I am headed to Canada on tour to play the Winnipeg Folk Festival with Shinyribs. I am most excited about the possible prospect of seeing fellow performer Buffy Sainte-Marie, who is one of my heroes for her music and her political stances. She was absolutely fearless, despite being a woman and a Native American at a time when it wasn’t easy to be either. She walked it and talked it all while making completely unique albums. There aren’t many people that can say they were black balled by President Johnson and appeared on Sesame Street.
I haven’t been to Canada since my senior class trip almost 17 years ago. At the time I was mostly concerned with getting drunk where the drinking age was only 18 and possibly landing a girl. The drinking happened, but the girl didnt. Now my priority is seeing someone that speaks truth to power while remaining sober enough to take in every moment, if I can get in. No matter how well we think we know ourselves we can’t even predict ourselves can we? As Nick Lowe sings:
That’s the long and short of it
Prepare for it or get bit