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Spring Music and Nanaimo Chronicles New Podcast, Inside

On this week’s episode of The Sweet and Sour Variety Hour, 50 minutes of a wild ride through a few different kinds of music, followed by an installment of Tod Maffin’s Nanaimo Chronicles Podcast – Inside.

Here is the file, airing to over a million humans in the Coast Salish area around the 101.7FM transmitter on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 beginning at 8am PST

The Music

  • Los Lobos – Kiko and the Lavender Moon
  • Luiz Bonfa – Pernambuco
  • Alex Izenberg – To Move On
  • Nancy Wilson – How Glad I Am
  • Linda McCartney – Seaside Woman
  • Johnnie Frierson – Have You Been Good To Yourself?
  • Pierre Cavalli – Un Soir Chez Norris
  • Wings – Spin It On
  • Ween – Learnin’ to Love
  • Blackrock – Yeah Yeah
  • Max Webster – Toronto Tonto’s
  • Gorillaz – Last Living Souls
  • They Might Be Giants – Seven Days of the Week (I Never Go To Work)
  • Talking Heads – Born Under Punches
  • The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
  • Beck – Gamma Ray
  • Nanaimo Chronicles, Inside – Wren

Hundred Mile Diet

Kicking off the new Gregorian year with some thick CanCon tracks.

Here is the file, airing on New Years Day, 8AM on CHLY 101.7FM

Carmanah – I did it all for you
Carmanah – Roots
Blue Moon Marquee – Shading Tree
Carolyn Mark – Flaming Star
Carolyn Mark – Not Like the Movies
Painted Fruits – Gender
Painted Fruits – Mechanical Rhythm
Great Speckled Fritillary – Polar Star
Wolf Parade – Fine Young Cannibals
Wolf Parade – Solders Grin
Wolf Parade – Lousy Pictures
Aaron James and the Black Water – Fear II
Harp’Axe – She’s Got
Harp’Axe – Get Out

Dubmatix – Wicked Part of Town

Wedding Post

June 22nd 2019 and the week leading up to, were absolutely magical. Somehow we managed to host roughly 300 people on our 5 acres in Cedar. Here are the pictures I have collected from various contributors to show you how the day went. By organizing it this way (on my own site), I am creating an online keepsake. I have added commentary and captions below the photos.

Let me just say, that a lot of people came together and helped make everything go off without a hitch. My sincere thanks are for those people and to all the people who came to share in the festivities on that day.

Here is a link to the YouTube video of the ceremony

Our friend, Timofey commissioned the backdrop for our altar. It is a hand-embroidered tapestry from a couple of Shipibo artisans. The threads depict many different significant plants. Tima actually arrived a week prior to the festivities. He was an enormous help. Thanks, Tima!
Ian George came through with some amazing light displays. He arrived the night before and set everything up while we were all at dinner. Too bad I didn’t get any pictures of that, but there were roughly 80 people who went to the Legion in Ladysmith for a Meet-and-Greet dinner that Pat’s Dad, Randy hosted.
Our friend, Jess, created two pinatas of our heads. Evidently they were too tempting for all the kids around, because they got smashed in an impromptu re-enactment of sugar-addled Lord of the Flies. Apparently it was a brutal free-for-all.
Bean bag toss tournament for gift certificates to Gabriel’s, The Vault, Long and McQuade, and Funk Your Fashion
Paint-your-own-face and mask-making table
Jess and Jesse smooch by the bomboniere table. Gifts for guests included pots of succulents, mixtape CD’s, books, flowers, bubbles, bookmarks, and artwork
One of the two food trucks: VI Pizza and their mobile wood fire pizza oven. I highly recommend!
Eamon’s great wedding gift: a Kombucha Bar!
Sweet Pete jams with the kids for a moment.
Ice block excavation station! I made a giant ice block full of random toys. With little hammers and spray bottles, the kids made quick work of it. Note, the low-hanging unattended pinatas.
The ceremony begins! See a link at the top of the page to the YouTube video I made for Kevin.
Fox, bummed he didn”t get any pinata candy.
Jesse Clark is one of Pat’s oldest pals. What he said during this ceremony was so touching and pertinent! I couldn’t imagine anyone else doing a better job. Thank you, Jesse! We value your incredible wisdom.
June went with Grandma for about two seconds
Decorated Wilma
We competed in Rock Paper Scissors to see who would deliver their vows first. It got a little ridiculous when Pat and I kept choosing the same weapons and tied the game 7 tries in a row. Telepathy? Dude is always in my head.
Asking Fox to bring the rings
Made by our friend, Darren from Alchemy Adornment, our wedding bands are matching rose gold with a hammered petina.
My mom, Helena, and Nana Joan
There’s Pat’s brother, Andy, their mom, Bonnie, and my Aunt Sherry.
Hugging my new dad.
TH’US, Th’greatest rockers in my humble opinion.
Pizza and Taco time!
Best bartenders in the wild
McIntosh’s as far as the eye can see
Pat wore a sleeping baby on his back during our first dance
We MC’d ourselves
Andrew gives a speech
these two…
Fully stocked potluck snack bar
The Eleven Twelves
Pat does a keg stand, commando, in a kilt.
Party crashers
Why sleep when you can play all night (and all morning?)
June slept here for 5 hours. PERF.
The morning after

First Ostera

It is Ostera, the spring equinox, and a full moon. Everything is at its most balanced point, such as the length of night and day.

I’m not really that into astrology, but I read online somewhere that right now there are three different planets in our solar system positioned at some 0°, indicating a sort of perfect balance? If that means anything, it does make sense to me that it would be a good time to reset. To start over, and begin again with a new score card. Everything back to zero. Spring equinox is the true new year anyway, and has been for longer than any Gregorian calendar. How fortunate that this exact moment this year we are endowed all night with the very closest, fullest, most ocean-moving moon activity. Our bodies are mostly made if water, so the moon must inform us somehow, right? Every day the sea ebbs and flows great distances, sloshing in and out of bays, estuaries, and inlets. All because of our moon!

If you’re a tiny bit superstitious like me, perhaps you’d like to place a glass bowl of clean water in the moonlight and make a wish for the water to take on whatever affect. It can be drunk, poured in a bath, or dabbed on your body as a ritual connection to the sentiment of this reset time.

Tonight I packed some pillows and blankets, along with some ceremonial items and took myself and baby June Moon to the shore of the Salish Sea. It was an unforgettable time. Her and I warm, snuggled so comfortably under the shining orb.

After she fell asleep at my breast, I poured tea, and did a tarot card reading on myself. Thankfully I was met with concepts in line with my understanding of how things are right now and how they ought to be. No mystery because tonight there is full illumination. The cards immediately give me a focus of meditation. To force my reflection upon that which has not yet been reflected on, applied in a specific context. Herein lies the merit of this ancient practice.

So there we are in the bright blue moonlight surrounded by sound on all sides. From everywhere, the sound of the shore sucking salty water down through its earthly maw. There is a chorus of frogs beyond the arbutus trees, who somehow crescendo and cease on cue. How do they know when to fall silent? Abrupt quiet somehow interrupts my train of thought. These frogs must know something I don’t.

Smoke wafts from the long candle flames, and steam rolls from my teacup, at home among a rising mist.
I could sleep on this beach.