Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Radical Shifts Proofs Will Arrive Soon!

Saint Marguerite d'Youville

Hello!  The proofs for my memoir, Radical Shifts, will arrive any day now!  Once I approve them the books will be shipped to us here in Burnaby from Ontario.  Today is the feast day of Saint Marguerite d'Youville.  She was married to a man who drank too much and squandered his money.  After he died she founded the Order of Sisters of Charity of Montreal, commonly known as the Grey Nuns of Montreal. Some people mocked her order as the "tipsy sisters," as that was another meaning to the French word describing their order.

We have to set an appointment with Apple to resolve the technical glitch we are encountering with the recording program Garage Band on Cyndie's computer.  For some reason I cannot hear the drum track while recording the mandolin track for the first song we are working on.  Hopefully we will do this sometime this week.

I wrote some new lyrics to a song I started writing back around 1983!  I used a rhyming dictionary to help me.  It comes in handy that's for sure.  Thanks for reading my blog and have a great day!


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Myztery Rock Music Video for Amazing Grace

Tonight we will record a rock music video doing a cover of Amazing Grace.  I will play rock guitar on my Gibson Les Paul using my amp and Cyndie  will operate the camera.  Please pray for my Uncle Glen as he has lost almost 20 pounds recently and is unable to eat.  He only drinks Ensure.  I am visiting him this Saturday.

We have found a good lead guitarist named Dave Corman.  My friend Craig Zurba suggested him.  I will record a song and email it to him to create a solo part for it.  We will also do a music video for the first song I will record and send to Dave.  David Sinclair used to do all our lead guitar work but he passed away from cancer several months ago and we miss him.  He did phenomenal work on our albums, especially the song Judgement and Heaven on our Tempus Fugit album.

Cyndie and I will drive to Long and MccQuade in Vancouver to get the issue resolved with Garage Band:  I am unable to hear the drum track I recorded when I try to record my mandolin over it.  Our friend Chris should be able to help us.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Spiritual Companionship Declaration

Tom Petty


Yesterday I recorded a drum track for the first song on our upcoming Myztery album.  Next I will record a mandolin part.  I am picking up my Taylor acoustic guitar from Neil Douglas music store in New Westminster.  They cleaned it up and changed the strings.  I have a solo concert in Burnaby today.  Today is the second anniversary of Tom Petty's death.  He believed his music was a gift from God.  Here is his song Free Fallin' 

Yesterday I renewed my Spiritual Companionship Declaration, where I profess my desire to be a spiritual companion of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and Holy Face and St. Faustina Kowalska.  I wrote that I want to spend my Heaven doing good on earth with St. Therese and St. Faustina.  I hanged the document on one of the walls of our condo and will give a copy to my spiritual director after mass today during my spiritual direction session.

Please pray for our MML director in Nigeria, Fr. Chris Princewill, as it is his birthday today!  It is getting colder out here in Burnaby but no snow like they have in Calgary.  I am walking today for 30 minutes at Metrotown mall in Burnaby for my health and to lose weight.  I lost two pounds since yesterday!

Have a great day!


Monday, September 30, 2019

77 Limit on Twitter Reached!

Today is a historic day for the Myztery Twitter account:  I found a talented recording artist who was following our Myztery Tweets named Ashley Keating.  She has a beautiful voice and was also born in the month of September like me :)  I am now listening to her song on Spotify called Bad Mistake.  It's a good song to drive to.  Cyndie is flying today to Calgary for a meeting there.  Calgary has two feet of snow!

I have a solo gig today.  It is a beautiful sunny day here in Burnaby.  I noticed at the airport that Myztery is on Google Play.  We have three albums there.  Our Tempus Fugit album is not there though.  It may take a little while for that album to get up there as we recently uploaded it to Tune Core and they put it on Google Play, Spotify and other stores etc.

Please pray for our friend Christine Sinclair, the choir director at St. Francis de Sales church in Burnaby.  She passed out while driving and slammed into a parked car.  She totalled her car.  She was not seriously injured and is still in hospital.  It will be a while before she can drive again.  Her husband was our lead guitarist, David Sinclair, who did several months ago from cancer.

Have a good day!


PS. St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face died on this day.  Her feast day is October 1st.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Myztery Store Opens on Facebook

David Sinclair (RIP) and Keith Bennett (RIP)

Good morning! Last night I created a Myztery store on our Myztery Facebook page.  So far it has two products:  Cyndie's book "Heaven ROCKS!" and my memoir "Radical Shifts."  In time we will add our Myztery CDs to the store.  I will be making a short Myztery video today that will appear on our Myztery Facebook page.  I plan to do this every Wednesday.

I have a solo gig today.  Our friend Christine Sinclair, widow of our lead guitarist and friend David Sinclair, gave me a pick that has David's photo of him playing guitar on one side and his autograph on the other side.  Christine is giving me another pick this Sunday.  I will frame the picks and hang it on one of our condo's walls as a reminder of David's outstanding guitar playing.  He played on a number of our songs.  My favourite lead solo he did is from our Judgement song on our Tempus Fugit album.

I am starting to read a good book called "This is Marketing" by Seth Godin.  He says something like we should seek to help others with their problems.  Have a good day!


Monday, September 23, 2019

Ads for Pre-Order of Radical Shifts

Greetings!  We will create a Facebook ad for pre-launch orders of my memoir, Radical Shifts.  We will target, for now, North America.  Later we will target other countries like the UK, Australia, Japan, Germany, etc.  We are booked to play at a romantic couples dinner night in Burnaby, so we'll be brushing up on some love songs!

I will be uploading our Tempus Fugit album to Tunecore and iTunes and Spotify.  Our other three albums are already available to download on Spotify.  I am handing out quite a few Myztery website cards.  I even handed one out at Edmond's Community Centre pool!  It was a little water damaged from being in my swimsuit pocket but it was still legible :)

Our launch date for Radical Shifts is still December 14, 2019 which is a Saturday.  We will also do the music for a youth Alpha course starting soon.  I'd like to reach young people from age 13 to 24 with Myztery's music and videos.  I still have to record the classical guitar for the first song on our next concept album.  Cyndie will do the keyboard part.

Have an awesome day!

Photo:  Me playing bass in my band Tyranny.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Go Fund Me

Photo by Dee Lippingwell.

Good morning!  Our Go Fund Me page for my memoir Radical Shifts is at $80.  You can donate here:   If you donate $10 you get a free ebook.  $25 will get you a paperback book of Radical Shifts.  We have set the launch party to a new date:  December 14th, 7 pm, 7058 14th Ave, Burnaby, BC, Canada.  Call 604-379-5936 when you get to the condo complex front door and we will let you in!

I will be setting up our recording studio today, plugging in various cables to speakers, drum machine, keyboards, mics, etc.  I have decided to walk for 1/2 hour Monday to Friday for exercise at Metrotown Mall.  I found that Spotify has 3 Myztery albums:  Myztery, Cyber Superstar and Listen to the Heartbeat. They don't have Tempus Fugit, probably because we never uploaded it to iTunes etc.

I also noticed that these same 3 albums are on Apple Music.  I plan to add a link to Spotify and Apple Music on our Myztery website so that people can create Myztery playlists on this applications.  I will tune my violin today and learn a romantic song on it, perhaps blue moon.  I am going to start playing violin  probably 3 times a week at solo concerts I do.

Have a great day!