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I left Texas and made tracks for New Mexico and landed there in the high desert for about a week. Things happened. It was magical there.
Then we set off for British Columbia, and traveled through Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington state before meeting one of Jean Claud Van Damme’s relatives at the Canadian border. He was fun, and preached doom and gloom for the prospects of entering the nation of Canada. We smiled, said a lot of “Yes sir” and “No sir” and he went off to discover that we knew what we were talking about, and he did not. So we were admitted with a grumble, and a frown, but off we drove into the beautiful after dark lights of Vancouver.
In Vancouver I assembled my live rig and performed for an inspirational community of people who have refused to be proved out of the city, and created the most wonderful community. An inspiration of all urban artists and alternative families who want to remain in the heart of their regions, but do not wish to succumb to inflation, displacement, and the waves of greed eating away at urban culture and life these days all over the world. They told me the ideas for their work came from San Francisco, and I laughed. I wish we were doing that back home instead of writing about doing it and inspiring others. It would be amazing to see groups of people rally against the pricks of
economy and build beautiful and idealistic refuge like this one in Vancouver, where children are safe and loved, and people are at ease and connected. Love.
The visit wouldn’t have been complete without a stop at Intellijel Designs Inc. They were sweet enough to let me visit and get a first hand look at the new Jelly Squasher, Rainmaker, and other ideas which are coming soon. Danjiel himself showed me through the new modules, and I was not just impressed with the people who work there as well as Dan himself, but I was literally moved to tears by how beautiful they sound. And lucky me got my hands on the very first 7U Intellijel case. Such a blessing. Such good people.
Then we took the black ball ferry from Vancouver to Vancouver Island where I met Victoria. Natty hosted us in the center of town, showed us around, treated us to magnificent food, and I was charmed and felt curiously home sick. The people were lovely, Lucky Bar was divine, the gig was… well it was awesome.
And then the next day I set up everything at PK Sound and offered up a seminar. Many serious and interesting people gathered and I felt we’d made a solid connection. I love the idea of bringing people who make electronic music, and are hoping to make electronic music together with people who love electronic music and let them take the conversation from there.
This is the third document of the ground tour (fourth if you count the art installation) from Martha Traer for MT Films.
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I hope you feel the adventure, and the love as we experienced it.
Love and praise and thank you.
Thanks to: Martha Traer, Solomon Potashnick, PK Sound, Lorne Hammond, Lucky Bar, Victoria, Taryn Penrice, and everyone who came out to dance, and dance, and dance.