Well, it’s a Friday but it feels kinda Monday-like to me. I think I’ve just had such a full busy week that not having to rush around today has slowed my adrenaline, plus it’s grey and windy outside, so all things considered, I am in sleepy mode today. Add to that yet another tragedy in our community, I’ve lost count this Fall, but it saps your energy and makes you think. Or should I say ponder – I’m too tired to think. So I’ll ponder instead.
What to ponder? Well, music and honeybees, of course! Music being my son’s tunes – I’ve decided (with his permission, of course) that I should try to flog his tunes whenever possible. Nothing formal, but just a general presentation of his music. I have used his original songs in some of my work, but I think it’s time he pushed a little harder to get it out there, so I’ll be the nudger.
Christopher is one of those kids with a magic charisma – countless times I have seen him in situations where people crowd around in search of a smile or a chuckle. He makes everyone laugh and feel at ease, and says he generally does not have bad days (is this possible?). Let me just say that I am a lucky Mom cause there have been times over the years when he was able to change my bad days into good ones, just by virtue of speaking. As a drummer (and he’s a darn good one), he animates the stage. He grooves to the music and lights up the stage. It’s magical to watch. As a singer songwriter, his original music is contemplative and real, and he has the connectivity to the audience to attract true loyal fans very quickly. At a coffeehouse in his City of Grande Prairie, I observed while folks my own age were hugging him and loving him after he sang just because ‘he is Christopher’. How did I raise him that way? Hmmm. I don’t think I did, because I have typical female insecurities (don’t we all?) and I was a single Mom, and apart from that all I can say is maybe it was those Friday nite Greco donair or pizza nights that secured his ease. Cause those came with lots of heart to heart discussions and me, the dreamer, always telling him he could be whatever he wants to be. Not sure, and in truth he didn’t see his Dad much, but upon seeing them together recently I realized that although his Dad wasn’t generally present (‘cept for summers and the occasional Christmas), he still had a huge influence on our son. Laughter was imminent, and I may have already blogged about this, but it boggles my mind how this kid turned out so good.
Well, enough bragging about him, I want you to hear his music because I really think he has something special going on and I want to make it part of my professional duty to spread the word about the music of Christopher Rodgers. Okay don’t laugh, but I now have to figure out how to incorporate his music into this blog…hmmm…well, I’ll go work on that and in the meantime you can check him out on youtube. He can be found in the video Making It To Triumph Street (from a few years back), as well as in A Time To Drum preview (the song at the end is his). Also some of his old tunes with the band Don’t Mention the War are still on myspace (written with Mike Noble and Mike Holden who have changed the band’s title to Young Pacific). The one I really want you to hear is called Silence, Bloodhound and it gives me goosebumps. But it’s on my other computer at home so I will make a promise to get it to you asap.
In other news, the rumours are true, I am in the very early stages of planning a new reality based Design Show with Susan Snow of Moving Designz. No more news on that yet because we have a lot to sort out but I am hoping we will get an 8 minute pilot shot in January. At this point this will likely be a web series but we will see. I do believe the future is the web – there are distributors out there who buy content for the web, and production value is going up.
In the meantime I am still shooting promotional videos and commercials for folks on the Island. I also had the very great honour of recently shooting a pre-school show called Bunny Bop, by the award winning producer of The Big Comfy Couch, Cheryl Wagner (in partnership with her daughter Harmony). It was a lot of fun, with small children in bunny suits, a bunny garden, the neatest puppet named Buddy Bunny (and friends) and an awesome crew. My five year old niece Lana was also in the show, and she did wonderfully! Overall just a terrific experience, and of course me in my glory as cam op, my fave job on set ever.
Ok I will work on getting some music out to you, but check out the An Oiche.com website for more about the awesome Christopher Rodgers.