So, here I am testing out a few beverages from the local Quebec brewers...Let's see...here's an interesting six pack of samples...two bottles of each. from Les Brasseurs RJ Inc. Their names caught my eye!
'Lochness', a strong Scotch Ale beer with a decidedly non-french name at 6%
'Cannon', a stronger beer at 7.6% and lastly and interestingly named strong triple hops brew at a whopping 8% 'Death Valley' !This is a beer to drink in moderation for sure! the label sports a vulture on a dead tree...how inviting.
Actually they are not so bad...more mouth assault than a Blue Star, but palatable...if not
moreish. Methinks it's time to finish off the last remaining 'Valley' and take my leave for the evening. All's well!
So, I've been here long enough now to experience some of the famous Quebec City region's winter...it's fekking cold. Labrador cold...almost, but with a touch of wet air...and mood shifts into the realms of freezing rain followed by arctic blasts! I have not had much opportunity to see the area yet as I've been working from dark to dark again. There is a little daylight now before I leave the shipyard and I know that the days will gradually gain a bit of light. I'm looking forward to seeing the area.
So far the people have been great. My french that I lost after the Pool Hall days of my youth is gradually rearing its head. I've been noticing signs and such, wondering why I know what it means! Also, I've managed to order beer and buy some basic groceries without too much embarrassment. Most everyone seems willing to help out someone attempting to learn the lingo.
Here's a pic of my room at the Kennedy Hotel...it has a celebrity theme! Mine's the 'Whitney' room!
When the job market gave up the ghost once more...I hit the road, accepting a gig in la Belle Province. Quebec City or to be entirely accurate, Levis, working at Chantier Davie Canada, otherwise known in anglo circles as Davie Shipyard. I'm on a pretty good rotation so I will get to go home and see my family and loved ones on a regular basis so it could be much worse. The work looks like it will be...interesting. C'est la vie!
I'm hoping to settle in for a bit and do some recordings of some new songs I'm working on, just as soon as I thaw out. We are presently under an 'Extreme Cold' warning with temperatures around -30C with a -50 Wind Chill so that's curtailing any desire I have for outdoor exploration at the moment. Plenty of time for that when the spring thaw rolls around. I'll try to post a pic or two soon.
Ahhhhhhhhhhh...that's better! Garcon...bring me a Mojito SVP!
That's right! Proof positive that my CD is at Fred's Records on Duckworth Street in St. John's (and in good company I might add)! 'Migration Songs' is also available at AP Music in Clarenville, and from myself at anytime of course. Early responses to the album are very positive. Here's one review (and no, it's not from my Mom)!
"...I am impressed with the variety of songs, variety of tunes, and the lyrics. The songs are very catchy and witty . Your voice reminds me sometimes of Neil Young and other times Steve Earle and other times like no one else, I am really impressed with the quitars and mixture of instruments. Ones that stand out for me are "the Wind" " Old Irish Wake" Red Cliff" and " Leaving the lovely young ladies"