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GLOBE, STAR, and some reflections…

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm

“Eloquence with Every Breath” That was the headline that ran in the print version of The Globe and Mail article that ran on Easter Weekend nationally.  I’m almost in disbelief that the story could hit so big.  I am also super chuffed that it ran in the Arts Section.  You can read it ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE!

Top it off with the fact that we got a glowing review in The Toronto Star this week!  3.5 stars out of four! I am just so happpppy! Currently packing my bags for Montreal’s gig tomorrow night  @ The Upstairs jazz club.

But all is not happiness, and while I have a sunny disposition most days taking advantage of this life while I can breath, there’s always this somewhat morbid caveat that keeps getting thrown out by the universe.  The day I bought the Globe and read it cover to cover I even read the Obits…. not good to see a fellow CFer and Lung Transplatee in the obits.  Very leveling in fact.  Then there’s the news of my sweet friend Bree. She had her transplant a year after mine. She’s in her 20s, full of life, humor, energy.  But the baffled Docs don’t seem to know why she’s doing so poorly. A bad “flu” left her dizzy for weeks, then she went blind, and now she can’t speak or move.  I am so sick at heart to consider her nightmare.  So while I really do enjoy squeezing the good out of every day because it feels so good, there’s also this little thing in the back of my mind saying, “do it now, before something bad happens!”

Ah, but that’s just so morbid. Did I mention that I sang with my husband’s wicked country band last weekend? When the end of the night came I was go-go dancing on a rizer. Why not, eh?!

It’s here! and… Register Yes!

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2011 at 2:59 am

Photo by Greg King Photography

We launched the new disc at Hugh’s Room on Tuesday. The entire evening was a wonderful blur.   The over arching feeling for the night was a hopeful joyous one.  I am so grateful.  Click here for a Global News video covering a bit of the music, and lots about transplant.  Apart from the anti-rejection medication really amping up my nervous shakes I did okay– it was a long day, though the meds do make me a bit of an idiot so I had a few mental gaps. I’d rather mental gaps than breathing gaps any day ; )

As well, we’ve been getting lots of air-play on radio: I’m so delighted that people are really digging the music like never before! I feel a general current of upward interest, in both English speaking Canada, and a new audience to me in the attentive French speaking Canada! Par example;  Radio Canada International coverage.

There was a feature on National Tissue and Organ Donation Awareness Week in today’s Toronto Sun (Friday the 15th) which I took part in as “NOTDAW” starts this Sunday the 17th and goes all week! Wear green, tell your friends, Register Yes, and speak to your family about your wishes. Stop being superstitious about transplant, and be a HERO! Nobody can harvest your organs like in the Monty Python sketch: the Canadian system is based on trust or it would collapse. In fact, the registry cannot be accessed until brain death is declared by not one, but TWO doctors in that especial field. Ask yourself this question, “if you were  dying and needed an organ to live, would you say no if one came available?”

More record launch night: Alex & Allecyats by Greg King.

Live Radio Performance

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2011 at 4:41 am

Listen LIVE on AM 740, “Zoomer Radio” at 2pm on Monday April 11th for a live performance by Alec & the Alleycats, with a short interview!  Not in the Toronto area broadcast zone?  Listen live on-line by clicking here.  A video-cast will also run live at


THIS IS ALL LEADING UP TO THE RECORD LAUNCH ON TUESDAY APRIL 12TH!  Please come to Hugh’s Room for the big launch party!  Details HERE.

…and then the phone rang

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2011 at 5:05 am

Tom whispers sweet nothings to Beaumont after his scare this week.

…once the phone rang and it was a voice telling me that they’d found lungs for me.

And when the phone rings and it’s Jennifer from the farm, I get scared. It just so happened that the phone rang on Monday night.  Beaumont was sick again. Rushing to the side of a giant horse with his gut impacted in fits of spasmodic pain, nearly buckling over, gave all involved a great scare. It was a late night scramble but a trailer was found for him and he was admitted to the Milton hospital for IV fluids to help pass the impaction. SAME colic as on May 24 with twisted gut. Luckily he pulled through with the fluid push as  the surgery is VERY risky.  We are feeling so lucky and all very mortal.

Between hand walking  Beaumont for his ongoing lameness issue and handwalking Gypsy for her tendon injury I’m getting a lot of walking in!  Gratefully, friends have been very kindly letting me ride their horses to keep me fit: I jokingly say that I’m “dating” other horses, but honestly, to Gypsy I am in my heart true: she is my ideal equine companion.

During our walk today.

…And the rest of the time I spend getting ready for the album launch on April 12th.  I got word that we were played on CBC last weekend between Nora Jones and Willie Nelson!  The French Canadian jazz station Planète Jazz called our record the “discovery of the week!”

If you live in the Greater Toronto Area you can hear us on April 11th at apx 2pm live on AM 740 performing live music with an interview.   But mostly I hope you’ll all consider picking up a copy in person on the 12th @ Hughs Room, or taking the record home from itunes or stores!

You can hear samples of the new disc here, and please LIKE us on facebook: