Posts Tagged ‘Manitoba’

CC CHRONICLES: Roots on rock / Camping @ Wekusko Falls

Published by cctadmin on July 19th, 2015

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We came.  We set up.  It rained.  It rained some more.  It rained even more.  We went home.

However in a short space when the rain lightened to a mist I did get a few pics of the impressive greenery all around me.  The sights and sounds were beautiful, and I was especially drawn to the roots on rock all along the pathways.

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CC CHRONICLES: Roots and rocks…

Published by cctadmin on June 19th, 2015

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Whenever I think of my dad, I can’t help but associate him with the rocks on which he lived most of his life.  His childhood home was also my childhood home, and these days I guess I am very drawn to them rocks once again.  Dad is gone, but I  need only return there to those rocks and climb around a little, like I did when I was just a kid and find comfort.  Those boulders are nice and private, so I can climb, sit, think, sing out loud or search without a soul around to see or hear me.  Everything is just peaceful and calming on those rocks.    A person can stop.  Breathe.  Take it in and let it out.  And like I said, its as if he’s there somehow; no denying.

I have started rock hunting on these visits because I’m on a mission so to speak.  I search for rocks that I can put in my garden back home.  Not just any rocks I guess, because as we know there are a  lot to choose from up in these parts and that leaves things wide open.  I gather rocks that are small enough that I can carry but big enough and ‘special’ enough,  in say, colour or texture that I just know them when I see them.  I bring them home and place them just so in my garden, around my flowers and tree stumps.  Not only do they ‘dress’ it up a bit but they are peaceful to look at and I think of dad – so its just a win-win situation.  Makes the search funner.  I’ve got cool rocks at this point.  Not gonna go overboard. though!!!!   :-)

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CC CHRONICLES: Coming out of my cave…

Published by cctadmin on January 18th, 2015

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If you’ve ever felt as though the winter is long and like you could be contented to just hibernate away – you’ve felt like me these days.  Don’t get me wrong, I love all seasons:  the warm  array of colors of the fall leaves; the fresh scents of the spring flowers and bright and rich green of the summer’s trees… and winter.  Winter… I do love the blanket of snow that covers everything, and the time of year for its holiday cheer.  I also love winter because it gives me the perfect opportunity to cocoon at the end of my work day, and on my weekends which I love spending in my sweatpants and curled up with my cats … bears do it, right?

The thing is – if one’s not careful they can verge on near isolation, HIBERNATION in fact!  :-)

That’s me for sure, straddling that fine line.  I call it ‘self care’ but everything in moderation right? So when I get TOO into my winter hibernation mode I have a tendency to forget that I have a beard to trim, and a world beyond that cave for which I could be out playing in – at least in spurts!  :-)

Les Miserables rehearsals have given me the opportunity to get out of my cave and with that I have been inspired to groom myself; trim the beard, cut the hair, wash the face.  Change from that one orange tank top that just seems to fit so comfy at home yet doesn’t exactly translate into fashion once I hit the outside world.  After all, Marius Pontmercy should NOT look like early man.  Right?

I decided to have a little fun with this process – enjoy!

(*wig used for artistic purposes only) :-)

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CC CHRONICLES: Got my sights set on Les Misérables this 2015!

Published by cctadmin on January 1st, 2015

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Most folks in the Flin Flon and surrounding area are up to speed on the fact that the Flin Flon Community Choir is gearing up to put on the amazing production Les Misérables.   If ticket sales are any indication, people are very much excited to see this musical, composed by by Claude-Michel Schönberg, and based on the novel by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo.

As a lover of film and music, I was by no means unfamiliar with this story of Jean Valjean, however I will admit I have not been the ardent fan as I know some people; for a lot of people cite it as their favourite of musicals or stories, period.  Legions of fans have seen countless stage performances and film adaptations, and with good reason.  One man’s Les Miz is another man’s Olivia Newton-John.

My life’s joy is found in music, and I keep fairly busy on that score here in the Flin Flon community.  At my core I love to write songs and sing; when I’m lucky I get to sing among the talented musicians we have here.  Its helped me to develop myself and it has also given an outlet.

When the opportunity to audition for Les Miz came up last November I was initially hesitant to take a bite of that apple; I knew it would be a big commitment so naturally I contemplated if I was the right choice.  After all, I  had already been setting my sights on working on my own material; its been a goal of mine to record a third album of original songs.  The question for me became – am I willing to put this personal goal on the back shelf in the name of taking on the challenge such as a musical production?  Heck – I know I’m dramatic but I never fancied myself an actor by any means…and an endeavour such as working on an album takes equal time, dedication and patience.

So what did compel me to take that leap into going and auditioning?  I’ll tell you – as an artist there is no doubt that songwriting and performing and recording all provide a multitude of experience.  I’ll always remain interested in this.  I had to ask myself:  How often in life will you have the opportunity to be a part of something so amazing?  When it gets down to it, I’ll never know – and therefore I had to at least consider auditioning for the sheer fact that the world (aka Flin Flon and the Flin Flon Community Choir) was presenting an opportunity to have f.u.n. while also giving the chance for me to work with some of the most incredibly talented people you could possibly assemble.  I think Les Miz is a platform to become less afraid of the performing aspect of the arts; and I guess what I have come to conclude is that someday I will have a new album, full of all sorts of original things to say.  In the meantime, I can always stand to grow and become a stronger, hopefully well-rounded performer.  That’s why I chose to learn The Cafe Song (by Marius) and give it my best in the name of that goal.  In preparing I developed that interest and affection for his character … I suppose I became attached.  What can I say, I’m a lover and a fighter?

In short – after the audition was said and done, I had enough time to fully appreciate the opportunity at hand and so in the end (or the beginning, depending on how you look at it!) when I received the role of Marius Pontmercy I was an extremely happy man.  Yes it will be a lot of hard work, and yes indeed, I am ready to commit.  In fact, this very morning, the first day of 2015, I sat down in front of the t.v. as early as 8:00am, and I did my homework.  With rehersals already started, I know I will soon enough be immersed in the world of Les Miz and it was my goal to begin 2015 with that commitment and work!

I’m scared.  :-)

But I’m also someone who thrives a bit on fear so I say bring it on!  This is going to be a fun ride! Stay tuned for more!!!!  I’m sure I will have all sorts of stories to share!

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CC CHRONICLES: Flin Flon Meets the Fall

Published by cctadmin on September 23rd, 2014

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CC CHRONICLES: CC to perform at Wild Rice / Culture Days

Published by cctadmin on September 18th, 2014

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Flin Flon’s annual Culture Days is coming up at the end of September  - and as part of the local festivities I will be performing at Wild Rice on Saturday, September 27th.  This performance will again feature myself, along with my friends and fellow musicians Brent and Susan Lethbridge as well as Mark Kolt.

I anticipate that this night is going to be full of wonderful performances – so not only do I look forward to getting up on that stage to sing but also sitting back and enjoying the array of local talents.

Will you be there?

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CC CHRONICLES: Performing ‘Imagine’ @ Flin Flon City Hall / World Suicide Prevention Day

Published by cctadmin on September 10th, 2014


CC CHRONICLES: Flin Flon holds beauty, in many ways….

Published by cctadmin on September 3rd, 2014

CC CHRONICLES: ‘Worried Man Blues’ / Carter Family Love

Published by cctadmin on August 31st, 2014

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The Carter Family is a huge inspiration to me; in fact today I’ve had their album of greatest hits (chalk full of like, 60 great tunes) on for hours as I cook, clean – take care of my home.  Its a beautiful day – full of light, a strange mournfulness and life – I just love it.

I sat down and played this tune Worried Man Blues in a rather careless manner; I haven’t practiced it a lot nor have I ever sang it with anyone before but the mood hit me where I felt inspired to try singing it.  In my own imagination I dreamed an angel band of sorts, was accompanying me – a choir of voices and instruments coming in with me…

Enjoy – for yourselves.  :-)

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CC CHRONICLES: CC @ ‘Busking Amped’ / Pioneer Square

Published by cctadmin on August 17th, 2014

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Yesterday I sang some songs at Pioneer Square as part of Flin Flon’s Neighbourhood Revitalization Corp.  ‘Busking Amped’ was the name of the function and I gotta give props to Sam Dufor-Jarvis for organizing it and bringing people together..

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