Happy New Year…

Yes, it’s a week into the new year of 2016, and I’ve been quite remiss in not updating this blog over the past year! Time seems to fly by even more quickly and with so much going on in life, there’s not a lot left over for blogging.

It’s nice to see 2015 in the rear view window but mostly am looking ahead. The past year brought a lot of changes especially business wise, and I foresee a few more in store over the next 12 months.

On a personal level, I’m constantly amazed at how fast my son is growing! David is just the most awesome kid, and even though he’s hit the teenage years (can you believe it?) – there is no “teenage angst” to be seen. We’ve worked on a number of projects together although we still haven’t finished building the guitar kit we purchased earlier in the summer. That is a project we need to get back at, but we also need some extra tools to finish it off. Maybe later this month?

Many long ago readers and visitors will remember much talk about a band named “Wise, Young & King” which my eldest son drummed for.  This band no longer exists – but Alex and the lead singer along with another previous member of WY&K reformed into a new band called “Suns Of Stone.” They have released 2 CD’s and I’ve had the pleasure and good fortune to be able to attend some of their gigs – very impressive!

In the past year, Suns of Stone also added one of my other older sons, Colin, as their bass player! So it was doubly exciting for me to see them early in December of 2015 – two of my sons playing up on the stage.  Last week, I discovered that it’s also official that Suns of Stone will be opening up for Saga at The Phoenix in Toronto, on February 6th. In addition, there are rumours about a possible European tour later in the  year… I might apply for a roadie job! 🙂 More on news of the tour as it becomes available.

I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year and all the best in 2016. Hopefully this one will have some exciting and positive things for you! And perhaps I’ll find the time to blog more than just a couple of times every six months.

Our New Project

guitarOne of the things about my son David that I am so happy about is his love of music. I had always hoped he would enjoy music and also realize that having an interest in a wide genre would give him an appreciation for many musical styles, composers, artists and musicians. And with that in mind, I actually took him, along with his older brother, to see The Who when David was four years old. I wondered if it would be worth it; the tickets were expensive and I wondered if David would remember the concert when he was older.

But I also thought, “When David is 21, and discovers he had the opportunity to see The Who, but his dad did not take him, then he might be very disappointed. At least he will be able to say he has seen The Who, even if he doesn’t remember.”

So it was agreed to take him. And not only did he remember it for days after, he still remembers it almost ten years later. And I’ll never forget how disappointed he was when the concert ended: He wanted more of The Who!

Later, David saw The Irish Rovers (we had front row seats and to their amazing credit, everyone of the Rovers commented after to David about they noticed him singing along to every song), and he enjoyed that. He has also see live, many other bands including Deep Purple, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, CCR Revisited, Pat Benatar, Nazareth, Trooper, Cheap Trick, Honeymoon Suite, David Wilcox… the list goes on.

With living in Orangeville and having the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival almost in our backyard, he’s also had many opportunities to listen to fine Blues musicians and a highlight was in 2014, when we got to not only hear Steve Strongman, but have a conversation with him during which Mr. Strongman gave David his “game pick” that he had used during his performance. That pick has become one of David’s treasured possessions.

guitar2And today, it makes me very happy that my son has such a varied list of music on his Iphone and knows how to operate the CD player, and I will often hear him deciding to play a Deep Purple CD… or The Irish Rovers… or Steve Strongman.. or Suns of Stone.. or whatever he is in the mood for at the time.

This year, when David and I visited the Orangeville’s Bluesfest, we were very happy to see that Cithara Guitars were there again this year, in the Vendor’s area. Last year, David had a great time at their tent, talking about their products and the fact that their lines of guitars are named after Greek deities.  So this year, when he saw that they were offering kits to make your own guitar, he told me it was a project that he would love to work on with me. Our own guitar… that we  made ourselves from a kit…

So that is what we are doing. David and I agreed on the acoustic guitar kit and are now working on it and so looking forward to completing it.. and playing!

And I’m very happy for a project that my son enjoys and wants to work on, with me!

 

My Friday Night With Wise, Young & King

Readers of the previous rendition of my blog, “Ianism,” will know that about five years ago (maybe a bit more than that), I wrote about getting some mp3’s from my eldest son, Alex. At that time, I was not really expecting to hear anything that I’d probably want to listen to over and over, if truth be told. I’m being very honest – as much as I am proud of my son, who loves to drum, back then I did not think I’d be listening to some really quality music.

Well, I was wrong. I was hooked right from the beginning to their music, and have been a huge fan ever since. The band, Wise, Young & King has increased their following, and I know they have fans throughout Canada, North America and even in Northern Ireland.

Being based in Ottawa, I don’t get to hear them live very often but they did make a trip to Toronto on Friday. I’d never heard of the venue before that they played at, “The Rancho Relaxo” and wasn’t sure what to expect from its name. And with deep gratitude to my sister and her husband, who made sure I was able to make it to Toronto to see Wise, Young & King, we also dined on Mexican food that for the money, was of really good quality!

But it wasn’t about the food at Rancho Relaxo, we there for the music. It was nice to see a number of the band’s fans that were able to make it to Toronto, or who now live in Toronto themselves and wouldn’t miss a chance to see Wise, Young & King again. And for me, it was also a great and pleasant surprise to find out that another of my sons, Colin, who is attending college in Kingston was also there!

Wise, Young & King put on a great show, playing both some of their older “classics” like “The Black Rider,” “Federales,” and “Mean Streak” while also playing some new stuff that was excellent. Raw, rocking, and real is a good way to describe their music, both lyrically and musically.

The band brings a ton of… no, strike that… megatons of energy to their shows. I’ve yet to attend one where lots of others in attendance, and who had never heard them before, pick up their heads after hearing the first few bars of music… and then end up standing as close to the band as they can.  They really are that good.

Lead singer Al Charlton brings to Wise, Young & King an amazing vocal range that you just have to hear to appreciate. Lead guitarist Myles Bell is simply incredible and Bassist Colin (I have forgotten his last name – I’m sorry!) is so very talented too. And of course.. I leave him last because he is my son and don’t want to seem biased, but drummer Alex Scott is wicked good. And I’m not just saying that because I’m his dad, although I’d probably say because I’m his dad, if you  know what I mean.

They have a couple of CD’s (at least that I own), and one is for sale here at CD Baby. Another CD is in the works and I’m not sure when it will be available.

You can check out their website here: Wise, Young & King.

As well, this Toronto live music photographer, Alistair Maitland was in attendance and took some great shots and posted a review written by Alyssa Gagnier.

Look forward to more Wise, Young & King!

 

 

A New CD I Must Have!

I have just discovered that Leonard Cohen has a new CD out today. It is called “Old Ideas.”

Mr. Cohen is one of my favorite music artists and I own almost all of his albums, I do believe. I have been a fan of his for years (decades is more like it). I did manage to get to see him live in London, Ontario  a few years back and he put on an awesome show for us!

If anyone wants to buy me an early birthday present, believe me I’d remember it was from you when October rolls around! I can’t wait to have a listen of this new album, which will also be available in vinyl LP format.

Speaking of vinyl, I find it very interesting that it’s been making a comeback. I’m glad I have a Technics turntable as I enjoy vinyl’s.

Posted by: Ian Scott