Well, do you?
Do you believe that everything in life is describable, three-dimensional, physical and quantifiable? When you look outside and see the cars and clouds go by, do you simply think (here are cars & clouds)? Do you believe that things in life occur based on completely random patterns, like flies moving around a street light in completely anarchic fashion, a mundane surface type of reality? Or Are you one of those who believes that everything is following a precise pre-set pattern, that every single living and non living thing plays a precise role in some great cosmic game. Quantum physics describes seven types of realities that cover the whole spectrum, from what is called the Neorealist Copenhagen theory that say that there is no deep reality, all the way to the Walter Heitler theory that consciousness itself creates reality that we are all these “reality machines” creating it as we go along.
In other words, do you believe in destiny or do you believe you CREATE your own destiny?
Are you someone who looks out into the street with the sun shinning bright reflecting an azul sky with the heat playing tactile games on your skin and think, “this is completely magical, this is the most amazing phenomenon that I am experiencing. the very FACT that im experiencing this is due to inexplicable and amazing!”
So when a young John Sebastian asks if you believe in magic, which side of the sphere do you stand on?
I’m asking myself this question lately, because although I believe myself to be an extremely analytical person who believes strongly in taking charge of his/her own life, every once in a while, it seems like life itself decides to shake your hand with one of those electrical circus buzzard and really stir things up inside..
To think I was ever in the driver’s seat of my own life is pure folly. I realize now (as I always have but constantly keep forgetting) that the unexpected can sometimes be scary but can also be the best thing to happen to you. It is said the best quality a human can have in a world of changing fortunes is adaptability. I think there is a lot of truth to that. If it were up to me, I’d change it from survival of the fittest to survival of the nimblest!
2013 has become for me what I dub the year of the unexpected. so far it has really taken me for a boomerang of a spin. It all started with a girl, from England, whom I made my wife this summer. I never thought myself to be marriage material, but here I am! Of course we both love each other deeply so it seemed like a natural thing to do.
Once I was married on July 12th 2014, in what was likely the smallest and most intimate ceremony ever, which consisted of myself , my wife to be and our two witnesses, that followed by a stroll through old Montreal on a beautiful sunny day and culminating in a pitcher of Sangria and traffic leading us out to Quebec and then to the Gaspesie on our mini honey moon (mini camping moon) followed by two days at Quebec City where we got to catch the Cirque Du Soleil’s free show called “Le Hangar des oublies”. It was my first time watching cirque and I was thoroughly impressed. So as I said, now I feel a deep sense of belonging, a deep sense of a type of foundation, something unexpected happened. I felt not just like a dude with marriage papers, I felt like a husband, I am all of a sudden a 50% shareholder in this new family we had started. I felt a tremendous sense of love , a tremendous sense of belonging and of responsibility, but the kind you want to take on. It’s a kind of confidence of knowing you belong and knowing you have a place in this chaotic reality.
Musically over the past nine months, my project has sort of fallen by the wayside, mostly due to fatigue from over touring and from having diverted much of my energies to the One Man Band Festival. I’m excited to show you what is in the works for the JCEX 2.0 . It all starts with a show this coming weekend at the Duckstock camping festival in St-Agathe des Monts this Saturday afternoon alongside too many awesome bands to mention. The whole thing will result in a new album out this fall as well as a tour to follow it up. It will be a five song EP which Im almost done recording, and will have only me as the player (with some guest vocals from my wife), in stark contrast to the last album which had like 79 000 guest musicians on it.
The second coming of the One Man Band Festival came and went in Montreal this past May. The four-day fest was an amazing success. We saw an attendance of over 1000 and close to 60 artists from all over the world. Sure it rained every single second of it, but that was what made it even more magical. It was truly a testament to some of the most original and musical acts I’ve ever seen. I got to ship in many incredible and original artists . It was truly a fiesta of originality, It felt as if every one in the audience was watching live music for the first time. and the music, oh man the music!!! Some of the ones that stood out the most for me were shows by Wax Mannequin, Thomas Truax, Eric Royer, Lonesome Organist, Clara Venice and Shake it Like a Caveman, Bloodshot Bill, Steve Hill, Paul Cargnello and the list goes on and one and on. We got lots of press coverage too which really felt positive and were already brainstorming for next years fest whose dates are already set MAY 15TH TO MAY 18TH! . Mark your calendars now people, the kickoff is also on my birthday, so no excuse to miss the best fest of the year in Montreal. Were gonna have many more one man bands from all over the world. We’ll also have an outdoor show on closing day and all shows there will be FREE! …now thats a good word.
So on this good word, I would like you dear reader to hang, and think that there is a kind of beautiful confusion that drives us all. The trick is to try not to STEER to tightly, and let the winds blow you down and then pick you right up. Put aside your logical mind for even just a few hours and go out on the streets and believe! It might actually be the best thing you ever do.
In the meantime here are a few press highlights of the fest and of the Jon Cohen Experimental, most pics on here courtesy of Robert Donarchie and Valerie Vega although theres quite a mix going on here some I took as well.