What?! Another New Year?

As my daughter Amy says – Rabbits everyone. 

I guess I should explain for those not familiar with this ‘British’ tradition. I wasn’t aware of it until Amy enlightened me. There are a few variations but basically if you say Rabbit, or Rabbits on the first day of the month it brings you luck and if you say it to someone else it brings them luck for the month. For more info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_rabbit

Well, it’s hard to believe another Christmas and New Year’s are just around the corner. Man, Time Flies – except, it seems, when you’d like it too – i.e. when you’re in the dentist chair. 

Speaking of the holiday season, my trio will be playing the Washington Avenue Grill again this year for New Year’s Eve. It’s always been a fun time, without the nonsense that often plagues such an event. I remember some of the gigs I use to do on New Year’s where it just seemed to be an exercise in excessive drinking, but for the last four years at the WAG, the audience has been wonderful and we have all had a great time without any of the goon squad behaviour. So, come on out and join us if you can. Tickets usually go pretty fast, so call soon. (604) 541-4244

I am also playing solo at the WestBeach Bar & Grill this Saturday, Dec 3, 7:30 – 11:30 (Corner of Marine Drive & Elm Street – 1101 Elm Street, White Rock, BC Tel: (604) 541-7655). It’s a cozy, little room with awesome owners and staff and some tasty food and drinks. This time of the year it can be a struggle for venues on the beach so if you can come by for even a bit that would be cool. Like many places, they are cutting back on entertainment and good turnouts will help to keep live entertainment ‘on the menu’. 

For the record, I just want to say how much I appreciate all the venues that hire us career musicians. It really is wonderful how much support we get right here in our community and I do understand the conundrum of hiring musicians during lean times. It seems we are all in the same boat working hard to keep it afloat to get to the other side – hey that rhymed  :-)

Be Well & Happy Holidays to you all and hopefully we’ll see you out on the town somewhere along the trail. – Neil


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