“Tales” is evolving.
When I conceived of “Tales from the Attic” I thought it would centre on the many musicians I've jammed with, reminiscences of the tumultuous
Greenwich Village in the '60s, on
the road with Sharon, Lois and Bram … the folkie stories.
There is some of that, but three of the stories are about
Kosovo at war. Another is about a dark
journey into Cocaine; another about anger and sexual repression; and I’m
developing one about jealousy.
There are stories about love, connection, and how music creates a harmony not only of chords, but of hearts. And scattered among these tales are humorous misadventures.
Themes of conflict are emerging, personal, interpersonal and social; some loving conflicts and some not.
Taking shape for me out of the exploration of these tales is the discovery that there is either love or violence, and even violence is a cry for love. The first time I heard this from my mentor, Stan Dale, I found it a very hard saying. How could it be true? Rape, murder, war… is the Universe driven by two opposite forces or just one? I question it to this day. And yet the more I revisit the memories of war torn
and Kosovo, or the conflict of love and hate in Mississippi… the deeper I dig into the guts
of my own soul, the more I find it to be true.
And other themes are emerging as I develop this show… meta themes. When I was a teenager music was about impressing, getting girls, being admired... in other words, a way of masking the insecurities that lay within. Now my music is less about putting up a front and more about sharing what’s inside. I seek out my inner vulnerabilities and wear them, inviting my audience to experience the deeper me, even though I know there will be judgment. We tend to spend our lives comparing our insides to other people’s outsides. I don’t want to continue showing up that way. I rest in the faith that the deeper we look into each others’ eyes, the more we see ourselves.
Stay tuned for the next installment of discovering who I am and what I’m doing here. I think “Tales from the Attic” will soon be coming to
Shelburne, Ontario, and after that, Toronto.