Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remeberence Day, Remembering Our Heroes

It is Rememberence Day here in Canada.  It is a day in which we honour our veterans past and present who have given their life to serve Canada so we may have the freedom we have today.  In the United States, they call it Veterans Dau, but that is celebrated in May.

With that being said, I was aware of Rememberance Day when I was growing up.  I knew what the poppy was for and that "In Flanders Field" was associated with Rememberance Day.  I would also take a moment on silence, or I never went to any Rememberance Day services or any of that kind of thing.  That was the extent of it.  More now in the last few years, I've started to recognize the serve our armed forces have made is soemthing that is invaluable.  There is a difference between recognizing and supporting our troops.  I'm not a bumper sticker or online supporter that doesn't actually do anything to support the troops.  I made a couple of posts on this topic which you can see here and here 

I might get heat for this, but you don't have to just remember the sacrifices our soliders made for us on Rememberance Day.  The following is not Canadian, but shows you don't have to just thank or remember someone on Rememberance Day or Veterans Day.

This 95-year-old WWI veteran, Joe Bell, was just watching the race from his front yard when people started making their way to him shaking his hand and thanking him because he served.  It shows you that you that even though there is a specific day for honouring our veterans, you can do it anytime.

That doesn't mean I won't take this time to thank our troops and soldiers past and present for their service.  My Grandpa Sheldon was even in the Navy although he didn't leave land.  V41625 was his number.  If I had a copy of the picture of him in his uniform, I would put in this post.  But alas, I don't.

It's not only the people that served that we should thank.  Someone on Facebook shared a picture that also makes you think.

We should also remember the animals that served in war.  You might "think who cares?"  They were at various times in wars important.  We need not forget their contributions.  When we think of honouring our veterans, we think of the humans.  But there are animal veterans as well.  I thank all veterans, human and animal that gave their life so we can enjoy the freedoms we enjoy today.

Lest we forget.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Album Update #1: Deep in the Process

So, I'm deep in the process of recording my album.  I didn't think I'd ever record an album.  But I've taken the plunge and I'm doing it.  I have three songs officially done and one done from my end.  "Missed My Bus," "Fifty Fans," and "Absence" are the ones that require only guitar and voice.  "On My Way to Manitoba" requires some extra elements like a harmonica, banjo, and an extra guitar part.  Otherwise it is close to being finished and ready for production and engineering.

"Absence" was the song giving me most trouble.  I know it, but I find that recording guitar and vocal separate is something I'm not used to.  I'm used to playing and singing at the same time.  Sure some songs are easier to record separate tracks like "Missed My Bus."  But I've got to master recording separate tracks.  In total, I have 13 songs to record.  This is a process and it will be rewarding to see the end product.

When the album is out, you will be able to get a physical copy, purchase it on iTunes, and purchase on BandCamp.com.  Well, those are the places that I will be putting it on at this point.  But keep checking back to see if there will be any other online outlets that will be selling the album.  For now those are the three ways to get it.  Other things relating to the album will be coming in due time.

There you have it.  The first album update.  Many more will be coming.

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