Category Archives: This & That

My Playlist February 2018

Having replaced my stereo needle, my stylus for my turntable, I am listening to my record albums when I’m in my writing studio. My awesome Monsoon computer speaker system is falling apart, past the point the where Bob at the Columbia Radio repair shop (1151 Sanford) can put it together again. Bach partita no.5 in […]

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Let’s Talk #2

LISTEN INNG What if as part of “Let’s Talk,” we had a “We’ll Listen” campaign. File this under new ideas and let’s talk and mental health. The idea is this; start with a pilot project in a few high traffic malls, the airport, the universities, the library and offer to listen to passers by for […]

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My Left Foot

The word amputation makes us flinch After a rare year without surgery I have a below the left knee amputation scheduled at the HSC on March 26, 2018. My left foot can bear no weight, and I have plenty. The foot is ever more deformed; this picture goes back to August. Stage Four Flat Foot […]

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One of the reasons I like Mingus/Like Listening to Mingus

Ted Curson, Trumpet: After a yearlong stint with Cecil Taylor that resulted in one concert and a recording for United Artists (Love For Sale, 1959 or 1957 [depending on who one asks]), Curson joined Charles Mingus in a quartet in 1960, with reedman Eric Dolphy as a foil. “I got a phone call from a […]

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New ideas

A cheese and carrot grater that comes with a knuckle guard, a wheelchair lift for small spaces and heights, using compressed air to inflate and raise the passenger to the correct height. A chef’s chair combining a captain’s chair with a wheelchair and an office chair. Office chair should be the place to start, but […]

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Some Things = Quality of Life

As I set up house-keeping, here’s some things I can not do without in my kitchen. A Pyrex two cup measure. A pitcher or jug, a juicer. The blender is perfect without taking up a lot of room. Biggest success with it early on has been pureeing leek and potato soup. Heck, I might  even […]

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Dream Illustrated

Dream from the archives. Doctor explaining the pain in my back. Images by Murray Toews.

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Along the 49th Parallel

DREAMCATCHERS ALONG THE 49TH TONIGHT July 29, 2017 An energetic crew of singers, dancers, and actors performed in the Masonic Auditorium at the International Peace Gardens. While it felt a bit like an “Up with People” for the 21st century, there were significant differences. The material was developed in interviews and workshops across Canada as […]

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Drums and Bass Part 2

BASS I heard Dave Young play in Winnipeg if memory serves with Lenny Breau in the early seventies at the WAG Richardson Auditorium. He’s been back to Winnipeg, if not as often as I would like. The most recent album of his that I am enjoying now is One Way Up (feat. Renee Rosnes), with […]

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Drums and Bass – Part 1

I’ve always preferred trios, quartets, and quintets when I’m listening to jazz. Trios do not always have drums and bass, with experimentation and preferences varying instrumentation. It is unusual for quartets, quintets and sextets not to have an strong rhythm section including drums and bass. I’m listening to Dr. John and Jimmy Smith on the […]

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