don't know about where you are - maybe the news there is all penny-ante
stuff like Clinton's impeachment- but there's big news around
looks like, after a 20-year campaign and over 900 arrests, the
fight for Clayoquot Sound is at an end. Multinational logging
company MacMillan Bloedel will soon sign a deal with the Clayoquot
native bands, with environmental groups and with the displaced
loggers. The agreement will end clearcut logging, leave the watershed's
pristine valleys untouched and assure preservation of the Clayoquot
forest. At least for the foreseeable future. Let's face it, people
have fought over Clayoquot Sound for thousands of years, and undoubtedly
will again. But for now, I believe this is one of the world's
great environmental victories.
have been a part the fight for Clayoquot since 1980, one way or
another, and have written two songs about it, Fire on the Island
and Sulphur Passage (No pasaran). Mine is not one of the
larger contributions - although I recently discovered that I have
cause to re-think that. Adriane Carr, who is one of the people
most responsible for bringing all the fractious interests to consensus,
told me that, in her darkest, most frustrated hour, she watched
the video of Sulphur Passage with her kids. It brought tears to
her eyes and re-insipred her. So my efforts saved Clayoquot after
all. As did those of so many others. Many a mickle macks a muckle.
For more about Clayoquot and Sulphur Passage, see "How to Save the world with a song."
other piece of big news around our house is that we are expecting
our second child in June. Yes, it's true. As the Yiddish saying
goes, "Menschen tracht, Gott lacht" - men plan, God
are happy about it - and a few other feelings too. The baby is
due on Mary Jo's 45th birthday; when he (word is, it's a boy)
reaches majority, I will be 72. But as Yogi Berra advised, "When
you come to a fork in the road, take it." We have.
I am arranging what shows I can before once again hunkering in
for child-rearing duties at home. I plan to head down the US west
coast in late February, early March; to hit Ontario in April;
central BC and Alberta, in May; southwestern BC, whenever. If
you are interested in a house concert, club-date, fund-raiser
or other event, or if there is someone in your area you think
I should contact, please let me know asap.
more information on house concerts - a delightfully simple and
successful way to set up a performance - see "How to put on the perfect house concert by Martha Stewart
continues to mount for a CD of the best of Stringband. My
friend, Jim Spinelli has a great idea for involving old Stringband
fans (all Stringband fans are old Stringband fans), including
in the selection of the songs. Let me know if you are interested.
I am slowly moving towards recording Nanaimo and other
new songs. I haven't yet figured out how or when.
get in touch so I can get you on my e-mailing list. More and
more, it seems like the most effective way to let people know
where I am playing and other news.