Searchlight Stirs Up Yukon Kindergarden Connection

So….crazy awesome things are afoot with CBC Searchlight.  One day after signing up for it, my information was shared up in the Yukon, and I received a note from Dave White (CBC Yukon Broadcaster) through Facebook that my song was being played up there!  He did an interview with me on Tuesday, and that can be heard below:

Now here’s where the crazy comes in………within a few hours of this interview going live, I received 5 emails from people that were either taught by my father in Mayo, Yukon as far back as 1974, taught with him, or were a part of his weekly guitar group that he and my Mom used to run out of their place.

All of them sent me their own special memories of my Dad, which is so awesome!

Enter next level craziness…….

One of these notes came from a man in Nanaimo named James, who emailed saying my Dad taught him in Kindergarden ’74, and he had memories of listening to my Dad playing songs to their class.  We emailed back and forth a bit, and the short of it is he drove up to Port Alberni for the show at Char’s Landing last night, and he came with a few friends.  One of them, Charlie, had also gone to the same school, never had my Dad, but knew of him and his playing/singing reputation.

I find it really flipping cool that with the people who have contacted me in the last two years with regards to my Dad’s Yukon history, it seems as if we’ve know each other forever.  It’s like reconnecting with an old friend you haven’t seen in years, but with people you’ve never met!

All of these links have come through CBC broadcasting, and it continues to amaze me how deep it connects to people.  Thanks so much CBC!!  What a fantastic adventure this has been, and I’m sure, will continue to be!

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