Summer of Creativity

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to be creative in the arts in any sustained way. I participated in a photo-a-day project for almost 2 years, and when one of the prompting services was discontinued, I discontinued too. I miss it, but haven’t been able to re-motivate my self to jump back in. Now that I’ve completed my MEd degree, I find myself thinking of ways to get some of that neglected creative stuff back into my routine. So I think that this summer will see a few projects undertaken.

Photography – Both my wife and daughter like taking photos, and we’ve decided that, as a family, we’ll try and do a photo-a-day for the summer. We’ll post them all on my Flickr account. We may use a daily prompt site like Today’s Posting or we may just make up our own topic. Depends on the day. I think it should be fun a family.

Music – I’ve been wanting to dig into using GarageBand, both on my Mac and on the iPad and iPhone. I’ve messed with them a little bit, but not extensively.  I’m thinking that this summer, I’ll use these tools to post a song-a-day as well. I will record tunes as we sit around campfires, or where ever we happen to be.  I’ve set up a SoundCloud account and will be using that for posting tunes.  I’ve already recorded a few, and will be posting them daily. For a starter, I’ve embedded the first one below. It’s kind of a theme for the summer I’m hoping. 🙂  It’s a great tune by one of my favourite Canadian folk singers Ian Tamblyn.

“I’m not trying to be no star, there’s enough of them in a summers night.”


  1. Lisa · June 22, 2012

    Way to go, Colin: I’ll be following this with interest – really nice harmonies on “Down Under” by the way. I was singing along with this one. I used to volunteer regularly at the Home County Folk Festival in London, and I scored instrument check-in/out one year. Got my very own Ian Tamblyn concert…..just me, sitting listening, while he warmed up under the stage. Very, very cool.


    • colin · June 23, 2012

      That is cool! 3 years ago, when I was able to do the Students on Ice trip to the arctic, Ian Tamblyn was the musician on board, and I got to play with him, attend some song writing seminars and just hang out. I’ve got a pic on Flickr of him playing with my guitar. I’ll send it to you. 🙂 Fun stuff.


      • Lisa · June 23, 2012

        Is that Julie’s brother sitting with him? I really want my kids to do that trip someday….

        Awesome. That morning, sitting just listening, and talking to Ian, is a very favourite memory – he doodled around for an hour, just playing with stuff, warming up voice and guitar. I actually have a fair number of Ian Tamblyn stories – from house-concert like shows at the Desert Rose in Elora, with about 7 of us in the room, to a very memorable meeting with the late, great Paul Quarrington, with Ian providing the “Whale music”.

        Your “campfire light” now has me dreaming of our August trip (and worrying about how much trouble my assorted aches and pains are going to cause).


      • colin · June 25, 2012

        That’s not Julies brother in that pic. There are other pics of Jeff in that collection somewhere. 🙂


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