Simon & Garfunkel…
Twas the winter of our discontent….wait a minute.. WAS?? It seems like when I open my front door to step outside (most likely to buy food or some necessity, otherwise I’d probably stay in) I still get that blast of cold air, that chill that just seizes my entire body up like an invisible straight jacket, numbing my brain and reminding me of why I am insane to be living in a climate like this. Where is this “Spring” you speak so highly of?
But April come she will.. And like ol’ Paul Simon says in his lovely ballad, “when streams are ripe and swelled with rain”. It’s somewhat of a message about hope and rejuvenation. Never mind the fact spring has officially welcomed us over 10 days ago; we are still prisoners of a guest that has long outstayed their welcome. Is this some April fools joke that mother Montreal has played on us? Maybe… but I remain hopeful and full of spring in my step (got rid of my boots today).
Why you don’t ask?? Because although the seasons are taking their merry time to make a move, I am taking matters into my own heads, grabbing the bull by the horns (I am a Taurus after all, though I was recently told by my keyboardist that everyone goes back one astrological sign cause there’s a new sign in town???) As I was saying, I have my sails set high and many, yes many plans for what’s to come this spring and summer and I dare say some of it may be of interest and reason for YOU dear reader, dear Canadian and / or international fan, friend or family member!
But before I speak of the future, best to speak of the past, up to this point. Although I have put the One Man Band Festival on hold this year, it was not to just sit around, eat corn chips and watch episodes of Peep Show (which I also did…intensely). It was to focus on music again. In the last 4 months, I have been busy releasing an EP, making a music video, writing new material, playing shows, jamming with other bands (Check out Couteau Papillon, an very cool band) and reawakening the Jon Cohen Experimental, Experience, Experiment, Zen Orchestra, call it what you want, my lovechild even, whatever it is, it is back, like a hungry bear that has been hibernating for the last winter and can’t wait to start eating human flesh (wait a minute) and berries.
Somewhere in the interim, my wife Lisa and I went back to our let secret little corner of the world of Mexico, an unbeknownst Lost type paradise world, where the gulf meets the Caribbean, where the nature abounds and the sunset never ceases to hypnotize me and make me cry inside. On Isla Holbox, what the water lacks in color it makes up in pure natural beauty. We spent almost 3 weeks conversing with Iguanas, imitating the pelicans, chasing the birds, being chased by raccoons, learning patience like the heron, and finally playing about 10 million games of backgammon (new board got broken in really fast) which we are totally addicted to now. Oh yeah I was also writing tons of music with this new travel guitar I picked up for 80$ on kijiji, check out the pics below! Playing music in front of a beach at 30+ degrees is a pleasure that I feel totally grateful and lucky for. Coming back to the sheet of whiteness that was Montreal, hitting me like a ton of bricks is one I am not.
Between working on music and chugging away at my translation business, I took the time to re-center, and get in touch with my subconscious, to really look at my last years and to take stock of the lessons learned and the people who have taught them to me. I did yet another meditation retreat (this one only 3 days in Montebello Quebec) but it reaffirmed my love for this art of looking within, for deep concentration and this feeling of tapping into something greater than ourselves, of letting go of ego, even if just for a little while. In just 3 days, I gained a renewed appreciation for giving, for sharing and for helping others, trying to be less selfish, and more useful to those around me. It sounds corny and fuck, well it is, but that’s what three days of silence and vegan food will do to you!
As you may or may not know, I now have a band of merry pranksters (Dan, Jamie, Phil and Myself). I am excited about this one because it also means we will be touring again! Heading out on tour in May for the Passion Pilgrim EP and new songs and a kick ass band if I may say so myself. We have been lucky enough to be invited to play CMW festival in Toronto this May, among other festivals to come over the summer I hope. The new EP has been charting countrywide and hitting some pretty nice top spots in some cities, which is quite cool and makes me feel like giving back by planning more tours. For those of you, who will be in any of these places, please come check us out, or spread the word!
Thursday May 7th, Ottawa, ON @The Rainbow Room, 10pm
Friday May 8th, Kingston @ Café Musikki, 10pm
Saturday May 9, Hamilton @ This Ain’t Hollywood matinée show (tbd)
Saturday May 9 CMW Festival @ The Magpie Taproom), 9pm
Sunday May 10, Montreal @ L’esco
We are going to do our bestest to show you a grand ol’ opry of a time, and to make these shows a celebration, a celebration of rejuvenation, of what may come over this spring and summer. A season full of hope, full of bloom. I can say with confidence for all of us that we earned it, every single one of us who suffered this brutal sub zero winter will be vindicated with one of the best most kickass summers we have ever had!!!
Is this a prediction? Is this April fools? No, it’s simply a fact! See you all in Bermuda shorts at the shows! Don’t miss our tour, come see us and say hello.
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Cohen & Co.