ALAN FREW

Musician. Author. Speaker.

Dear Canada Blog #55 April 19th 2018.

We set off around noon for our drive from Moncton to Charlottetown, stopping briefly at a record and memorabilia store. My daughter has now decided that “vinyl is it!” And so I grabbed her what she asked for: Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and AC/DC.......she’s THIRTEEN! How amazing is that? More and more and MORE kids are into classic, killer, music. It’s soooooo refreshing. She could be listening to fabricated, bubblegum, but no, it’s Queen, Zeppelin, The Beatles, AC/DC, Bee Gees, etc;  I get such a kick out of hearing; We Will Rock You, or Black Dog or even St.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, come blasting out of her room. How amazing, how UNBELIEVABLY amazing, that it came blasting out of mine, FIFTY ONE YEARS AGO!! That is astonishing and mind-boggling, all in one. Now THAT’S music withstanding the test of time.

  One of THE albums of my life.......I trust it will be one of hers. 

One of THE albums of my life.......I trust it will be one of hers. 

Reached Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, around 4pm. Weather, a little chilly, a little rainy, but no snow!

Charlottetown is the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island. Named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen consort of King George lll, of the United Kingdom, Charlottetown is also the capital of Prince Edward Island, and it’s on the southern coast of the province. The Province House National Historic Site hosted the Charlottetown Conference, which was held for representatives from the colonies of British North America to discuss Canadian Confederstion. The conference took place between September 1 through 9, 1864. 

  Delegates of the Charlottetown Conference on the steps of Government House.     And so being allowed a complete evening off here I decided to go to the gym over at the university and have a work out. I would have had a swim but it was too busy at that time and I will swim tomorrow.     Had a bite to eat with the lads then headed back to my hotel to watch the LEAFS v Bruins. The lads just don’t have the depth, the strength nor do they have the experience that the Bruins have and I fear this is the end of the road for them, for this season. Never say never though, and if they come flying out of the gate in game five, they could steal one in Boston and it’s still game on but I wouldn’t be putting money on it.     That was really it. That was my day. It was an easy, relaxed one, and so in honour of game 5, here are FIVE random thoughts shooting through my head with no rhyme or reason.     1)   Global warming is real. Please take care of the planet. We have to think about what kind of world we are going to leave behind for Keith Richards.    2)  If I was ever captured by the Taliban or ISIS, they wouldn’t have to resort to torture to get information out of me. They would only have to lock me in a room with speakers and blast, Bette Midler’s  “The Wind Beneath My Wings”  over and over and I would tell them any fucking thing they’d want to know.   3)    The last   time I played Charlottetown, PEI, was New Year’s Eve 2016, and it was -30 degrees and our show was OUTDOORS. Lucky for me I carry my “ball & pee” warmer with me for emergencies. I KNEW those knitting classes would come in handy and finally pay off!!     

Delegates of the Charlottetown Conference on the steps of Government House. 

And so being allowed a complete evening off here I decided to go to the gym over at the university and have a work out. I would have had a swim but it was too busy at that time and I will swim tomorrow. 

Had a bite to eat with the lads then headed back to my hotel to watch the LEAFS v Bruins. The lads just don’t have the depth, the strength nor do they have the experience that the Bruins have and I fear this is the end of the road for them, for this season. Never say never though, and if they come flying out of the gate in game five, they could steal one in Boston and it’s still game on but I wouldn’t be putting money on it.

That was really it. That was my day. It was an easy, relaxed one, and so in honour of game 5, here are FIVE random thoughts shooting through my head with no rhyme or reason.

1) Global warming is real. Please take care of the planet. We have to think about what kind of world we are going to leave behind for Keith Richards.

2) If I was ever captured by the Taliban or ISIS, they wouldn’t have to resort to torture to get information out of me. They would only have to lock me in a room with speakers and blast, Bette Midler’s “The Wind Beneath My Wings” over and over and I would tell them any fucking thing they’d want to know.

3)   The last time I played Charlottetown, PEI, was New Year’s Eve 2016, and it was -30 degrees and our show was OUTDOORS. Lucky for me I carry my “ball & pee” warmer with me for emergencies. I KNEW those knitting classes would come in handy and finally pay off!! 

 

  “Knit one, purl two, no wait!....purl for three.”    4) Saddened to learn of the death of young superstar DJ, Avicii. Even in his young life, he has been very public with the fact that he suffered from “excessive partying and drinking” which actually led to his having acute pancreatitis in 2016. As a band when we hear of such a thing, we look at each other and you can see the bells going off in your fellow band mate’s head, knowing full-well that he’s thinking, “been there, done that.” We dodged our own bullets. We were young, popular, making money, travelling the world and the environment was constantly “on.” At one point there never, ever, was any “off button.”  That’s why these days I would offer advice if warranted or asked but I would never point fingers and say “How could you?” I know all too well how he could. I am so sad this kid is gone at the top of his game and so unbelievably, way too soon. Shit happens and THIS? At 28? This is the shittiest of shit. Condolences to his family, friends and fans 😢    5) Just when you take great time, great care and great pains to plan and execute your next new look, someone comes along and steals it right from under your nose!!     

“Knit one, purl two, no wait!....purl for three.”

4) Saddened to learn of the death of young superstar DJ, Avicii. Even in his young life, he has been very public with the fact that he suffered from “excessive partying and drinking” which actually led to his having acute pancreatitis in 2016. As a band when we hear of such a thing, we look at each other and you can see the bells going off in your fellow band mate’s head, knowing full-well that he’s thinking, “been there, done that.” We dodged our own bullets. We were young, popular, making money, travelling the world and the environment was constantly “on.” At one point there never, ever, was any “off button.”  That’s why these days I would offer advice if warranted or asked but I would never point fingers and say “How could you?” I know all too well how he could. I am so sad this kid is gone at the top of his game and so unbelievably, way too soon. Shit happens and THIS? At 28? This is the shittiest of shit. Condolences to his family, friends and fans 😢

5) Just when you take great time, great care and great pains to plan and execute your next new look, someone comes along and steals it right from under your nose!! 

 

  “Fuck you Sean! “

“Fuck you Sean! “

And so goodnight Dear Canada, until tomorrow 

                             ~Alan