To date, this summer has been “One for the Books” as Molly Thomason would say. Things just keep stacking up that make it a challenge to maintain my ever cheerful and optimistic attitude. After a brutally long winter, we’re now having hit and miss summer weather. (There should be no need for jeans and sweaters during the day in June & July – evenn Halifax.)
In June I suffered a tragic computer disaster which saw me make the move to a Mac AND have to re-create all the files I lost – including bookkeeping for 5 companies. I can’t tell you how much fun that learning curve has been. Intuitive my ass. Intuitive if you haven’t been using a PC since computers emerged on the scene maybe!
Since June 30, we’ve had four summer shows and a fall tour cancelled. (I must point out none of these had to do with poor ticket sales, thank god.)
On Thursday when I should have been preparing for Songcamp (which is 30 strong this year), I had to have an emergency tooth extraction. At first, all seemed good. I went back to the party I’d left, had a couple of drinks with the girls and toddled off home happy that the dental issues had been looked after. Incidentally, I was the centre of great admiration by my friends who all thought I was a hero for returning after such a serious incident. At first I thought they were being a bit over the top, but it did take 30 minutes of yanking, pull, twisting to get the tooth out, so . . . by the end of the evening, I was totally buying into what a tough chick I am. Then Friday came. Up super early cause I’d lost time with the tooth thing, had two cups of coffee and my customary dozen cigarettes while working on the computer and bam! Agonizing pain again. Pills, more pills, friends’ pills, lots of writhing around, more pills. After some of the pills started having a marginal impact, I dragged myself to the computer and googled post operative care for tooth extraction (good, hey?). Apparently, alcohol, hot drinks, and cigarettes are not recommended post operative behavour after tooth extraction. Who knew?
Fortunately, my sister is a dental surgeon. I was texting her by 9:30. We met in our forties so this is the first time I’ve had occasion to get down on my knees and thank god she pursued the medical profession. She gave me lots of advice, told me what to take and is going to check it out this afternoon to make sure all of my teeth are not going to fall out while I spend 7 days in the remote highlands of Cape Breton (where apparently the only dentist for three hours is a gentleman who has long been retired).
The only reason I thought my tooth is the only thing that’s cracked, is that, while I am a mess, everyone else is rocking. (Well, not Lynn Daigle, she’s sprained an ankle again!) Dylan, hot on the heels of “Do it All Again”, has a great single coming out this week with Quake (“Summertime Win”) and he’s starting an 8 week run on Sunday nights at the Harbourfront (Casino NS) where he’ll be having in lots of surprise guests. We’re finalizing the art (always a treat for everyone) for Mo’s fall release – which sounds amazing. Molly’s getting airplay with “Silence Don’t Scare Me” and has lots of show in July. Kyle Mischiek also has a great single out – with a totally fun video (“Mine for the Summertime”). David’s Christmas release is well ahead of schedule, Laura Roy has a new manager who seems like a great guy, Dave Sampson’s debut is doing well. Oh, and I actually saw a band I didn’t know that blew me away this summer – The Brood. They were so good at the Casino contest that I went out at midnight last week to see them again – to make sure they were really as good as I remember. Check them out on Bandcamp. Gordie’s Songcamp starts tomorrow – 30 people and two public shows this year! It’s our 5th Anniversary so pretty much everyone is there – and we have new friends coming – Donovan Woods, Chris Noxx and Corey Lerue.
I guess as I write this that it hasn’t been that bad a summer. The good is outweighing the bad. Still, I could use a quiet August to catch up – because the fall is going to be exciting and crazy busy!