Letter to Record Collector

This should be a letter to Record Collector magazine, but I feared the spill of jumbled thoughts might turn into a very long screed. Record Collector is an English monthly. I think it spun off from a small magazine called Beatle News and became a separate entity not...

LP Review: Roland Nipp

One of the tricks of winning more technique is not losing your soul. It happens. When a musician first learns, there is something pure about what they produce. It is them, doing the best they can with what skill they have. There is personality. As they learn more the...

Retirement

I didn’t plan to retire, but it looks like I did. I thought I’d be a lifer, would work at The Province until the newspaper or me drew its last breath. What happened instead was more instinctual. It’s not like I hadn’t thought about retiring. I...

The Railway Before And After

The Railway Club reopened as The Railway Stage And Beer Cafe April 5, 2017 and life seemed to return to normal. Closed for nine months, the Railway became a symbol of just how tough it is to operate a night club in Vancouver. Weak economy, changing market, tough...

the completist

I am a completist. It’s an offshoot of being a record collector. and not life threatening, but being a completist is like being ill. A completist has to own everything by a recording act or a label. That makes the completist vulnerable because of the weakness...