I always hoped this day would come but wasn’t sure it would. My band Jackson Soulfire is reuniting as part of a large showcase of Vancouver artists, April 17 at the Red Room Ultra Bar in my favorite city in the world, Vancouver. Three original members are coming back for the show plus we’re adding one of our biggest fans on guitar, an enigmatic and exciting musical force known as The Blue Falcon. I’ve played alongside him on different projects and his skills will take us to the next level.
My long-time friend (of 22 years!) Erik Johnson is stepping back into the position we last left him; behind the drum kit. He spent most of his time in JS on guitar/vocals/songwriting, but in our last days live we moved him to the drums and had more fun in six months that we’d had in all the years previous.
Though technically not an original member in the sense of being there from the beginning, Dan Unger, returning to bass duties, feels like a founding pillar of the group. The four of us have a lot of history and between us have logged thousands of stage hours, and we definitely have trouble remembering him not being in the band. Now all grown up, married, and featuring the cutest baby on Facebook, “The Kid” takes his rightful place as an indispensable member of the group. And I can’t wait to share the vocals again with this big, big talent.
We go into rehearsal for this reunion excited to work together again and filled with a mission to bring the rock to the people. Here’s to a great show, filled with songs you know and songs you don’t.
April 17. Red Room Ultra Bar. Vancouver. Jackson Soulfire Returns.
Reflecting Term 1 in New Media at BCIT
I’m a self-starter with years of workforce experience behind me, so when a friend asked me the other day if I had learned anything in twelve weeks at BCIT, I responded, “Nothing I couldn’t have learned online.” Then I contemplated that and recanted. In Communications for Web, I learned exactly how writing for the web differs from writing for print. I also rejected blogs initially as “frivolous and inconsequential.” That’s Oxfordian (or Nerd) for, “of no importance,” but I quickly came to realize how much I enjoy blogging. From an editor’s view I relish the constraint of writing for the monitor and plan to continue adding posts past term’s end.
Jacking Back into the Matrix
Social Media lost my interest a few years ago, but BCIT stresses knowledge and application of it. I’ve coded, imaged or planned six websites since April and enjoy tweaking the contents of each site then linking them to each other. (Who doesn’t enjoy narcissism and shameless self-promotion?) Photo shoots for fresh headshots are also a fun way to enjoy Vancouver’s unusually sunny spring.
These are the People in Your Neighbourhood
Let’s talk people. I’ve come to appreciate, like, and genuinely care for my classmates. Late term we’ve enjoyed extended weekends, and the feeling in class is we miss each other by the third day. I enjoy seeing classmates give presentations of projects and it’s edifying to draw on their artistic abilities and different perspectives when my ideas are depleted. Pressure situations –like the exorbitant homework load we often endure- create a quick bond, that secure feeling of “We’re all in this together.” Life is better when you find your people.
First Star to the Right…
Optimism for the future has grabbed me. I came to BCIT after two years of trying to get hired in my previous field. Whenever I tell people where I’m enrolled (to explain my disappearance from their lives) they instantly understand the implications of the phrase, “I’m at BCIT,” to mean death may claim some before diploma, but employers will scramble to hire the surviving graduates.