I am pretty stoked to be involved in Kelowna’s first Levite summit coming up soon Feb 15 -16th. It’s essentially a gathering of musicians, dancers and visual artists who are interested in ways of exploring their Art both in the faith context (church) and also in the wider community. I have had a heart for this kind of thing for as long as I can remember. I was originally inspired by the ideas that the author, Francis Schaeffer shared when he said that it is artists who translate lofty theological and philosophical concepts to the general public. I really believe that the Arts are a powerful way to share ideas with others. I am especially looking forward to playing music with some great musicians and learning some new stuff from some really talented communicators. The details of the summit can be seen by clicking here: Levite Summit
I had the thrill of travelling down to the beatuiful Mount Baker In washington Sate in the US this past weekend. The trip was made extra special because I was able to travel with my oldest son on the weekend of his 20th birthday. When we lived in Vancouver we would often see Mount Baker towing in the distance so to take the 54 mile trek up it’s snowy slopes was quite the treat. I must say though that it was a bit scary on the roads but after hearing that they can get 28 feet of snow up there in the deep winter I felt a lot better that we had gone at the beginning of the season. I had a great time with some friends from North Langley Community Church which was so cool for us. To be in the mountains is so very inspiring and I felt replenished by the whole experience.
It has been a special time in our home this past few weeks with my Dad and his wife visiting from the UK for 3 weeks. One of the many hi-lites has been putting together a video for one of my Dad’s songs “I’ve got my work cut out”.
We involved some of our younger kids in making the video which was recorded at Bo.ttega Farm Inn here in Kelowna BC. Now the editing begins and we hope to have a finished thing out in the next few weeks. Nothing better than doing things with your family…that’s all I can say!
It has been such a blast to get out in the local parks this summer and play music with the blues revue. I always love to see people dancing in the street, it is such a joyful thing to be part of. I have had the honour of performing this summer with some of my buddies around Kelowna and even up to Kitimat in Northern BC where I did a festival and a park concert in Terrace as part of the riverboat days festival. Our last street performance will be this weekend in West kelowna at Memorial Park 3737 Old Okanagan Hwy, from 7 – 9 pm. (located behind the Johnson Bentley Pool)
I have posted a video of our performance at Stuart park captured by our friends at Parks Alive. We were joined by two Kelowna musical favourites Sherman Doucette on Harp and Curtis Tulman on Sax. So much fun!! On Saturday I will be travelling to Calgary to perform so it’s a busy weekend ahead. Thanks for stopping by the site.
Click here to view the video clip: Ord Strauss Blues Revue (featuring Curtis Tulman and Sherman Doucette)