Ottawa, Canada
December 15
Greetings! I am a terminal music fan who will be writing about my life as a concertgoer from 1975 to the present. It’s about the music but also about the lives lived along with it. Many entries will feature a scan of the original ticket as well as a recollection of each gig as a whole experience rather than simply being a description of the performance. Therefore, this blog will be a mixture of memoir, concert review, music history, and philosophical musing. Concurrently, I will be writing about shows that I am seeing in the present. Thanks to Cublet for artwork assistance. **** I’m on Facebook ( mylifeinconcert) ... and have just launched a YouTube channel, VATV ( I also re/cross-post on my stand-alone blog ( Non-OS members who wish to comment can do so over at that site. *****

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024. Discopravity: Psychic TV, Danceteria, New York City, New York, November 17, 1983. $n/a

FACE ad for Danceteria 1984 
An ad for Danceteria from the December 1984 issue of The Face. (Scan by VA.)

NOTE: While this second of a two-part entry covers Psychic TV’s gig at Danceteria (part one includedRead full post »

023. Back Against the Wall: Circle Jerks, Reggae Lounge, New York City, New York, November 16, 1983, $ n/a

  Fred and Ethel Mertz I Love Lucy variousartists

 Ethel & Fred Mertz (Vivian Vance & William Frawley) in a still from an I Love Lucy postcard that I bought while in NYC.  The physical exuberance depictedRead full post »

Get Lucky 13 variousartists 2013 music

Get Lucky 2013 variousartists weeknd kurt vile playing cards

Get Lucky 2013 variousartists phosphorescent john grant david bowie playing cards

variousartists get lucky 13 best of 2013 rows 3 and 4 cards

Get Lucky 13 Best of 2013 variousartists
After a colossally bad 2012, it was more like Lucky ‘13 for me this past year.  Cublet and I did have a few challenges but, hey, life’s never perfect. Overall it was far more chuckles than cheerless even if/… Read full post »

 variousartists 12 days of christmas viewing 

My final of three new Xmas entries for this year, following my pieces on Xmas Advertising from LIFE Nov. 30 1959 and on how I discovered the truth about Santa Claus.

Turn on, tune in, and drop ... onto the sofa in front of that TV: the annual Clausfest… Read full post »

VariousArtists winter 1969 1970

Me during the winter of 1969-1970. 


Two years ago, Open Salon had an open call soliciting folks to share their tales about how they discovered that Santa Claus was indeed a sham.  I was too busy during that and the previous xmas season/Read full post »

LIFE Magazine November 30 1959 Proctor smile variousartists

Just look at that radiant smile!  And it's all because of (find out below) ...


NOTE: I'll be taking a breather from the My Life — In Concert! series for December to make way for three or four Christmas-themed entries to come in the the next fewRead full post »

Beatles White Album Original 1968 Canadian pressing cover variousartists

My original copy from 1968.  I've never known why this was unnumbered as I am pretty positive it is from the first run.  Either I am mistaken or the individual numbering was solely in the UK & US. (All scans and photos on this page by VA.) Read full post »

Lou Reed New York Poster 1989 variousartists
One of the greats; not to be forgotten. (Photo by VA: A lifesize Lou that used to live on my wall at the top of a stairwell).
"What would I see if I could walk away from me" from "Candy Says"

"Between thought and expression liesRead full post »

177. We Rule the School: Belle & Sebastian, Saturday July 6, 2013, Ottawa Bluesfest, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, $19.50 (as part of 10-day pass)

Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 wristbands

 This year's much-used Ottawa Bluesfest full fest passes featuring their mascot, Leadbelly.  He waved at me on Day One.&nRead full post »

176. Lightning: Ottawa Jazz Festival 2013 with David Byrne & St. Vincent, Sunday June 23 / Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Saturday June 29, Confederation Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, $165.00 for a (largely wasted) Festival Pass

McCauly Culkin Ottawa Jazz Festival 2013 Wristand variousartists

My wristband for the 2013 Ottawa JaRead full post »

175. I’m Your Man: Leonard Cohen, Friday December 7, 2012, Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, $171.04

Leonard Cohen Ticket Ottawa Canada Friday December 7 2012

Yes, it was pricey.  Yes, it was worth it.

“I love to speak with Leonard,
He’s a sportsman and a shepherd,
He’s a lazy bastard living in a suit&rd… Read full post »

VA Banner of Poster Highlights 

Howdy to those of you on both Open Salon and WordPress ... I’ve had another OS/WP absence owing to a few reasons: life stuff, some needed household re-arranging, and a spell of writer’s block.  I was also having too much damn hot fun in the summertime as/… Read full post »

VA 3rd Anniversary on OS Talking Heads Fear of Music
No "Fear of Music" ... a fear of OS's obsolesence, perhaps ... (Mock-up by VA)
June 3rd marks my third anniversary of hitting the “publish” button here on OS — an anniversary that, round about six or so months ago, I really didn't think would happen.  While there… Read full post »

174. Walk Like A Giant: Neil Young and Crazy Horse with Patti Smith, Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Saturday November 24, 2012, $73.11.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse with Patti Smith Scotiabank Place Ottawa Canada November 24 2012 VariousArtists

Tonight's the night ... to walk like a giant.

You can never be sure which iteration of “Neil Young” you’re going to get when… Read full post »

022c. Let’s Dance: David Bowie with Rough Trade, CNE Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Saturday September 3, 1983, $22.50

David Bowie, Rough Trade, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Saturday September 3 1983 variousartists

Ten years on from my hearing "Space Oddity," I finally get to see and hear Bowie live during the Serious Moonlight tour.

In Part One, I wrote about what

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Bowie Album Collage variousartists
(Bowie album collage photo montage by VA)

In Part One, I wrote about what Bowie and glam rock meant to me, and my impressions on how his emergence had a broader impact on the 1970s.  I continue to explore this in Part Two while also examining Bowie’s/
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Space Oddity Ziggy Stardust David Bowie variousartists
My sister's original copies of David Bowie's Space Oddity and Ziggy Stardust.  I have many fond memories of listening to these albums with her.
My return to the My Life In Concert! series, this time looking back on seeing David Bowie for
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Best of 2012 8-Tracks VariousArtists

 (8-Tracks Mock-Up by VA)

After a break of several months — which included the temporary collapse of Open Salon — I’m returning to writing and to the My Life — In Concert! series.  But first, my annual recap ...

Rarely have I been so happy to put a year/… Read full post »

Flaunt the Imperfection: Cracks In Our Marriage On Our 3rd (or 14th?) Anniversary

Our Wedding Rings 

Our rings on our wedding day. (Photo by Claude Wauthier)

I don’t know why I did it.  I truly don’t.  What was I thinking?  It was a ridiculous, reckless thing to do.  And/… Read full post »

173. Hold On Me: Esperanza Spalding with Gretchen Parlato, Toronto Jazz Festival, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Thursday June 28, 2012, $48.25.

Esperanza Spalding with Gretchen Parlato, Toronto Jazz Festival ticket, variousartists, 2012 

This was one hot show, in both good and bad senses.

It was less than one week after experiencing the brilliant Janelle Mon&aRead full post »

172. Locked Inside: Janelle Monáe with Roman GianArthur and the David Mott Quintet, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Confederation Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Saturday June 23, 2012, $49.

Janelle Monae June 2012 Ottawa Ticket variousartists 

Locked inside, in the great outdoors.

 Janelle Monae Ottawa Jazz Festival program 2012 

It was the perfect summer afternoon and ev… Read full post »

Map from London, Ontario, Canada to Mosport Speedway  

The route from London to Mosport Speedway (Google Maps).  

For Out On A Limb’s Open Call for Reposts, I am republishing the final section of my four-part piece about the Heatwave festival in August 1980. While it was one of the best festivals I've ever attended, thiRead full post »

021. Dangerous Acquaintances: Marianne Faithfull, Fryfogle’s, London, Ontario, August 15, 1983, $12.50

Marianne Faithfull, Fryfogle's, London, Ontario, Canada August 1983 variousartists 

Marianne comes to town on a steamy August Monday evening.  It was a  night of  thigh-slappin' rythms, contented smiles ... and dangerous acquaintances.

Marianne Fa… Read full post »

VariousArtists A Hard Day's Night A Hard Year's Night 2012

It's been A Hard Year's Night ... (Thanks to Cublet for the photos of Thurston and I).

It was two years ago today when I first hit that "Publish" button on Open Salon. It not only marked the start of many hours spent happily devoted to working on the My Life —Read full post »


020b. Waiting In Vain: 20 Performances I Missed, 1980-2011

XTC London Ontario 1980 

XTC at Centennial Hall, London, Ontario, Monday November 24, 1980. Too bad the show never happened (Thanks to MZ for the scan of her handbill).


You’ve got the warm ticket in your hot little hands, anticipationRead full post »