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  • Posted On:
    March 20, 2014
    Winter sprang into Spring today but ever so slowly! After I dropped off my grandson at pre-school this morning, I headed straight to Grande Pointe to photograph a huge cottonwood tree I discovered last fall. With the milder temperatures and snow covered landscape, the humidity hovered at 92% resulting in a heavy fog that blanketed the entire countryside. I brought the rather monochromatic image into 'onOne Software's 'Perfect Enhance' preset and added a slight warm vintage effect. While some of the trees in this area were quite heavily laden with hoarfrost, the sun never did break through the fog until past noon after which the hoarfrost disappeared quite quickly. On the bright side, birds are beginning to return and I even heard the sound of a pileated woodpecker nearby. 'Knock on wood' that spring is just around the corner!

    Speaking of pileated woodpeckers, 'Knock on Wood - Winter Piece' is one of my favorite compositions from Ian Tamblyn's 'Over My Head' CD (1986). I have spent countless hours driving around the countryside listening to this superb CD of instrumental music blended with bird songs. The CD came about when Ian received a commission from the Canadian Museum of Nature to present a concert celebrating a forthcoming bird exposition. Since then, whenever I hear a pileated woodpecker, I think of my good friend Ian. Personally, I think Ian is one of our fine musical heroes who has celebrated a lifetime of writing and singing about love and the environment. Ian was the recipient of the 2010 'English Songwriter of the Year' Award from the Canadian Folk Music Awards held in Winnipeg as well as a 1976 'Juno Award Winner' for his self-titled album 'Ian Tamblyn'. And ...speaking of Juno Awards, they are coming back to Winnipeg next week, bringing us back full circle! Ah yes, CIRCLE ! I am very excited about starting another major project with Circle / Tétro and Plaines to be announced shortly. The thought of Spring can make you go in circles ...
  • Posted On:
    January 13, 2012
    Ian Tamblyn is, without a doubt, my favorite singer-songwriter and one of Canada's finest musicians, if not the most underrated. I have been following Ian's career since 1977. A quick look at the Discography on his web site and I realize that I own every single one of his recordings ... 34 vinyls, casettes and CDs in all to date! I rarely travel without some of his music to keep me company.
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    November 22, 2010
    A few days ago, I attended my first Canadian Folk Music Awards Gala held at the beautiful and historic Pantages Theater in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The CFMA recognizes Canada’s outstanding performers, writers and producers of the many diverse forms of folks music. A “folkie” from way back, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening!