See Joe Smile Reunion/Thom Turns 30

When Thom said he’d like to celebrate his 30th birthday with a concert, it made sense that we would reunite the full band lineup to play. 30’s a big milestone and deserves some fanfare, and that’s exactly what we provided. It also turned out to be a farewell to the home that served as our main practice space for many years.  The old family home was sold this summer and so Thom’s 30th birthday concert became a farewell to Maley Lane, as well as a special birthday surprise for his mom, Cathy. It was fun returning to the house to practice, all of us living quite a distance away from it now, and being graciously welcomed by mom with snacks and drinks while we practiced. Just like the old days… The party was a private affair, just for family and friends, but when I think about it, See Joe Smile has always played for family and friends. Even when we played at new venues to new people, we always had family and friends present and I’d like to think our music welcomes people into a friendly and comfortable atmosphere, too. We missed Kaitlin who has just given birth to a boy, a few days earlier, but we were happy my wife, Michaela, was ready to jump in and sing. She’s been singing with the band for any full band appearances we’ve made over the past five years so it was great for her to join us for this special occasion. The setlist included our most popular SJS originals and a few of our favourite covers: It’s All Been Done (medley...

Checking In

Hey. Just checking in with an official blog update. Although I update the social media platforms on a semi-regular basis, this space is something I haven’t gotten around to much this year. I’m hoping to amend that by updating with some musical thoughts, album suggestions, video updates and cover/demo sharing over the next few months. More recently, my wife and I had the pleasure of playing a set, opening for Kosmo’s Factory’s 20th anniversary concert. It was good to get out on stage again and sing some of our favourite songs. Tis a little trickier now that we have a little baby in the house! We also enjoyed the Ottawa Bluesfest lineup this year. We had the pleasure of standing second row for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. We danced in the rain to The Lumineers. We swayed and sweated on a humid evening to the new alt rock of Half Moon Run. All acts we hadn’t seen before and all acts we enjoyed for different reasons. Noel Gallagher because he’s a legend and his newest album, as we reviewed some months ago, is fantastic. The Lumineers because they’re delightful and harmonious and folky. Half Moon Run because they’re energetic and fun and quite talented musicians. Taking time for live music is something that’s still important to us and makes for a pretty great date night. Date nights are essential for couples with new babies because, hey, parents need time to connect with one another, too! So there’s my piece of advice for the month…date nights are good. Schedule them regularly. More to come later this...

Arcade Folk Song #4

Hi, folks. It’s Tuesday, otherwise known as new releases day for music and movies. Here at seejoesmile.com, we adhere to the tradition and, for the past 3 weeks, a new song has been shared. Today marks the occasion of the fourth and final song release for the Arcade Folk EP. “Month of May” is another track from The Suburbs, Arcade Fire’s Grammy-Award winning album. I’ve brought the tempo to a slower pace and stripped it down to just vocals, piano, and acoustic guitar. http://seejoesmile.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Arcade-Folk-Month-Of-May.mp3 If you enjoyed this song, please share it with a friend. The entire EP, with original artwork, will be available next Tuesday on the Solo page, for...

Arcade Folk Song #2

Last Tuesday, I launched the Arcade Folk EP, that has been in the works for a few years. As promised, I’ll be releasing a song each week until all 4 songs are available to download for free. Song #2 is “Modern Man”, off of the Arcade Fire’s third full-length, The Suburbs, which earned them a Grammy for Best Album in 2011. This is a very different take on the song, thanks to a djembe and a little inspiration from Nirvana’s Unplugged set in 1993. Enjoy!...