September 2016 - Unsung and On The Side

September 22: I have a confession to make. Last week I thought I was a total loser. I had an audition for a major French theatre production. I prepared myself heartily for it because as you may know, French is not my mother tongue. I speak it, I write it but I am not fluent in the language. The audition requirements were to present a 1 minute monologue (which feels like an eternity in another language) and an excerpt of a song, about 1 minute and 30 seconds.  In the preparation process, I thought I could ace the singing part of the audition because...well, you know, so I concentrated on the monologue part which was nerve racking. Fast forward to the end of audition. I felt like CRAP! Total CRAPOLA! I served myself a huge slice of humble pie. My singing was not up to par, my monologue was passable. I chose the wrong song to audition, they asked me to sing another tune. I went home feeling the weight of my assumptions about my singing.  I wanted, not to hide under a rock but, to disappear. Lesson learned. Never assume. Never take for granted. Always remember where you came from and WORK IT! It took me a couple of days to lick my wounds and let go. I even forgot about it until I came home today. I got a call back!  Thank you, Universe for cleaning up my mess. I've learned my lesson. Thank you for this second chance.

September 20:  Episode 2 of Unsung and On The Side has come to pass, the website has been updated with a new tab for (click here) >> RADIO and Episode 1 has been uploaded along with the playlist.  On another note, we had a great gig at the >> House of Jazz (Montreal) last Saturday. Folks were hootin' and howlin' we even did an encore which closed the house down a little bit later. It was so much fun and as a cherry on a sundae >> Dawn Tyler-Watson stopped by. We exchanged CDs, and a few good words of support. It's always good to have those few quiet moments, they are very rare.

September 19:  A place that is close to my heart is in dire need of repair and could close. They need your help. Chez Doris is a women's day shelter in the heart of downtown Montreal (Website >> About Chez Doris).  It has been giving women a place of respite for over 40 years. This is crucial as if they do not raise the amount they need, they might have to close (see video >> Chez Doris on Global News). The event takes place on September 25th from 2pm to 5pm at the Crowley Arts Center (Event details >> Fundraiser). For the over a year I have been donating my hair-styling services to the ladies at Chez Doris. I do not have words to let you know how grateful they are with a simple thing such as a hair cut and styling. If there is one thing you can do to pay it forward this year, let it be for Chez Doris. There would be a lot of women (some of whom you know) who wouldn't be here if it weren't for them. Please donate even if you cannot come to the fundraiser.

September 14:  And so the ship has sailed.  Unsung and On the Side has been launched and so far so good. Compliments on the playlist and listenership was pretty strong according to the station manager. I think I'm going to like my new job!  I just have to find the time to make the modifications on this website to include the radio show and its playlists.

It's been quite the exciting night. Here's something that happened behind the scenes. As the show reached the final 15 or 20 minutes - say about 8:35, I got a call from the House of Jazz's Manager.  His voice was fraught with urgency. The artist that was scheduled to perform did not show up and could I p-l-e-a-s-e perform tonight!! I didn't have the chance to tell him that I was at the tail end of the radio broadcast as he was in a panic of sorts. So I told him that I would call my stage hubbies to see who would be available. In the meantime, I put my face on and dressed up the Diva.

We made it! One of my stage hubbies, Jean-Francois had just finished his day and hesitatingly accepted - he hadn't eaten all day! The House of Jazz provided. I rushed to the venue and as soon as I walked in I felt the stress release from the staff. I got my drink request, stepped up on stage to set up and Jean-Francois followed shortly. It was already 9:15pm (shows on Tuesday night start at 7:30pm), the audience has been waiting. I started the show with a few jokes to ease the tension and when I felt the audience sit back and laugh, I knew I had them. Jean-Francois needed a couple more minutes to set up so I did 2 songs - a capella. BOOM! Jean-Francois was set up in time to finish off the last verse with me. What a Pro!

The show went on, staff were relieved, the audience laughed and swayed with us and we earned our daily bread.  Did I ever tell you that I love my job?

September 9:  Radio for radio! My show, Unsung and On The Side, has just been picked up by a UK based online station! I've joined >> Rock Radio UK's BLUES crew! It looks like I'll be available for your Blues & Jazz listening pleasure six times a week!
Click here for >> BLUES @ Rock Radio UK or Tune In (UK)
Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 7:00 (UK Time) = Noon to 2:00pm (US EST)
Rebroadcasts on -
Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 (UK Time) = 4:00pm to 6:00pm (US EST)
Monday mornings from 5:00 to 7:00 (UK Time) = Midnight to 2:00am (US EST)
Artists, please keep sending me your original material. I love listening to your offerings and look forward to spinning them on the shows.

September 7:  It was indeed a great Summer. But here we are back to work with gigs and the long awaited debut of my online radio show, Unsung and On The Side, happening on Tuesday September 13 at 7pm EST. It’s all about the Blues, Jazz and its derivatives from around the globe and just around the corner. Songs rarely heard from the very first recordings all the way to indie artists who consciously push the envelope to the next generation sounds of the genre; some older releases will be spun - just because the album in old, doesn't mean it's gotta be "Unsung and On The Side".
Click here for >> or Tune In (Mtl)
Tuesday nights from 7:00 to 9:00(US EST)
Rebroadcasts on -
Saturday mornings from 10:00am to noon (US EST)
Sunday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00pm (US EST)
I want to thank my angel sponsors for their continued support of all my endeavours throughout the years, whether it be in theatre, music and now - radio. A tip of the hat to the artists from all over the world who submitted their original material. Without you this would have never happened. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!