Tuesday, April 19, 2016

You know
I've waited for the Sun
This coast has the most
It comes down in buckets
sheets sometimes
But I wouldn't want to be without it
The trees are so green because of it
It's true, what they say about vitamin D
The scarcity of it here
doesn't bode well for drivers
or exercisers
It's the wiser one who knows
the balance
the dance
the difference between right and wrong
the meaning of a song

Friday, April 15, 2016

Life in general

my art studio

I used to be a sage
of front pages
sitting in the Sun
reciting the exciting dismal news
nobody listened

I drove a piece of shit car
faster than I do now
I had places to go then
more than I do now
Now, it is just a job

Life, I mean
My alarm goes off every day
and I remind myself of the dreams
as I awake and shake the sleep
and run for my life

Humans of Erth


Shit was tough back then

Mom- valium Dad- whiskey Joey-explosive rage Sally- depression


A picture is worth a thousand words

Seen any good movies lately?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

What it Takes

Found in the garden or in the heart
I knew right from the start
the heaviest things in life are real
and they aim to shame
unless you fight against the grey
Find the blue in the sky
and the games you love to play
the days
seem short
but within them are the longest equations
for the passion to be drawn out

keep looking

and you will keep finding

what it takes
to make it.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The music has always been playing
no matter if I was crashing through the waves
or sitting silently on the ridge of a local peak
It has been the constant in my life
I have a memory of listening to 'King of Pain'
on my little radio that my great grandpa gave me
it was in Coquitlam, circa 1982

Or the first notes of Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' finding their way into
my room and my 9 year old heart and soul
I began to really love music when I was 10. It is a time that stands out
A time that seemed to be stamped with the songs and
the videos of the day
The invention of MTV and Muchmusic were pivotal

When I was 13, I somehow came across a copy of Pink Floyd
Dark Side of the Moon
which was recorded when I was in the womb
and was released the same year I was
I lay in my bed at night, in my room
in the dark
and let the story unfold
and no matter what
those alarm clocks going off always scared the shit out of me

And 14 brought Led Zeppelin
Which was the beginning of the end

Friday, April 1, 2016

Back to BC

Words never leave
enough space
for thinking
carry on they say
keep calm
fuck off
my fire amused you
you had some of your own
and not just for dancing
a kinks song came to me today
just came to me
from where?
the summer of the kinks
always a fond reminder
water towers and flowers
the first graffiti I did
I know it's the past
but I like it
Nobody lived it but us
and me
to say I was there is a privilege
you live on in my lyrics
and my art
the lost decade was fun
being lost with you
when you tried to bribe the police in Calgary
they weren't impressed
Nobody was
except me
we understood each other
2 days later we were in the back of a police car in lake Louise
We were friends with them before the lights were in the rear view
Next thing you know, you talked them into lights and sirens
and 130km/h down the highway
It wasn't like we were criminals
we were nice young men from nice, suburban roots
they knew
there was an understanding
you tried to get up in court with your crutches
the next day
I sat you down, got up and sincerely apologised
the judge didn't care
he had heard a thousand empty apologies
oh well, we paid $100 each and were on our way
back to BC

Group exhibition. Anvil Centre.