ALAN FREW

Musician. Author. Speaker.

Dear Canada Blog #34 March 29th 2018

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From this....

Up in time for an 8:30 a.m. lobby call. Headed to the airport for our flight. Now, this flight, was a little different than all the others so far. This one was, a little .....smaller. On this one, we couldn’t take our huge suitcases that we have been living out of these past weeks, and on this one, they even weigh your carry-on, no matter how small. For you see Dear Canada, today’s flight was on, world famous, Bearskin Airlines!!  

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Last night we sent our suitcases ahead with Johnny’s crew on their buses in order that we travel “light.” 

We saw our plane being brought to the boarding area, towed by a small truck. This isn’t nearly my first time on a small plane but I never seem to get used to that feeling of just dangling up there, floating sort of, from side-to-side. Still though, my recovery from severe fear of flying helps considerably and I was even able to nap a little during the flight. 

  .....to this.......     Landing is always a little queasy on these planes but these are great pilots, experienced in all kinds of weather and situations and the lads brought us down safely and gently, with ease.     Headed to the Delta hotel here in Sault Ste Marie, and had lunch with, Sam, Al and Sean before heading up to my room for a bit of chill-time.  

.....to this....... 

Landing is always a little queasy on these planes but these are great pilots, experienced in all kinds of weather and situations and the lads brought us down safely and gently, with ease. 

Headed to the Delta hotel here in Sault Ste Marie, and had lunch with, Sam, Al and Sean before heading up to my room for a bit of chill-time.  

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....to this, all in no time at all. 

Napped a little sitting upright in a chair, yes I told you I can sleep anywhere anytime. Then I headed downstairs to the gym for a workout. 

We are all starting to sense that we are getting close to home. Tomorrow we drive to Sudbury on a day off, then play Sudbury Saturday night, and then.......fly to Toronto on Sunday!!!  With two shows upcoming in my home city, Monday & Tuesday, at the Danforth Music Hall, which ironically, I have never been in, never mind played it. It will be tough on our brains to actually be home, yet STILL being on tour, but we’ll take it. Traditionally, playing our home city has always been a bit of a stressful time for us, having to deal with ticket situations for families and friends etc and passes, and making sure you try and make time for everyone. Ask any performer or athlete and I am sure they will echo my sentiment. It is less stressful to play the big game “away” from home. These days, I just tell friends to pick a spot and meet there later as opposed to try and meet them all at the gig. 

 “Hi, Sault Ste. Marie? This is Sault Ste. Marie.” 

“Hi, Sault Ste. Marie? This is Sault Ste. Marie.” 

I found out a cool fact today that I did not know. Even although I have been performing in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, since back in my bar days in the 70’s, all this time, I did not know that across the river, in the USA, a “stones throw away,” is Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, USA. The name itself, originates from Saults de Sainte-Marie, archaic French for "Saint Mary's Falls", a reference to the rapids of Saint Marys River. Sault Ste. Marie, was settled by Native Americans more than 12,000 years ago, and was long a crossroads of fishing and trading of tribes around the Great Lakes. The one I am in now is by far the larger of the two, but I am still intrigued by the fact that there are two of them, side by side, in different countries. Let’s all be thankful there aren’t TWO GLASGOW’S side by side.   😂😂😂

  From Sault Ste. Marie, I look across the river at Sault Ste. Marie. 🤨     Big crowd tonight in the arena. Johnny was on by the time we got there and so the first time I saw him was when he came out to duet with me on, “Wae Yer Family.” We again did a verse of “Flower Of Scotland,” much to the crowd’s delight.     Back at hotel for a late bite with the lads. And now tired I leave you with 5 random thoughts;      1) Never celebrate too early in the game.     2) Showing up is half the battle. Show up!    3) You attract whatever is on your mind.      4) Never conform to suit someone’s idea of who they say you should be. ESPECIALLY someone who hasn’t spent a single second of his or her life doing what it is you do.      5) Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill.

From Sault Ste. Marie, I look across the river at Sault Ste. Marie. 🤨 

Big crowd tonight in the arena. Johnny was on by the time we got there and so the first time I saw him was when he came out to duet with me on, “Wae Yer Family.” We again did a verse of “Flower Of Scotland,” much to the crowd’s delight. 

Back at hotel for a late bite with the lads. And now tired I leave you with 5 random thoughts;  

1) Never celebrate too early in the game. 

2) Showing up is half the battle. Show up!

3) You attract whatever is on your mind.  

4) Never conform to suit someone’s idea of who they say you should be. ESPECIALLY someone who hasn’t spent a single second of his or her life doing what it is you do.  

5) Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill.

  Goodnight Dear Canada, until tomorrow.                                        ~Alan.     

Goodnight Dear Canada, until tomorrow. 

                                   ~Alan.