I hear banjos! Paddle faster!
Well, I threw a couple of wobbly pops in my back pack and headed out to see Fred Eaglesmith’s Travellin’ Steam Ship Show. There is a mixed bag of folk turn out to see Fred from Harley Dudes, to farmers, to truck drivers, potters, musicians to well let me see workin’ folks mostly. He plays tribute in his songs to people that work, migrant workers, truck drivers, train engineers etc, etc. I think that is why he so well loved by working people. He grew up poor on a farm here in Southern Ontario and has never forgotten those roots. Good on you, Fred!
Except for the guy on the electric guitar (who is awesome)his band is an all girl band complete with the 50’s poofey dresses and the beehive hair doo. It is performance art! Yes those that put on a good show know that it is a performance. People are not there to see a car rust. I learned this lesson when for a short term I was Acting Head at Sheridan College. I had some presenters whose work I loved come to do workshops. It was a snooze fest! People were falling asleep and leaving in droves. Remember folks it is performance art!
My next workshop I want some backup singers with big hair, short skirts, high heels and big red lipstick. When I make my final pot I would like a standing O and I will come back on to make a handle. Get out of the arms of the yellow chair Tony and go to bed. It was a dream and tomorrow you have work to do. I had a great night meeting some Fred Heads and enjoying a beautiful southern Ontario night. Life is good!