Much thanks to Kathy Bates for transcribing this interview!
Where? Airport – 15 min – plane in 20 min – off to? Calgary slave lake tomorrow Calgary Friday night
Connections in Calgary? No – company hiring my band to play – gas or oil
Touring the album – start beg of nov – Newfoundland – jan 5 nanaimo work way east
Going? Great – smaller shows nfld – violinist – guitar player – always worried with a new record
Anxious to hear blue rodeo – not once did people call out for blue rodeo songs.. so far so good
Couldn’t have been better –
Jim Cuddy – legend – part of an elite group of cdn songwriters – do you recognize? Associate? Think about? No – never believe your own press – do think we came along at a fortunate time – neil young – leonard cohen – Gordon lightfoot – cdn music became what cdns wanted – bands honest working bands – your town – your university – strong loyalty – audience – certainly recognize that – reason we’ve been around for so long
Keep on doing that – private parties – smaller venues – 500,000 people – get a charge of whatever we play – success not guaranteed – contest winners – nothing wrong with going to a small place – some of the best we’ve had – 100th anniversary Inverness – what it’s like to live in that particular place – applauded for what’s good for us
Success guaranteed now? No – older – still making music – never want to rest on your laurels. Not happy band if tribute.
Collaborate – jeff tweedy – identify? Parallels – how did that work? So simple – in town – long time ago. Jay Bennett – jim cuddy – know him – come on over do a song – bringing jeff and jay over – do country song. Didn’t exchange phone numbers – never really seen them since. Jay passed away last year. Bob in blue rodeo was in that band. Pretty rough for him.
Inspired by person playing with – give and take? Hope they’ll be reasonably nice people – do something quickly – hope musical talent is real – can sing or play. Always instruments around – vocal suggestions. All really easy.
Bad experience collaborating? Asked to do something on someone else’s record – just looking for association with our name or not interested in what i do. Rarely happens. These days i pretty much work with friends. How do we know them?
Songwriting changed over the years? Nostalgia familiar elements – contemplating more as you get older. Circumstances changed since band – kids now in 20s – talked about this record alot. Imagining something – make it real – add details of my life or people around me. I am an empty nester. I am 56 – thoughts about my own mortality. Early times with my wife. Put in what i know.
Confessional – don’t know that it’s confessional. So much is imagined. Greatest danger – this song is about you. It’s all imagined. My brain works in a particular way. Song form. My truth. Want to be moved, be close to the bone.
Heroes? Listen to right now? 2 different things. Decemberests – national
Leonard cohen, Jackson brown, paul mccartney, the boss
National obtaining legendary status – music industry changed ? Interesting question. Long and winding road to leonard cohen. Circumstances of industry will allow to last for a long time. National show – all same age category. Their life being represented. Identity among people – talented facility with words.
Internet – wilco – stream albums? We do everything – all sorts of methods – streaming is like radio play. Radiohead – don’t think that went very well – next traditional. Make some money with record sale or paint houses on the side. Song on radio – everyone listening to. Everyone heard – handful of stations. Now a lot more diffused. Outlets.
National – most people in Toronto never heard of them.
Cancon? Without cancon don’t think cdn bands would survive. New cdn bands wouldn’t get the same opportunity. Radio less relevant. Know broadcasters – somebody else has paid to be popular. Proof always in record sales – don’t force to go buy a record.
Rush – only – never heard them on the radio. People don’t want less cdn music – they want more.