Last year aboard VIA Rail I met a man named Edward, almost 90 years old, heading east to Halifax on the train. I asked him what he was planning to do on his trip, and he replied he was headed to the Maritime Museum in Halifax to see the Titanic exhibit.
I asked Edward where it was, and he said he didn’t know. He also said he was travelling out just to go to the Museum for an afternoon, and then was turning back on the train. In my head, I’m thinking, “Man, what if the Museum was closed?!?! That’s a six trip out, and 6 day trip back!!” Hopefully that wasn’t his case.
Anyways, I asked him what the greatest lesson he had learned in his life was. He replied very promptly…”If you’re gonna do something, do it NOW!”
I sat on that idea for a year until hoping aboard the train again. I got to thinking about Edward, and a tune in his honour showed up at my doorstep. Here’s a clip from the Festival of Small Halls Storyteller’s Circle where I played it for the kind people of Linkletter.
Thanks Edward! You bring joy to many folk :). Hope the Museum was awesome!
What a fantastic start to the tour. The woman in the above photo with me is Elizabeth Taylor. The first time I ever took the train was in the summer of 2013 with Nova Scotia’s Jen Miller when we were the duo – When Coasts Collide. During one of our on board performances, this woman came into the room with a violin, sat down, and ROCKED those strings like crazy with us! We had such a great jam…
We hadn’t seen or heard from each other since…until Friday night when I got on the train headed east. I was tuning my guitar, looked around, and saw Elizabeth with violin in hand! She opened up her case, and we played together for the passengers awaiting their journey. So awesome!!
Then….on the train, I bumped into a few other people I had met in previous years! Super cool!! It’s really neat to re-connect with people this way.
Just made it into Toronto, and am heading out to New Brunswick tomorrow! East Coast….I be coming for ya, and then the legendary Festival of Small Halls in PEI!!!
Here’s where I’ll be over the next 6 weeks:
June 10-16th – Via Rail Train between Vancouver, BC and Moncton, NB
June 18th – Private House Concert, outside Moncton, NB
June 19th, 20th, 21st – Festival of Small Halls, PEI
June 24th-29th – Marine Atlantic Ferry between North Sydney, NS, and Argentia, NFLD
July 2nd – Private House Concert, Nova Scotia
July 4th – Music Mondays, Alma, NS
July 6th-13th – Marine Atlantic Ferry between North Sydney, NS, and Argentia, NFLD
July 16th-17th – Montreal, QB
July 18th-20th – Ottawa, Oakville, Toronto
July 21st – 25th – Via Rail Train between Toronto-Vancouver
Looking forward to catching up with old friends, and making new ones!!