It Is What You Make It

It has been almost three years since I moved from the outskirts of Wolfville, NS to the outskirts of Windsor, NS (I have a thing for outskirts).  I was apprehensive about this move, I’m not gonna lie.

Wolfville, to me, represented a vibrant artistic community, teeming with diversity and hippie entrepreneurial spirit.  Windsor, as I saw it from the outside, was a town that time forgot, a dull post-industrial place coasting on its history, with “old money” rotting away in banks or being spent elsewhere, while its young people struggled to make ends meet.

First impressions can be deceiving, and there are always diamonds to be found in the rough.  One great thing about being a musician is that those “diamonds” tend to gravitate towards you.  I’ve met so many great people in Windsor working tirelessly to make the town a better place.  We have a fabulous core of entrepreneurs and volunteers who contribute community organizations.  There are artists and musicians sharing their work.  There are people working to preserve the area’s rich history.  There’s a farmers’ market and some cool independent merchants.

But even though my pre-judging of Windsor was harsh, that is not to say that this “little town of big firsts” doesn’t need some life blown into it.  Having moved  from a place where there was always lots happening and all I had to do was participate, I’m now finding myself called to be a leader in some capacity in Windsor’s cultural arena.  But I still haven’t quite figured out exactly how…

Yet, your community is what you make it, so I’m looking forward to moving forward in my new home!

 

Joe Murphy and Garrett Mason

Joe Murphy and Garrett Mason dropped into the store today, prior to playing a show at the Mermaid Theatre tonight. They were looking for good coffee and I suggested T.A.N. Coffee.

They returned after a while and gave a favourable report on the café.  Then Joe said, “You’re Mike Aubé, right?”, and proceeded to make some very nice comments about “Living in the Key of G”.  (That song seems to be the theme of my week.)

And, although I try not to stress out too much about other peoples’ opinion, when someone of Joe’s reputation says they like your tune, well that’s pretty darn cool.  I’m not gonna lie, it made my day a fair bit brighter.

New Website Format

Trying out a new blog format for my site so that I can communicate more easily and often. Starting with the basics and I’ll be adding more as time goes on.

To start, here’s a photo from a few years ago, after a show with Pat Roach aka “Randy” from the Trailer Park Boys. See how I name-drop those celebs!

Playing some tunes for "Randy" of the Trailer Park Boys and some girls from Montreal.