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Downchild Blues

When I saw the Toronto Jazz Festival was producing a free concert on Saturday – the Downchild Blues Band with guest Dan Aykroyd – I couldn’t imagine where it was. The map showed somewhere on Bloor, so I imagined they’d taken over a small courtyard somewhere. But no – there was a stage right in the middle of Bloor Street near Avenue Road. Thousands of people gathered around, and the best, the absolute best music, raunchy, joyful rhythm and blues. Carol and I did not stop moving to the beat from start to finish.

A beautiful night, great music in the middle of the street – and then, on the way home, we could have walked down Church Street and immersed ourselves in Pride if we’d had the energy, which we did not. So much going on.

And … an important realization about publication: in my typical fashion, I’ve been looking for a short cut, which has in the end wasted more time – sending the ms. to the wrong people who happen to be people I know. The only way forward is to submit: what an apt term. To send the thing out over and over again and wait to hear. Submission is how it’s done, and that is what I will do. And I will look on it as an adventure.

So – as my beloved much-missed friend Wayson loved to say – Onward.



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I began keeping a journal at the age of nine. Nearly fifty years later, I started this online journal, sharing reflections, reviews, updates, and the occasional secret.

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