of someone you believe in , or just go for walks or go the gym. Moving the body is half the battle.

In other news here are a few concert dates you may want to know about:

May 31 - West End Phoenix Fundraiser, Toronto - Junction Craft Brewing (Sleahy and I duet)

June 1 - St Marys Town Hall Theatre

June 12 - London Ontario - The Bishop’s Dinner

July 1 - Trent Severn in Stratford

July 28 - Che Cheemaun Ferry, paired with an author. Details TBA

Aug 3 - Sawdust City Music Festival, Gravenhurstl (please do not let the public know about this yet!)

Aug 18 - Winnipeg, TBC

Sending lots of love, Emm x




Hello friends

Long time no speak. I realize that I incorrectly spelled Winning in my last blog and I called it “Wining and Losing to the Winter” which sounds very bleak indeed.

Life has been extremely busy and I’m excited for it to calm down after the Juno Awards descend upon my general habitat. The awards have become quite a spectacle, but they are also a lifeline to old friends, and a bit of nostalgic hoot seeing as I have been nominated 3 times.

I am moderating a panel of the producer and engineer nominees which has me memorizing faces and names and listening to everyone’s work. WOW! What a talent pool. While I do wish there were females in the mix, I like to think we might find female nominees among the names in coming years.

I wrote a new little love song and it is going to be posted to rare songs soon. I wrote it for a musician and he told me it needs a chorus. That’s the LAST time I write a love song for a musician. Does anyone want to suggest a chorus? I’m open.

Trapper had a great show the other night in London and it felt good to rock with the boys. Although I do think I could use some yoga and massage in large doses before these kinds of outings. We are not sure where we are headed with the band but I have been following advice lately which has me just taking small steps in the direction of positive things in order to determine what the hell the next steps are. I think it’s a good approach. You might want to try it too because very rarely do we have all the answers in front of us before taking any action on something.

Meeting with a book publisher tomorrow who seems interested in my book about singing. I’ll keep you posted!!!!!!!!

Spring is almost here my friends, hang on tight.

Love Emm

Sean Kelly and me at our Trapper show in London

Sean Kelly and me at our Trapper show in London




Hello all,

Thinking of you as we enter another winter week…if you are in the cold north…it has been a struggle to 1. walk on ice 2. trudge through snow 3. get warm ….

A few tips I have to get through this impossible season are:

  1. Hydrate….wake up and drink a full glass of room temperature water.

  2. Get yourself under a day lamp…these things kind of lift your mood if you can find one…

  3. Walk, move, sing, crank up the tunes.

  4. Plan a nice vacation somewhere warm - to look forward to.

Last night I played a sold-out show at London Music Club, a little venue I had not been in for a while. So many wonderful folks came from as far as Atlanta, Philadelphia, Toronto and beyond.


I am getting better at telling my story between songs in a way that is victorious.

I have posted “North” in the video section which was recorded last night. That song will always be very special to me, it’s nice to still like it after so long!

It seems the world is changing so fast…a lot of us in the music community are dealing with loss of friends and colleagues…and life is morphing into all kinds of things…it’s sometimes a struggle to hold on.

I’ve found that giving back - really finding the time to make someone else’s day better, or to give to a cause that you care about can lift you out of this fog.

How strange that taking yourself out of the equation actually helps you heal.

Some news items:


I co-wrote a song on Andrew Austin’s album and it’s called Watershed. Please try to find it or buy it on iTunes because he did such a wonderful job of writing and producing this little gem. I wrote some of the lyrics after my breakup and it is funny how music can come out long after you work on it, and then you realize, you are a different person than when you wrote it.

I now have to furiously memorize the lyrics to “This Is Not America”. I am singing lead on this song at “A Bowie Celebration”, the tour which features Bowie alumni. We are a bit like family now…when we talk we just have that bond, where we remember David…we associate each other with being in his company. It’s quite a gift to be able to see these folks again…some legends in their own right.

I’m working on a book about singing. I wonder if you could let me know what some of your favourite “how-to” books are, and why you like them. I know why I like my non-fiction, but I float somewhere between Victor Frankl’s “Man’s Search For Meaning” and Jen Sincero’s “You Are A BadAss” which can be a strange place to float around…I always rely on you folks to centre me…and inspire me. So let’s hear about it!

Trent Severn is putting things on indefinite pause so we can each work on our own individual projects. I thank all of you so much for supporting the band over the past years. We certainly have had some great moments of collaboration and harmonic magic.

The Juno Awards are in London so I’ve been hosting a segment on CBC every Wednesday. This Wednesday’s is about the rapper Shad who is from London Ontario. I was moved by his story of his family from Rwanda, the things they went through and how life transformed for them once they moved to Canada. It’s great to hear a rapper who is about equality, kindness and joy…but still has a musical edge.


Follow me on Twitter, FB and instagram for news on how you can hear the segment.

Trapper are back, playing a show March 8 at East Side Bar in London, Ontario. You know what that means? YOGA. SPANDEX. CONSTANT WATER INTAKE. oh, rock n roll is soooo demanding.

Off to bed for me….lots of love to you all…Emm




My Recollections of Glastonbury 2000

For a long time, my memories of Glastonbury 2000 were dormant. I guess I knew I had been a part of a major concert event, but like many things about being in David’s band, the highs came and went like lightning flashes. I remember, much like being on a major label, I’d often tell myself “not to get used to it”. And it didn’t last long. Not long after Glastonbury, we were working on a record of David’s songs he wrote in the 1960’s…(the TOY record) and then I never got asked back to be in the band. But that was David’s way, to always change members…to keep things new and exciting…and I never took his decision personally. As you do when change comes along, you roll with it, and a lot of what I experienced with David went into a little vault in my heart. Plus, never having set out to be a backing vocalist, it was very easy to return to solo artist life…as part of me always missed singing my own songs.

This year, when they announced our Glastonbury concert was going to be released to the public, I was hanging a lot with Earl Slick, who I think had some mixed feelings about the concert being out there. My feelings were not really defined. I mean…I recalled our whirlwind time as a band on that day…travelling through the countryside in a little bus (not even a tour bus, more of a glorified shuttle)…spending loads of time together as a band, like a family…the way we were giddy like we were on the way to a birthday party. But I can’t say beyond that, that I remember every detail.

I remembered the sea of people as far as the eye can see, the steam rising out of the mosh pit…people being carried away by medical help. The Canadian in me was very concerned for them! The sheer elation on everyone’s faces in the audience. How relaxed David became as the set went on. I remember trying to escape the crowds after the show and getting stuck in traffic.


Today I watched the concert with my mom! Well, I watched the highlights that were broadcast on BBC4. Thanks Peter Janes for making that possible by sending me a way to view the BBC special which aired last month in the UK.

It struck me, halfway through watching the concert, that I had never seen myself onstage with David. Not really. I had seen our SNL performance, maybe Letterman. But 18 years had gone by and I hadn’t really thought too hard about it - the songs, the band, the way we gelled…the chemistry onstage. Also, I never really thought about the fact that I was 25 at that time…I remember I had taken a little time off between stints with DB. I toured with Ron Sexsmith through eastern Canada in that downtime…and I remember how that felt like another world, still a great one, but a whole other world!


I wondered - as I watched the concert with my mom on my laptop - why I put my hair up like that! And then I also noticed I had the little Yamaha keyboard in front of me - which I played simple things on like the synth pad in the choruses of Ashes to Ashes, the HORN STABS in Let’s Dance !!! (not the best-sounding patch but oh well!!! The 8 yr-old in me was super-psyched to play Let’s Dance regardless!!!) I saw my platform boots, again maybe not so on-trend…yet I realized….DB let me be ME. It had only been 8 months since I had joined the band, but there I was , totally being Emm. The keys, the boots, the hair…the moves. I think there was one occasion (at a previous show) where I had found some sneakers with wheels in them and I was rollering around one of the venues at soundcheck…wearing one of my big japanese toy watches….and I think David was wondering who would own those things, and when he realized it was me…I remember him saying, “Oh, of course it’s Emm.” It’s kind of brilliant that someone so legendary and accomplished took that time to know bandmates, even new, baby bandmates who had been shipped in from the rural Ontario countryside, totally by surprise!

During the concert you can see it in the faces of our band. Lots and lots of love, and just getting lost in the music, and the experience. We were all rooting for David’s voice, which he had lost during the Roseland gigs…we could feel the happy place he was in in life…about to have his daughter at age 55….And I do think we were a very special band. An eclectic mix of people …. and it all seemed to work.


I remember both the bus ride in to Glastonbury and the bus ride out. And how it was beautifully intimate…just the band, Coco (David’s longtime right-hand woman), David’s security personnel dude…and that’s about it! I’ve been on school trips that have had bigger entourages. I seriously believe that we had better chemistry onstage because David never hid away from the band, he just was himself.

And just as Rebel Rebel and Ziggy Stardust are nostalgic songs for people who grew up in that era, those songs, and all those hits…are now nostalgic for me….they remind me of the turn of the millennium and being 25, finding my way in the world. I always tried to be normal around David, because I wanted him to be normal around me. I’d say things to him like, “I’m glad you haven’t made records like all those old guys make records at a certain point in their careers”….or “You should make an album on a 4-track!!!” We’d go out to see bands in NYC. Talk about indie rock. Not good friends by any stretch, but bandmates…enough to laugh together and I knew when to shut up and listen to him talk about the 70’s or 80’s, about song lyrics…and intricate musical patterns within his music. I remember curling up with him on a couch during the Toy sessions like a little kid with her dad. Just always trying to be normal with him. But as I watched the video of Glastonbury today, and I saw smiles shoot across that gigantic stage between him and me at the opening riff of Ziggy Stardust…I realize there was nothing normal about it.

Happy Glastonbury 2000 release day.






Hello all, it’s been too long.

The sun seems to have gone into hiding here in Canada, but oddly without its bold rays and comforting warmth, I’ve felt forced to reflect a lot…turn inward and just take stock of how life is going.

I feel strongly that following your heart is the key to making progress…I finished a handful of US shows recently and although I’m sad that my VISA expired, it can always be renewed…and more shows will undoubtedly pop up for my Southern Dreamers over the coming years. During those shows I crossed paths with a few angels…one was songwriter Bea.

Bea Talplacido

Bea Talplacido

We met ages ago while touring up and down the west coast, and we had been talking about doing shows last year so I was so glad we got to this year in Boston and NYC. But she’s like me, a rock n roll mom, and she just takes care of business, comes up with wicked ideas and one day on a trip down to Joe’s house concert in Delaware, I broke up the trip in Syracuse and we had the nicest hang. I met her son and we had some coffee. We chatted and chatted and then… she brought my attention to this:

Now, I know everyone has differing ideas on speakers and writers and dudes that make lots of money from TED talkers and fast-walkers…but in this case I found the above concept pretty spot-on in terms of ways to check myself when things are feeling depleted. Bea told me that when things feel off to her, she reviews these 6 human needs. Sometimes you can look at that list and answer for yourself, which are most important to you…sometimes you can look at it and ask, “how am I meeting these needs?” … and I must say, this has added a lot of clarity to life lately. A bit of an a-ha moment if I can use that term (and also remind you of the band!!). The list also made me ask, “how come all those therapists didn’t tell me about that? what the hell were we talking about for all those hours???” I mean, I knew about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (very good to know about as well) but this resonated with me in a new way.

I did however mention this to my friend Roy Langdon and he was like…”OH…..Tooooony” in his Leeds accent.

So it won’t be for everyone, but it was certainly for me.

Another cool discovery I made while touring was Gretchen Rubin’s “The Four Tendencies”. If you feel like exploring yourself a little more, it is another good book. I am a shifty Gemini so audiobooks work way better for me than sitting in one place and reading. Life also changed a shit-ton for me when I listened to Victor Frankl’s “Man’s Search For Meaning” back in June…I had read somewhere that Chris Martin read it post-divorce so I was like, well…if it’s good enough for the dude from Coldplay, I’ll give it a whirl. :) A classic book, I found it humorous, humbling and nothing short of amazing. Perhaps some of you have experienced it. I was shocked it took finding out the guy from Coldplay read it for me to learn about it. What rock have I been under?

Anyway enough about all that! Let’s flippin’ rock!! Posted today in “Rare Songs” is “Don’t Stop Me Now” a cover I did a while ago and I send it to you now because with all the talk of Queen lately, lovely Freddie is on all of our minds.

Also….I have one more show this year Dec 15 in Sarnia. If you are in the area, please cruise on over and grab some tickets. It’s going to be an awesome show. Click here for tickets:

Another show around Valentine’s Day is being planned for London, Ontario so maybe save Feb 16.

Stay awesome, Emm



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Hi folks

TOP SECRET NEWS today that we are announcing tomorrow but because of your insider status you get the lowdown first. Please do not share on social media! We announce tomorrow.

I’m joining the Celebrating David Bowie tour in Iceland on Oct 7-8, along with Todd Rundgren, Adrian Belew, Angelo Moore and Paul Dempsey. They’ve asked me to open the first show at the very beautiful Eldborg Hall and Harpa with “Letter to Hermione”. Originally I have been reluctant to join the tributes but remembering how wonderful the crowd was at the NYC show made me think, let’s keep singing these songs. Plus I know David would have loved the detail to production, lighting and musicianship that some of these folks are bringing to these concerts. Note this is a different tour than A Bowie Celebration which goes all over North America next year. But you should attend that one too!

Look at this VENUE!!! On the second night, we will be joined by strings and orchestra!


Back from a whirlwind trip to San Francisco. If you missed me there I’ll be back in San Francisco at Nat Loh’s house on Sunday September 30th and if you’re interested in going just drop Nat a note. nat.loh(at)Gmail. I’m excited to come back to San Fran to write with Matt Nathanson as well and one of these days we will crank out a hit.

I have more to say but will probably start making some regular update videos for you. So stay tuned for that too.

Big love to all of you


Top Secret:


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Philosophers and the end of Summer

Hi friends

Hello from the holiday weekend. I've been immersed in playing bass, finishing my covers for those of you who have pledged to receive a cover song, and listening to the philosopher Alan Watts as I putter around the house and ponder my next move.

It amazes me the wealth of imagination, information, perspective and everything else that some people have shared with the world that I am only discovering now.

Do you have a favourite philosopher? Or writer? Please let me know in comments if there are others I have missed as I have blazed along my path to ... here.


I also wanted to throw it out to you that a few dates remain for me to pop down to the US for some house concerts. They'd have to be in the next two months, so if anyone thinks they would like to host one, please let me know in comments or email me at

Also, the show in San Francisco has been announced. Please check my tour dates - I'll be there September 22nd at the Bindlestiff Studio and I hope all you Bay area folks will join me. Ticket info and poster will be available soon.

A big heartfelt thanks to Tom and Paul for hosting the last concerts. You have both done so much for me over the years, and I am still absorbing the greatness of those two nights. Tom - thank you for that wonderful fan letter that put so much in perspective for me.

Love Emm


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Hello friends,


This is your mid-summer hello.


Life certainly is busy! I took my kids on an impromptu trip to Halifax last week where they experienced both air travel and the ocean for the first time. I am surprised by my own spontaneity and sometimes that possibilities for experiences are closer to my grasp than I often imagine. Fate, seat sales, good luck and good health all play factors in being able to strike parenting gold from time to time. 



I was so fortunate to spend the day with my "Only of Earth" collaborator Karen Baer, who not only sheds light on life and love, but we also can sort out a few ideas very quickly by simply being together. We are talking about the first book form of “Only of Earth” being a chapter book, as they are beloved by my kids and I often think there aren’t too many chapter books for young girls than address the female experience with humour and resilience. I try not to comment too much on future plans, because they can always change. I will say though that Karen found me the most amazing dagger and they let me on the plane with it, like it was meant to be.



I’m ramping up for a few solo shows this month. One takes place this Saturday, outdoors in the wilderness near my house. Details are in my tour dates…and then it’s down to the USA to play a few house concerts to some truly lovely fan/friends. One in Brooklyn at Paul’s house and one in Bethlehem PA at Tom’s house. Here's a shot from my show with Danny Michel aboard the ChiCheemaun ferry which did go great. 



I’ve had a bit of time to be on the air at CBC and they are very nice about letting me pick all my own music. I get to champion local up-and-comers and also play some legends…and I’m getting the feel for how to match music to the show. A few past shows featured some sad news of folks passing away, and it’s often not the time to slot in an upbeat tune about feeling good. A few songs I picked for those moments were “Don’t Need a Reason” by Beth Orton and  “I Wish You Would” by Ryan Adams. I’ll be back on the air August 27 through August 31, so tune in if you are in the area or just look up Listen Live CBC London. 


A little sneak peek at the show from NY is in Rare Songs, and soon there will be video to go with it. In my next update there will be a love song shared…right now it’s in an unshareable out of tune state… but that’s what happens when inspirations strikes, you just lay it down however the hell you can.


Love you all and thanks for being there for me. I’ve had quite a month of navigating relationships new and old, and I believe more than ever that the only way through anything is love and kindness. And waiting out the storms. Stay strong.




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Happy Holiday weekend everyone!

New York and Boston were such immense fun. Thanks to those of you who came out. As always happens when I set foot in NYC, I become wildly inspired. I also found it very eye-opening, and soul-shaking to drive through New Paltz, the little town I lived for 2 years before marriage, before domestic life took over. To be there again even driving through...made me take stock of just what the hell has transpired this past 15-16 years...and how meaningful it has been to reproduce...but also how vital it is that I've got myself back after slipping down the rabbit hole of the modern housewife. :) Hands up - who wants to be a modern housewife. As I thought. 

Earl Slick guesting with me has infused me with tonnes of inspiration. Only someone who played (and so humbly) with John Lennon, Bowie, The New York Dolls, members of The Sex Pistols and Rolling Stones (to name a few) and has seemingly been everywhere and seen everything, including fatherhood...could bring this kind of rock n roll education to my door. We are working on a few songs, and he may even come to guest on another show. I'll keep you posted. It's been a joy to reconnect and I've found quite healing to be around someone who knew David as well as he did. And then there are those immense moments we shared - rocking out at BBC, headlining Glastonbury. It turns out the bond lives on. 

On that note, a film crew videotaped and recorded the show at the Rockwood so GUARANTEED, as my friend and fan Bob Reid suggested, Insiders will get that first look. It's all in the editing stages now. 

I'm re-thinking my graphic novel for Only of Earth as well...time is a gift, and allows you to carefully choose your path. I can't wait to share it with you. I had a run-in with Lights at the airport recently and it was great just to riff on art, music and motherhood over overpriced airport coffee. I do think she and Karen will be fast friends should they ever meet. 

Oh and go do yourself a favour and listen to the About U album by Muna. My new favourite music.

Enjoy the summer - you guys mean the world to me. 





Now that the record is out, life has been flying by at lightning pace. Talking about the record is invigorating, as I get to re-live a lot of the making of it. I enjoyed talking to "Fresh Air" on CBC about the making of things, and I do think being a radio host has given me a better perspective on being an interviewee! For one, I now know that longer answers are better, so I'm able to dive into my veins and heart and bones and really talk about the album. Unfortunately, that means I have to talk about the marriage smash-up, but, as time goes on, I find myself with a stronger spine it that regard and in many ways, consider my solo status more a woman with so much to accomplish in the next few years.

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I am still inspired by my launch week in Winnipeg, and have been trying to find a reason to make a jazz record there...whether I write the songs, or someone else works with me...I'm not sure. But I sure would like to do a record of that flavour after my brush with Greg...but mostly as a gift for my dad, who quite frankly deserves a jazz record by his daughter after 20 years of these pop shenanigans!

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At the last minute I decided to do all the publicity for Days of Games on my own, and I've been doing not bad for a pop veteran. Again, a reminder that if you've been doing something for a long time best not to doubt things. I was fortunate to get an airing on Acoustic Cafe this week which goes out all over the USA and Canada. Again...airing the ups and downs, but also with a hint of optimism.

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I've given myself a few self-imposed holidays...they usually come in the form of concerts as I find them the best medicine. I traveled to Buffalo with Sleahy and cPan to see Def Leppard and Journey and it's always very healing to barge in on the Defs quiet room, drink all their whiskey (yes I'm back onto now after the marathon, but in small doses). But mostly to see that this band has really put their heart and soul into a very well-produced show. It's a testament to how much they value themselves and believe in themselves, when let's face it, some of the world has not! I almost died when I realized the band had a day off 400 yards from where Trent Severn were playing. And then fast forward - suddenly I'm playing my uke bass in front of Rick Savage...and the most of the cats stuck around for the whole show! I was able to thank Joe for inspiring me to write "big choruses". Also in attendance that night was Kim Mitchell, who I listened to incessantly at age 12. 

Charged up from this event, I enjoyed hooking up Def Leppard and Matt Nathanson, just before Matt dropped his EP of Def Leppard covers. I take GREAT joy in connecting people/things. e.g. Bowie and Hadfield. oddity and.....err.....outer space.

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The after effects of the marathon have been surprising. I of course dove into a pool of grilled cheese and whiskey right after and didn't run for days...actually had some ankle pain for a bit....but what I recall now is an immensely healthy feeling....and being propelled on by a belief...and a love. I encourage all of you to set some kind of a goal for yourself that involves getting up off your arse and being active. I mean, sure....I guess I ran my half-marathon in Greg Lowe's memory but the real gift was to myself. Anything is possible, is basically what i'm getting at in this pep talk. Share with me what you're doing. I wanna know because I have to set some new goals for myself. Always remember the ever-important WHY you do something...and the best reasons are for love.

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The recent news has been hard to take, a reminder of all of our own struggles...and the more people talk about their stories, the better off we all are. I think of my friend Brad Walsh...married to a very successful designer...he is fighting the good fight, and my beautiful web designer who helped me make this very site you are making...we all have our battles but in these people and in you I see so much power, beauty and hope. Because when we share, we are being brave. Some of you share with me all the time here and I thank you...because every time I hear from you, or read a letter, or read a post...I'm humbled. I might be climbing out of my abyss, but it certainly was an abyss and for it, I took no shame in relying on modern get through what I would call a situational depression. And therapy, in whatever form you can find it. Music - crank it the fuck up. People - cut out the ones who bring you down, the toxic ones....who fill your heart with doubt. Just delete them from FB/phone right now. You don't owe anyone an explanation.

What's next you ask? Boston!!! The Courtyard concerts!!! I am so psyched to truck down there, collect my VISA for touring (first one since Bowie)...and rock Boston and then rock NYC with Earl Slick.

BOSTON JUNE 15th  Boston Public Library Courtyard

NEW YORK JUNE 16th Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 

I've decided Slicky is playing on 4 songs...Shadow Girl, A Mission, Summerlong and .... you guessed it "Space Oddity". It is so healing to hang out with that man and talk about David...because we both knew a corner of him, Earl much more than I. But his stories reaffirm all that I recall and suspected about DB...his heart...his brave mind....his walking on hot coals....his failure to care what other people thought. Slicky is a little like Keith Richards or we're gonna blues-rock up some of these songs and have a great time. I hope you'll join us. If not, I plan to film it and share it down the road.

Big love! Stay strong...Emm. 

PS: Here I am fixing a hair-mergency in yorkville moments before Def Leppard came to my show with Trent Severn!! I know it's just hair, but the woman who stepped up to the challenge (Kamila) was a total angel. Again, someone who just went totally all out for a complete stranger and now....her kindness is having ripple effects.

Thanks for reading. I'll also post a new rare song I found called The Deal. TOTALLY putting it out there. xo

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In my story “Only of Earth”, the main character Trynn is a young woman who has to overcome countless obstacles to find peace within, to find a home for a living creature, to find a home for herself. It might sound like every other sci-fi epic you may have come across…pictures of Sigourney Weaver fighting for her life come to mind…and damn, she did in her underwear. But as you will learn soon, whatever we think is normal…has already been done, is always unique because we can see ourselves in the books we read, the music we hear….the paintings we look at…..and in my case sometimes, I can see myself in the very substandard baking that I do. 


But don’t worry. This diary isn’t about baking. Maybe the next one will be.


In every corner of my life I come across people who are constantly fighting a battle. 


For sure, I have been too but careful not to dwell on too much. 


There seems to be a fine line between wallowing in your own struggle, and owning it. A very fine line between giving in…and pushing forward. 


Lately I’ve been thinking about the power of music.


As I prepare for some of my upcoming shows, I've been digging out songs from the past. And goodness gracious (I don't think I’ve ever said “goodness gracious" before….) some songs are coming in very handy…as places to put my unmet needs…my turbulent emotions. Suddenly some of the notes I've received from you, about how music has helped you, ring true.


Acid for example…is hard to get through these days because it is as though i wrote it last year.


Math Wiz…a song I wrote to merely have a tune with some numbers in it, has brand new meaning.


This Mad…I almost pulled it out at a recent show and in some ways, glad I didn’t because that song is a little like a slippery slope. I really have not ever been this mad! Perhaps some of the songs I wrote as a teenager or a 21 yr old…were unintentional gifts to my older self.


And then there’s the other side of music…the tunes you can just crank to mask all the hurt…to just lift you to a slightly elevated place, where you might be able to start dealing with things. That’s when I turn to the unabashed unforgiving over-produced loveliness of 80s music. Maybe you want to try this yourself today…or next time you’re in the car, just surrender to some orchestra hits…some really massive snare drums…and some very ridiculous guitar solos. 


Put in a guilty pleasure and watch the sparks fly.


This seems like a day where we all need to give ourselves permission to just enjoy something…just shirk your duties and do something you deserve…think about the victories instead of the failures. 


If anyone gives you trouble, tell them Emm said you were allowed to indulge.


Top top top top secret track. A sneak peek of my writing with Joe Elliott. To all my victory kids…keep battling the monsters…keep deciding you’re just gonna win…love Emm




There's no turning back now. 

The album and the first single are slowly going out into the universe. It's a bit like fishing...not knowing what you'll pull up from the lagoon...of busy minds...of music lovers...of people exhausted by music...and now it's hard to tell whose CD players are in the landfill, so there's been a bit of sending out the album, as well as digital links.

I promise to get back to reading these blogs, just as soon as I can find my microphone underneath all the papers on my desk.

The ups and downs of single parenting, and navigating ... single life... have been peppered by little victories. Neil Gaiman "liked" the video on Twitter. And an old friend of mine ... I emailed him to get him some music and his vacation response came back to say "I'm off the planet!" Turns out Drew Feustel is on the Space Station, so I'll get him some music somehow. I had flashbacks of 2013, when NASA sent me the very detailed instructions/etiquette on mailing a human in space.

Bottom line, don't upset the human in space!

Perhaps how we treat people in space, should be how we treat each other.

I feel happy to share some of the promo things I'm doing with you.

Tomorrow, if you're in Toronto, you can tune into 99.1 FM and hear "Imagination" on Big City, Small World. The show "Fresh Air" will eventually have me in at some point. There will also be an article in The Sarnia Observer this weekend, and in print on Monday, focusing on my collaboration with Frank on the project.

And this Wednesday I shoot a new music talk show with Karen Bliss for Vintage TV where I talk about my favourite and least favourite album covers (airdate TBA). While exploring Diamond Dogs Vinyl (a small but excellent shop in Stratford Ontario) I came across this cover:


I'm not sure if it's in the favourites or least favourites! But apparently Zon was a prog rock band from Toronto from the late 70's. There's part of me that wants to make Part 2 of Only of Earth pure prog. Let me know your favourite or wackiest album covers.

A second night has been added to The Palm Room in Winnipeg, so now I am there 2 nights - May 3 & 4th. I'll be doing an in-store at Into The Music on Osborne on the 4th as well, sometime around 7pm. All of those dates are with Larry Roy, who was a colleague of Greg Lowe's...and I'm so thankful to have him with me for that special week in the Peg. He is such a phenomenal guitarist and has even agreed to get up at an ungodly hour to do a morning show on Global TV. Then again, I'm pretty pleasant at all hours...although my kids may disagree. 

Some of you know I'm running a half-marathon in Greg's honour, on May 6th. Thanks to those of you who helped me reach my goal for the Canadian Cancer Society. Coming up on the  first anniversary of his death, a lot of emotions are swirling around. I also think about his wife, and his family. 

What else can you do, as an outsider, but put energy into good things...and music.

Tomorrow, it's a 15k run. Not sure how that works in an ice-storm, but I'll let you know.

I am hoping to add a few more dates in the US. "Imagination" goes to radio on Monday...just as Mercury moves out of retrograde, which basically means it will skyrocket to the top of the charts, and unicorns and rainbows will shoot across the sky and morph into a jackpot that will land at my front door, along with a suitcase full of chocolate and 80's cassettes. Anyway keep your fingers crossed for me! I'm excited to have it out there, and thanks for making so many dreams possible.

Stay strong, Emm





Well, after photoshopping a bunny behind Tom Keifer of Cinderella (...get it, April (Nobody's) Fool + Easter?...see my FB page) and labelling about a million Winnipeg White Out cds, I spent the rest of my Sunday approving my biography, going for a run (only about a month till the half marathon in Winnipeg) and preparing my VISA application for my US dates. So much to do! 

Also, what a big week with the video coming out! So exciting for me. And Frank sure did a great job. I get the same thrill as I did when my rock band Trapper opened for Def Leppard...sure it's fun, but it's great to take your brother along! Or maybe he's taking me along this time. 

I put up a new song which I thought might be interesting for you to check out. It's something I wrote recently and I don't often put up a work in progress. Usually my process for writing is this:

1. Come up with the idea.

2. Record it as soon as possible so I don't forget it.

3. Revisit it later to write a second verse, or a bridge or add a solo. 

So here's an example of a song that I probably will re-visit. I definitely see it with a beat and flushed out quite a bit, but this is how everything starts.

I also liked the theme of this lately I find so many boys/men/boyz II men are getting brave and opening up about their struggles. I see it in my son, I see it in some of you, I see it in friends. And what is a passing comment or a slight frustration often signals to me that so much more is going on beneath the surface.

So, if Blackwinged Bird is a song for the ladies...this may become a song for the boys.

Stay strong...

Love Emm's a sneak peek of the poem + art book for "Days of Games".

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Hello all. Just some exciting news that we are starting to roll out "Imagination". Afforded the luxury of some listening time, I updated the "Imagination" mix and it is here for you guys to hear. I'll also post the video here for viewing before it goes live. I am hoping Bowie Wonderworld, the Bowie fan site will premiere it. Thank you for being patient with the sparsity of posts lately, it's been quite a battle to get hours during the day to launch the record. Oh a video of my short US promo trip will be up shortly too. Wheeeee! 


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I’ve been a bit buried under a rock with all of the work that needs to be done. I'm still sending out packages, I'm finishing the manuscript for the book, and all the while, kids are complaining of achy bellies, one had pneumonia, and then also a tour being planned for my trio Trent Severn has added up to…well, not a lot of diary-writing time.


I notice that as I ramp up my half-marathon training, the decision to ditch drinking has made me feel about 10 years younger, so I’m sprinting around the house in a very good mood through it all.


Now, I write this not in judgement. I’m the first person to imagine myself sailing away on a sea of Scotch in my old age. Perhaps you’ll all join me. We’ll have a listening party for the old tunes, and then we’ll just pass out, somewhere at the 5 minute mark of Stereochrome…and then wake up to a group sing-along of Hook Machine. But for now, this makes a lot of sense.


Lately, my focus has been on giving. I thought I was at my maximum potential for giving last year, and I pretty much shut down when I decided I had given too much. But this year, I seem to have knocked down a wall in the ever-growing mansion of my being…and there’s just a little more energy for giving. 


The thing is, a lot of people - by this stage in their lives - have made fear a full-time occupation. And for someone like me, the blind optimist, (brave or blinded, not sure which am I - to quote from my own lyrics) finds a fearful outlook very frustrating. So I work to get beyond it, to understand it, or to meet it with love in the cases of certain friends. Even my kids are sometimes are riddled with fear, but their fear stems from the unknown…so instead of throwing up my hands and wondering what the f*** is wrong with them and why can’t they be better, I’m finding ways to calmly connect with them.


The other thing about giving which has been liberating is to let go of people who cannot give you what you want. And possibly the reason why they can’t give you what you want, has nothing to do with you. Maybe they just don’t know how to give period. 


My half-marathon is May 6th in Winnipeg. It's put on by Police Services and honestly, I am not quite at the state where I can see myself running for 3 hours. But I am running for 60 minutes, at times, so it’s quite possible that I can meet my goal. Ah well, let’s just say right now, since I am the blind optimist, that I will meet my goal. 


The “why” behind the half-marathon, which I should add raises money for Cancer research, is of course Greg Lowe…who stays with me in a variety of ways and this memory is starting to become more positive, and less riddled with sorrow. The only way I am healing from the loss of this fantastic human and musician is by talking to people who were close to him. That’s been very scary for me, because the people who knew greg, are not people that I know very well. So … i’ve had to, in some cases, be very forthcoming with perfect strangers in order to find the right people who will empathize with the loss. Also, healing has come by exploring some of his old songs. By plopping myself smack-dab in Winnipeg for the release week, where there are a few cool events lined up. A show at The Palm Room which is just a nice casual room with a grand piano, and hopefully an in-store will shape up at what was the old Music Trader record shop in Osborne Village. 


So for all of you who are going through a tough winter…keep talking about it. Throw caution to the wind and talk to whoever you feel will listen and have the right spirit for taking in your words. Bury yourself in your favourite music and go for a walk, even if it’s 30 minutes. Think for a moment about the “why" in your life, and attach it to an action. You’ll be amazed what it might breed in your life, what energy might spill over into other parts of your life. And move as slowly as you need to through these things. 


In other news, the video for Imagination is being assembled, rendered, cooked-up, and dusted with fairy sparkles by my brother Frank. I haven’t seen anything yet but I can’t wait to post it here first. that song was the first I wrote after Greg passed away, after I honestly couldn’t imagine writing a song he wouldn’t play on. “There’s goes a light, a flicker of something good…like a brick wall, we’re back to zero.”


So just remember, when you reset to zero, you have the pleasure of starting over…

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Isn't this wonderful weather we’re having? It's great to know how it feels on Neptune, isn’t it? 


This weekend, Karen visited.

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We had an amazing time brainstorming the illustrated book, looking at paper samples, visiting local book shops, looking at old books, new books…feeling their covers, touching the embossing, leafing through the dreaming within the pages…thoughts, words, guide-books to fantasy lands…graphic novels, books about gnomes, modern offshoots of Alice in Wonderland…

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Because KB - as I call her - and I go back so far, we also spiralled down the rabbit hole of reflection, mostly on the last decade and a half. She was the “best man" at my wedding…a beautiful, fairy-tale event on Maple Lake up near Haliburton…my then-husband and I drove away from our wedding with “Float On" blaring by Modest Mouse. People envied us. We were deeply in love.


Fast forward to present day. Where I feel almost like a single parent…being the primary caretaker through the week for my kids. I can’t say that I have found forgiveness, or a way through yet…although some days are joyous and I feel my old self bouncing around inside my body. Other days, I shake my head and wonder what went so terribly wrong.


Whenever I get introspective, I notice a number of you have stories to share that parallel my own mystery. I wonder where you put your turmoil, or joy, or epiphanies…if not into music. 


I remember a day I used to make drama for the sake of a song.


I certainly didn’t cook this one up!


Mark Manson the writer covers the topic of “victimhood chic" in his book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k”. I leafed back to that segment of the book this week and it reminded me that there are so many others out there who have a more dire tragedy on their hands. Although the love of my life threw in the towel, and we weren’t provided the opportunity to work on our marriage (counselling is a two-way street, and therefore must be agreed on by both parties…sadly)…I am grateful he is still on this earth. To be a dad to my kids. 


I have said that to people this year…"it could be worse. At least someone didn’t lose a leg or something”.


Although some times I have looked down and wondered if I lost my heart.


KB’s visit was like a galaxy hugging a planet….her presence enveloped me with love and bravery. My eyes turned back to this project…to the "Why" of doing it at all.


And sure, we are self-publishing. And I am self-releasing. And I have, for my own sanity, severed most ties with the music industry. And the world. :) But I still feel like I am winning…to have all of you to listen to these songs…and to have KB to illustrate the feelings behind them, the ups and downs we all go through…to bring life to this world, to try to let go. 


Stay strong all you lovely people. We have each other. 







With all the darkness going on in the world, I wanted to share some happy news headlines as well as a new song.

Last year, I was asked to write a song for the Dreamcatcher Project which was a performance put on by Confederation Centre in PEI. This song was inspired by a workshop I was a part of in Toronto earlier last year. Led by Toronto theatre guru Mary Francis Moore, a handful of young kids got together on their march break to talk about fear, breaking down boundaries and making the future better.



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Friday night.

Just me. And you guys.

Hope you’re all doing very well.

It’s been a very busy stretch of parenting, music-planning and getting ready to send out the new album to those of you who Pledged on it. Thank you again for getting me to this stage.

I think Imagination is going to be the first single. The first step is to shoot a video for it. I dreamed up a half bass / half keytar that I hope my brother Frank will now…build. Hope you don’t mind Frank. Just dreamed up this weird instrument and now it’s time for you to find your toolbox. And not leave your house for 2 weeks.

Seriously, just between you and me, I can’t find anyone who has made one of these. Possibly it could be the fact that it’s very difficult to play bass and keyboards at the same time, but come on, why would you not want to try, or at least alternate now and again…using a little imagination.

I found this online, it may become the inspiration for our piece. It was built in 1974, says the internet although the CDs next to it would suggest that the photo was not taken in 1974. I suggested to Frank - "just build it", and he said, "well, it wouldn't take that much more to make it work". Which is Classic Frank Gryner.


As I’ve been reflecting this week on life, its twists and turns, and trying to put into practise the art of “letting go” - which sounds like we should all circle up, smoke a big one and listen to some Phish bootlegs - I’ve recalled some of the great advice I’ve received over the years. Experience of course is the best teacher, but sometimes other humans are. I’ll get to that in a minute.


For me letting go is the hardest thing to learn. I think possibly that I can let go better if I just jump in to life. That’s very hard to do at my age. But since Greg died, something I’ve tried to adopt as a life motto is…”why not?”. I remember at the end of the play, asking Greg to go for a beer, and he said “why not?”. And in one of my Pledge updates, when Leonard Shaw was laying down B3 on The Passing of Ayro, my friend Genevieve said, “I'm so psyched you’re putting B3 on this” and he just said, “Well yeah, why not?” So I try to be a bit more “why not" these days.


I also recall what my Music Industry Arts teacher Terry McManus said to me one day a few years back. I sauntered into the MIA office at Fanshawe College during one of my “periods of doubt” regarding the music business and Terry just said to me quite simply, “Emm, you’ve never waited for anyone.” And I loved that. That someone could be so bold and remind me of a simple truth. And that as much as I champion self-reliance, there are some of us who simply need the reinforcement of other humans. Who know us. Who see us when we can’t see ourselves.


I think Terry is a member of the Insiders Club so thank you Terry for that bit of advice, which lives on. And I’ll send it out to all of you, because surely, we are all waiting for something, whether we realize it or not. It’s liberating to know that more than often you really can think of something you want to do, and just decide to be in charge of it. 


Of course, is anything really in our control? 


I should also thank some of you for your comments on my recent diary entries. Some of you have mused over the songs on the albums, some of you have gotten really in-depth with analyzing the meanings of them, and it gives me great strength and joy to know you are listening so closely and sending some of that energy back to me.


It’s also the birthday weekend of a friend of mine and Insider member Tycho Manson. I met Tycho at Songstudio where I led a workshop and he was in it. I just wanted to say thanks Tycho for being a super-great friend to me all fall. I’m not an easy person to be around, but Tycho filled my ears with so much great music I had missed from the 70’s and 80’s. Fleetwood Mac, when they were bluesy. China Crisis…if you’re a fan of Steely Dan look that one up. I’ll send out to him and all of you a new rare track…which actually, is from the 90’s. It’s called “Sweet Nothing”.


And you can all use it as an anthem of unrequited love. Sometimes people just don’t come through, and whoever didn’t come through for me in 1994, got this little jam inspired by the Gin Blossoms song “Found Out About You”. Remember that? Don’t worry, I won't be writing any songs in the style of Blues Traveler or Sister Hazel. Or…maybe you wish I would. Anyway, it’s not gonna happen.


This was recorded by Stuart Brawley, who ended up producing The Original Leap Year (the album that came before Public) and Northern Gospel. It features a little firecracker named Mike Alonzo on the guitar. And it was recorded in the studio, on 2-inch tape at Fanshawe College.


Here’s to the past, and letting it go.


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