Sunday, November 28, 2004

Just in time for the Christmas Season comes another great compilation CD of Bowen Island musicians called "Snowin' on Bowen." It features 20 tracks in the usual Bowen electic aesthetic, with jazz, lounge, classical, folk, rock, pop and Corbin Keep being the gamut of genres. Proceeds from the album will go to building a performing arts centre and supporting Bowen Island Family Place.

I have the pleasure of appearing on two tracks, in wildly different styles. On one I am playing flute and siging with Alison Nixon (viola and voice) and Carol MacKinnon (voice) on an old carol called Myn Lyking. On the other I am adding didgeridoo to my friend Chris Coon's tabla beats on another very old carol along with a wild soundscape of guitar, cello, percussion and vocal arranged by Julie Vik.

We are launching the CD on December 3 and 4 at Cates Hill Chapel with two nights of live music. Alison won;t be joining Carol and I but instead, Bazil Graham will add his sonorous tenor and Moritz Behm will be stepping in on violin. Tickets available at Phoenix Photo, The Office and Family Place. See you there if you can make it!

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Raining right now. Not unusual for the fall, but it's steady rain with no wind. I've just done a bunch of scouring around and discovered that there is a warm front crossing over us with high pressure to the west and south. No low pressure, no wind. Interesting. It's a new kind of rain.

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

After a few days of heavy rain, the creeks are swollen and the coho and chum salmon have the taste of their birthplace. They have started running on Killarney and terminal Creeks, part of the cycle that Finn helped to initate last spring.

This is a photo of a coho chum coming up the weir from Deep Bay into the lagoon.