We previewed two tunes at a house concert near Stratford on Saturday, a potentially frightful thing to do considering both Dayna and I were beyond exhausted after a week of rehearsing and recording. “I dont even understand myself anymore,” i announced to the audience, sleepily, during my set.
After an encore,, Dayna and I did two songs as Trent Severn – Mulroney Times and Bluenose On A Dime. Not to downplay my own solo material but playing the Trent Severn songs for the first time was like a rush of adrenalin, and a flood of oxygen to the brain. Partially because they are new songs, but also because this music is in our blood right now, and I imagine will be for a long time. We have both been playing our own heart wrenching solo stuff for a loooong time and there is something exhilarating about playing music and singing harmonies with someone else who you know is just gonna nail it. It’s as though there is a reason both of us have endured almost carbon copy experiences in our own rollercoastery careers. For the first and last time, we performed the songs as a duo. We have yet to locate our Arctic Vixen.
When we finished the songs, I looked at the audience and they had been resurrected out of their collective house concert coma. They were invigorated, and it was the first time I got confirmation that my suspicions about our new band might be right. Maybe, just maybe, we have found a way to be entertainers again. As David Bowie said to me once, “Art isn’t art until it reaches an audience.” And so begins our orienteering!