Organically Honing the Art of Jazz

In Conversation With Michael Gauthier, Part I by Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 26 2014-06-27 “One of the things I like about Jazz, kid, is I don’t know what’s going to happen next. Do you?” – Bix Beiderbecke “Ahhh, those Jazz guys are just makin’ that stuff up!” – Homer Simpson Michael Gauthier is a Montreal-based musician who teaches jazz guitar at the University of Montreal and at McGill University. A fixture of the Montreal jazz scene, his memory houses a vast and irreplaceable knowledge of the history of jazz in Montreal since the sixties. Recently he … Continue reading Organically Honing the Art of Jazz

Whose Ever Blood You Had Didn’t Keep You Clean

Below is Conrad Praetzel’s transcription of a radio broadcast he’d recorded on a cassette tape in California more than 30 years ago and then lost. When he accidentally found the cassette at the bottom of a bag of odds and ends he knew he had to put it on the new Clothesline Revival album. It’s now the fifth track— “Not Have No Spot” on The Greatest Show on Mars.                                                                                                                 ~Wanda Waterman You know that you know you know if you find a whole lot of 1981’s back on the second hand car lot, you know that car didn’t make it.  … Continue reading Whose Ever Blood You Had Didn’t Keep You Clean

Sharp Instincts, A Good Team, and Great Stories: How to Pick a Winning Independent Film

In Conversation: With Luc Déry of micro_scope by Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 25 2014-06-20 Luc Déry meets me at Café La Rue et Fils in Montreal on a crisply cold and brilliantly sunny May morning. The café is crowded with professionals tanking up for the morning fray, so he suggests we conduct the interview at one of the tables outside. He’s a serene soul with kindly blue eyes and a reserved politesse, and is apparently quite well known here—our discussion is often punctuated by greetings as people come and go. It hasn’t been easy to get … Continue reading Sharp Instincts, A Good Team, and Great Stories: How to Pick a Winning Independent Film

Weird America at its Beautiful Barnum-and-Bailey Best

The Mindful Bard: The Greatest Show on Mars by Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 25 2014-06-20 Album: The Greatest Show on Mars Artist: Clothesline Revival “Never known to have performed before any live audiences on Earth, Clothesline Revival received an exclusive invitation to join an interplanetary circus on a mission to become the first musicians from Earth to entertain Martian colonists.” – from Clothesline Revival’s official website Imagine you’re one of the new Martian colonists. A childhood dream of adventure, or perhaps a longing to escape the madness of earth, has compelled you to set up homesteading … Continue reading Weird America at its Beautiful Barnum-and-Bailey Best

The Full Spectrum of Life in This Moment

In Conversation With Don Rosenthal, Part III by Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 24 2014-06-13 “The primary cause of unhappiness is not the situation, but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral, which always is as it is.” – Eckhart Tolle “We move through the day with our mind almost continually occupied … While we are thus preoccupied with our thoughts, we are living like a person in a dream: walking through life in an unconscious and mechanical state. Within this dream, we … Continue reading The Full Spectrum of Life in This Moment