ALAN FREW

Musician. Author. Speaker.

Dear Canada Blog #27 March 22nd 2018

Woke up around 11 a.m. today just to prove to myself that I had the entire day off, all to myself, here in Saskatoon. No matter how long I sleep though, I still have that groggy, tired, feeling, that comes from the daily grind of it all. Remember now Dear Canada, that’s not complaining, that’s moaning, there’s a difference. 😉

 The pen is mightier than the sword. 

The pen is mightier than the sword. 

Had a late breakfast downstairs in lobby before going back to my room to finish the previous blog to this one. I really enjoy writing but it is very time consuming and I cannot always do it in real time and finish it on the day I am actually writing about.

So a Monday blog may not get posted on a Monday night but rather finished up and posted on a Tuesday morning. It would be easier if my job on this tour was just tour “blogger” but alas, it is not 😉

Got the chance to have a workout around 4pm. Then back to my room to shower and chill for bit. 

I have something coming your way, most likely by the fall called, “FREW the Looking Glass.” my new podcast. 

I want to take my years of travelling and performing, meeting with, and in some cases, befriending, some of the most interesting, clever, savvy, artistic, entrepreneurial and compelling, people in the world today and turn it into a podcast worthy of your viewership. 

  “Hey Alice! May I interview you?” 

 “Hey Alice! May I interview you?” 

I have always had an inherent need to know who you are when I meet you, no matter how fleeting our time together may be. If your a fan for example, of my music and of me as a performer, it’s not just enough for me to shake your hand and say thanks and move on. On the contrary, if we have enough time, I want to KNOW why you are a fan. What exactly is it about my music or my voice that makes you a fan? Who are you and what do you do? Who are your fans? Your husband? Your wife? Your kids? I just love to know what it is that makes people who they are.

If you are the driver taking me from my hotel over to the gig I need to know your name, where are you from originally, what you do for a living and why do you volunteer to be a concert driver. If you are living on the streets and you are asking me to dip into my pocket for money I always ask, if time permits, who you are and how did you get to this point in your life, whereby you have no home to go to? If you are fighting a severe illness I will of course commiserate with you compassionately but I will also want to know what, exactly, you are doing in your fight against it. If you have different views than I have, on topics like religion, sexuality, politics, social mores, censorship etc, then I love to debate with you and try to understand why you have those views and why we see things differently on them. 

It’s just who I am. It’s what makes me tick, I LOVE communicating. When I am asked what I do for a living my answer is almost always, “I am a communicator.” So if I am as good at it as I think I am then I am going to bring you some compelling, interesting and informative interviews. If I am not, then I am sure you will let me know. 

An obvious place for me to begin .......is with Glass Tiger.

 Wonder if I can wangle an interview with this lot? 

Wonder if I can wangle an interview with this lot? 

I have NEVER seen Glass Tiger. (Correct?). Certainly not in real time. Ringo Starr was quoted when asked what the Beatles were like as saying that he didn’t know, due to the fact that he had never seen them. I get that, but of course it’s also a bit tongue-in-cheek and a little obscure. When you are in it you only live it, you never witness it. You guys know what it’s like to witness it and I want to definitively, if you care, to know what it’s REALLY like to live it.

I have lived a thousand lifetimes with these guys, from the humblest of beginnings to the crest of the biggest waves. It’s 31 years since the Thin Red Line but closer to 40 years since the journey began. The good, the bad, the ugly and the indifferent are all in there and I would relish the chance to help you uncover it.

And so at 6pm I had scheduled my first sit-down-session with Glass Tiger keyboardist, Sam Reid. When he arrived however I could see a glint in his eye that said he wasn’t ready to do this. Not, “I will never do it.” Just, “I’m not quite ready yet, to do it.” I knew this without him saying a word. Sam is the backbone of Glass Tiger business. Without him, the machine would grind to a noisy halt. I could see he was distracted by something of a business nature and so I asked him if we could reschedule for 9pm.  

With now having some time handed back to me, I got on one microphone and my right-hand guy, Sean Andrews, got on the other and we began the journey together. We chatted the “how” of why I got into this world of music in the first place. We tested our gear. We tested working together in this new format and I have to tell you, it’s going to be great. I love it.

 “May I iron your shirt as we chat?” 

“May I iron your shirt as we chat?” 

After about 45mins of that I popped downstairs to eat. During which I watched yet another Peaky Blinders. It’s getting pretty, friggin’ heavy, lol Then my phone “pinged” and it was Sam telling me he was ready. I headed back upstairs. The hilarious thing about doing this podcast on the road is that we will have to makeshift with what we have at the time. Sean texted me earlier asking if it was okay to put the microphones on the ironing board supplied by the hotel because there was no type of “desk” that would work. “Ya man, ironing board is fine.” Then I get a text, “Bring the bibles from your room, I’m serious.” Now I KNOW we are not about to come to Jesus anytime soon so it has to be for some other reason than that.

 With Sam. We have done so much in our time together. 

With Sam. We have done so much in our time together. 

Sam arrived promptly and we began. It’s very early days yet and it will take sometime to peel the onion layer by layer but we will get there. And when we do, I think I will discover just as much about Glass Tiger as you will, Dear Canada. Remember, I have never seen it, but I have lived it.

Came back to my room and readied for bed. Tomorrow we head to “The ‘Peg.”

Goodnight Dear Canada, until tomorrow. ~Alan 

 I have family who would say, “ See, the lord IS INDEED, propping you up.” 😉

I have family who would say, “ See, the lord IS INDEED, propping you up.” 😉