Just a portion of an iPhone video !
Man! What a perfect perfect sunny day for our performance and of course for the run/walk for Spina Bifida today. Rundle Park, Edmonton, was filled with participants and we had a glorious day of music, friends ,bar-b-que and fun. I was joined by some of the members of SpiritLine and we chose mostly old ,classics for the folks to sing along with ( and a couple of my originals thrown in too!)
Glad we could help out in this way.
What a great afternoon! Although the clouds were billowing the rain held off and the street was FULL….full of love! We were the last band to play for the afternoon. We put together a band of people that had never all worked together before, had not rehearsed , but had enough talent to go with the flow and have fun! Phew. We called ourselves ” Rene and The Hopefuls ” because Rene Pierno has been volunteering at Hope Mission in this way for years and it was her gig. I was so glad to be a part of it ….especially when you could hear SO many people singing along with us to classic songs like ” Walking on Sunshine or Country Roads ” , etc. We had dancers too! The poor made the middle class feel rich . We all felt the blessings of community and the joy of music.
..to say that our beautiful daughter was married this weekend. So in between mixing my latest C.D. I was able to take the most wonderful break to drive to Canmore, Ab.,for another musical weekend. Emily is now married to Kurt Loewen, lead guitar player of TMO ( The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra ) while Emma is their Sound Engineer. Music abounded at the wedding but my favourite part was the ” Love Song ” section after dinner and before the dance. The couple asked an eclectic group of people to sing love songs : everyone from a 91 year old Grandpa singing What a Wonderful World to the bridesmaids singing and playing the piano. We had fiddles, an accordion , guitars and even a harp. Music is truly the universal language !
What a wonderful place is Rosebud, Alberta. If you have never had the chance to experience it I suggest that you Google Maps your way there this summer for sure. When it was brought to my attention that the Rosebud Gallery was looking for Alberta Artists for a summer show I contacted Valerie Speer . What a talented and wonderful woman! Although they had already filled the requirement for the number of artists needed for the Gallery she suggested that I bring down some paintings ( with the ‘ Rosebud and area Theme’ ) for consideration in another building in town. This weekend we drove to Rosebud, had 6 of our paintings accepted for show and sale in the Box Office area and took in the excellent musical,Cotton Patch Gospel,that evening. We over nighted at the lovely Country Inn, shopped in town at the great artisan stores and then made our way over to Horseshoe Canyon and Drumheller. Although Rosebud is about 2 1/2 hours from Edmonton it is totally worth the hours to see the gorgeous scenery and to experience this town. We had a great weekend.
It seems I have 2 concerts in the works and both have to do with hope.
The first will be for the July 20th HOPE MISSION Street Festival in downtown Edmonton . Times to come.
Next up I will be playing at the Spina Bifida HOPE CLASSIC at Rundle Park on August 10th. The event starts at 10:30 A.M. .