Category Archives: Songwriting

types of teaching

Skating with 5 year old who clings to plastic support thing which I am pulling on the ice to help her move forward. Briefly stop the teenage ice patrol for her opinion, probably she is a pro. What moves do you recommend for teaching this little girl basics of skating. She says getting up on one knee is a good start because there always are falls. I realize I have interrupted or rescued all falls. I start to let it happen and let her get up using one knee for support. She is having a good time. It was wise and falling on your ass is part of it. I have had teachers put me in a position to be shocked or humiliated, falling on my ass in front of everyone. I resented it and thought they were assholes. Hard to tell now if when it happened it was because they truly were assholes or sincerely trying to position me somewhere uncomfortable to learn how to get up and start again. Don’t know. Cut to: music conference 25 years ago, Saskatoon. A panel of “industry experts” rate demo tapes by local musicians. They complained and made lists of reasons each song failed. Everybody endured some criticism about what was “wrong”. I wondered how to assure them, being in this line and dignifying the opinions of people who once tried to make it but failed, is another wrong maybe the only one worth thinking about.


Keyboard in Baba O’Riley was an effect not tendonitis experiment.
No cymbals in Do You Know The Way To San Jose.
Lyrics to Savoy Truffle was just a box of chocolates.
Three off the top of my head, songs I heard a million times before noticing something unique happening all along.


First musical gear stolen was after a show at the Holiday Tavern. A bag of pedals and patch chords. There was a group of tough guys who used to do security there and they were considered the culprits but I don’t know. Never saw it again. I sure loved playing the Holiday Tavern, main floor, those 2 or 3 years that it was the new revamped modern place to be in deep purple splendour.
Second time was while producing Andrew Cash at Streetbrothers. A big empty parking lot. Van window smashed in, 2 guitars and amp and rack mount effects gone. After they were caught, cops said glue sniffers. It was too late for recovering the guitars. Between the capture and the theft everyone said “didn’t you have insurance?” No but I did ever since.
Third time New York. Everything was in the car of the guy who drove us then his car was stolen. Nice young Canadian guy, Peter, drove us down and then when it was time to return…….car was missing. But 9 days later, it was found with everything intact in a tow truck lot. Too bad because meantime my insurance claim was about to reimburse me with a bunch of new beautiful replacements.
At least 3 times other people took me aside to say this person that person were stealing from me, imitating my song or my style. I didn’t think so or if it was true I was left thinking they can’t steal how I made it or my process besides who exactly are you going to complain to? And what is more ludicrous being upset about imitation or Arista issuing refunds when Milli Vanilli was exposed?