Hey. Thanks to everyone who wrote to us about our shows in Canada. It warms our hearts to know our music reaches you in a good way. All our shows – Niagara,Belleville, and Spencerville were special to us. We hope to come back again soon! Sorry we can’t respond to everyone personally.
We landed on the island of Sylt today in a heavy wind coming off the North Sea. The pilots did a great job getting us on the ground safely but then they’re probably used to it. It was so windy on the western shoreline that we almost got blown off the beach while walking in the afternoon rain. We’re playing a small acoustic show tomorrow night for a very interesting company called Arqueonautas who make unusual and beautiful clothes and do remarkable things. Check out their website. Then we head for Paris to play at one of our favorite places – La Cigal. We are so looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, friends, and newcomers on this trip to Europe.
We’re going to rehearse tonight in a little restaurant at the Dorfhotel where we are staying. All of us are a little jet-lagged so we’ll probably be up late. Tomorrow we hope to see more of this beautiful island which is slowly being eaten away by the sea.
We’ve had a great run here in Canada where our band feels so welcome and has been so well received. We love Canada and its wonderful people, beautiful towns and cities, and a landscape that will take your breath away. We’ve played from Halifax to Vancouver over the last few years. This last week we were in Sault St. Marie (which isn’t in Canada but is right on the border –feels like Canada), then at Fallsview in Niagara Falls where we go every year, then in Beautiful little Belleville for an outdoor concert in the middle of town and finally in Spencerville for the 156th annual Spencerville Fair. We’re playing many of the new songs from “From Where I Stand”, our new CD being released in Europe on Edel Records on September 16th. We’re also playing some favorites like “Superman 14”. “Hey Man What About You”, “Turn It On” and “Long Hot Night” among others. We’ll be bringing them all over to Europe starting the 15th at La Cigal in Paris.
You can’t go to war and come back home the same person who left. Those of us at home hope that the one who went to fight for us will return unchanged somehow. But the soldier is the one who will always hold the secrets of war.
What was seen and what was done marks that young man or young woman forever. The memories may haunt them but they should never doubt that they will always be heroes to us.
All guys want to find that girl – the girl of their dreams. But the truth is, everybody wants to find someone and everybody wants to be found. This is not just a song for youth. There’s no age limit to finding the right one.
Sometimes men and women allow the smallest things – the things which should matter the least – matter the most. As a result, they miss the opportunity to really love each other.
This song is about trying to break that pattern – seizing the moment, letting go of doubts, and following your heart. Nena is a great artist. She brings a subtle but passionate artistry to this song. She and John go way back—she recorded a song of his with her old band The Stripes in 1980. Life brings us full circle sometimes in surprising and exciting ways.
Everyone has had that one magical night, that one irreplaceable time, which has gone forever. Everything afterward is measured by that moment.
This song takes place in Ventura in 1969 – a time of great change in this country – a new generation headed north to San Francisco in search of a new identity. First love was hard to come by, but that all changed too, one night at the County Fair.
“Hurricane Rain” is the second song off our new album, “From Where I Stand.” Some people are so wrong and so right for us at the same time. They get under our skin and we don’t stand a chance, but it sure is fun…