Dear Canada Blog #62 May 10th 2018
Between 1640 and 1700, a settlement formed inside a large horseshoe-shaped meander of the L'Assomption River. Amerindians had already been visiting this site since ancient times and called it Outaragasipi meaning widening river, in reference to the river's course. They would drag their canoes across the peninsula as a short-cut for the meander, and therefore the settlement was first called Le Portage.
Later, during the 90’s, when GT was recording in L.A. and again, when I recorded HOLD ON, (my first solo endeavour), we always stayed in touch, going out for the occasional drink or bite to eat together. Julian is an incredibly personable and caring human being. He engages life head-on and he cares about this world and our relationship with nature and all things planet earth. His devoted philanthropic and charitable contributions to help make the world just a little bit of a better place than it was when he found it is exemplary. Most notably the White Feather Foundation and the Whale Dreamers Organization. These organisations promote the co-existence of all species and the health and well-being of the Earth. The name White Feather Foundation came from a beautiful conversation Julian once had with his father. "Dad once said to me that should he pass away, if there was some way of letting me know he was going to be OK – that we were all going to be OK – the message would come to me in the form of a white feather. ... the white feather has always represented peace to me.”
One cool thing you may not know about Julian is just how much of a gifted and fabulous photgrapher he is. He opened his first exhibition of 35 photographs called "Timeless: The Photography of Julian Lennon" at the Morrison Hotel with his photographs including shots of his brother Sean and U2 frontman Bono and his "Horizons" series featured at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, in New York City. I saw some of Julian’s work from a shoot he did in Montreal at a Leonard Cohen tribute event including shots of, Elvis Costello, Sting & Lana Del Ray and I follow his work on Instagram under the title, “JulesPicturePalace” whereby he turns his travels into beautiful works of art. I highly recommend you check that out. It is my goal to have him shoot Glass Tiger one day.....I’ll have to work on that.😉
A funny story. When he consented to duet with me on the new GT Album “31” Sam and I flew to L.A. and we all met up in the evening for a glass of wine and a nibble. We set the time for the recording the next evening and we popped over to pick him up. Julian was totally prepared and ready to go but I can understand how intimidating it must be not only to interpret “someone else’s” songand not just “any” song, a classic song, 31 years old and beloved by millions, PLUS you have the guy there with you who wrote and sang it and he has been singing loads and is in great shape while you haven’t sung in a while. Phew! Nerve-wracking or what? So here we are, we have all been together, broken bread together, had a drink, caught up on old times, big hugs and kisses and Julian goes into the vocal booth gets on the microphone prepares himself and then says lovingly, “Alan?”
“Yes Jules. What’s up?” “Fuck off!” “Come again?” I replied. “Fuck off!” says Mr Lennon. The lads behind the console laugh. “What does he mean?” I ask them innocently. “He wants ya out of here, says Sam. He wants to spend some focussed time without you listening in!” And so the penny dropped. I got it right away. And so, fuck off I did. For about an hour or so I hung out in the lobby lol. Julian however, is a true artist. It took him no time at all to blow out the cobwebs, get into his groove, and put his “mark” indelibly on the new version of “THIN RED LINE.” And for that, he let me back in!😂
The end result is simple, stark and hauntingly beautiful. Thanks pal ❌⭕️
The show ended up being wonderful. Very much like the night before, the audience was fantastic. My voice came storming back and never let me down. Afterwards we did a VIP meet and greet then went out to the foyer to meet fans who had waited patiently for us to come out to say hello and offer autographs etc.
We did the hour drive later back to Montreal. Upon arrival everyone headed straight to their rooms and bed. And so I bid you, Goodnight Dear Canada, until tomorrow ~Alan.