Sunday, January 4, 2015

Song #1: Weather Hold (2015 52-song project)

Welcome to my 2015 52-song project! 

I'm going to post a previously-unrecorded song to YouTube every Sunday for a year and some of the songs will have corresponding blog posts telling a little something about the origin of the song.

I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel and request that you please comment or give thumbs up to the songs you particularly like. I'm going to use feedback I receive to decide what to record on my next album, which I'll hopefully record toward the end of 2015 or in 2016.

I will be including some new songs and some songs from my archives. It seems only right to kick off with one of my most-recently written songs, so here goes.

Song #1: Weather Hold

I wrote this song in November 2014 while I was in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for the Labrador Creative Arts Festival. On the first day of the festival, I was scheduled to fly up to Nain to do some workshops with the kids there. But everything in Labrador is weather dependent and the wind did not co-operate. So, I sat in the airport, along with a number of other LCAF visiting artists, for about seven-eight hours, each hour bringing another update saying that we were on weather hold and there would be another update in an hour or an hour and a half or an hour and 15 minutes.

While having fun getting to know the other artists, my mind was also thinking about waiting, and ceasing to wait (taking the bull by the horns, as we say in my family). The next morning I had nothing scheduled (because I was supposed to still be in Nain) so I sat down at wrote this song. It was a wonderful way to transform my disappointment about not being able to travel up the coast into something positive.

I hope you enjoy it.

(If you'd like to read the lyrics, they are posted on You Tube with the song.)


  1. This is lovely (and very much apropos, given what it's like outside right now)! I like how you've turned the repetitive "updates" (in which only the time of the next update changes) into a natural refrain for the song.