March 22, 2017
We tried an experiment a couple weeks ago. On March 10th, Maurie Kaufman, Danny Gorman and Mike Small and I had a Good Enough LIVE Karaoke show at Doogie’s in Guelph, which we often do on Fridays the past 6 months, but I was also approached to help round out a 2nd annual David Bowie Tribute called Stardust To BlackStar II at the Garrison scheduled for the same night.
I don’t like turning down gigs, or saying no to Shaun Bowring, so I made some calls and enlisted longtime GELK vets Del Cowsill, Craig Mailman and Eric Woolston who’ve each played over 100 shows with me over the past 3 years, + more recent recruit Ruhee Dewji (she’s only played about 10 shows so far) on sax and keys, + brand new recruit (and Mike Small’s roommate) Jeff Dixon on guitar to play the Bowie tribute. We were asked to pull together 15 to 20 Bowie songs for members of the audience to sing on fairly short notice, but the crew I assembled pulled it together!! It was the first GELK show in the history of the band that I didn’t play, BUT it was still me who coordinated it, and I had confidence in my players that they’d pull it off. All reports that I heard back were that it went over really well.
A month from now on April 22nd, we’re taking it a step further, playing 2 full-repertoire GELK shows at once. Jesse, Mike, Maurie and I will be playing a student union awards show after party at the University of Waterloo, while Del, Craig, Fraser McEvoy, Danny and Ruhee play the Gladstone Hotel. We’ll have 2 bands each billed as Good Enough LIVE Karaoke playing in 2 different cities at once! After breaking in so many musicians to accommodate the number of shows I keep booking, to work around everyone’s availability and interest, I now have enough members to form 2 full bands each with a very very solid lineup! I’m curious to see where this new development will take us.
In case anyone asks, the current official membership of Good Enough LIVE Karaoke is:
- Tim McCready – keys, guitar
- Jesse Bellon – guitar
- Craig Mailman – bass
- Fraser McEvoy – drums
- Maurie Kaufman – guitar, drums
- Del Cowsill – bass, guitar, drums
- Eric Woolston – drums
- Danny Gorman – guitar
- Mike Small – bass
- Ruhee Dewji – saxophone, flute, keys
I like to imagine us as the Wu-Tang Clan of live karaoke bands. It’s like an exclusive club or gang as much as it is a band. I reserve the right to sub in additional players when needed, but the 10 of us listed are the core group of musicians I draw on when I’m scheduling gigs. I feel very fortunate to have them all in my life.
March 20, 2017
Good Enough LIVE Karaoke are performing a tribute show on Wednesday to Amy Winehouse’s album Back To Black. It’s not actually a live karaoke night because Michelle Treacy is singing the whole album, but whatever, read the fine print. I’m not going to have a bunch of wildly different names for the same band just because we’re doing something different here and there. My events are always about the details.
Craig, Jesse, Fraser and I have done a learned a number of albums over the past 2 or 3 years, each performed live only once each. We’ve done Minor Threat – First Two 7″‘s, Minor Threat – Out Of Step, Descendents – Milo Goes To College, Buck 65 – Neverlove, Pearl Jam – Ten, Nirvana – Nevermind, Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill, and THIS time we’re doing Amy Winehouse – Back To Black featuring Michelle Treacy on vocals! We’ve also added Patric McGroarty on trumpet, Ruhee Dewji on baritone sax and flute, and Maurie on guitar.
I was interviewed in the current issue of NOW Magazine, currently on the street around Toronto! Hooray I’m famous now, for something other than throwing house parties!!
February 5, 2017
I’ve decided to add lite weight training to my routine, to go along with my daily 5km runs, so I set up my weight bench in the spare bedroom upstairs.
Good Enough LIVE Karaoke played at Doogie’s in Guelph on Friday night, and to a sold out crowd at Junction City Music Hall on Saturday night which was our 12th show of 2017!
Next Friday we’re up at Heartwood Concert Hall in Owen Sound for the 3rd time, and playing a private party at a curling club in Sarnia on Saturday Feb 11th.
It feels like playing 3 or 4 hours a night (2 or 3x a week) ain’t no thang anymore. + “What song are we playing next?” OR “Hmm, that’s not on our song-list is it? You guys heard it before? Whatever, let’s wing it” It’s what we do. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Now if I can just add 2 or 3 hours/day of practicing and reviewing songs on keys and guitar then we’ll really be in business.
February 1, 2017
I’m back from Las Vegas! I lost $200 or $300 (who’s counting) playing blackjack this year which totally sucked, but what can you do? Stop playing blackjack? Here’s a picture Nobu took of me bug-eyed and shitfaced after 4 tiki drinks at Frankie’s. Getting some sun for a few days did me some good.
Tonight we’re launching Good Enough PUNK Karaoke at the Baby G. It’ll happen the first Wednesday of every month. I’ve got a total of 9 shows currently scheduled for this month (including shows in Guelph, Owen Sound and Sarnia), but the song-list for tonight is totally separate from our regular Good Enough LIVE Karaoke repertoire. Our working definition of “punk” for the night has as much to do with the era it was made as it does with how it sounds. It’s my personal definition, I’ve got my reasons, and nobody else has to agree with me. We’ve tried to stick between 1969 to 1985…because that’s what we’re doing. Here’s the song-list:
Bad Brains – Pay To Cum
Bauhaus – Bela Legosi’s Dead
Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl
Black Flag – Drinking and Driving
Black Flag – Nervous Breakdown
Black Flag – Rise Above
Black Flag – TV Party
Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone
Blondie – Call Me
Blondie – Heart Of Glass
Blondie – One Way Or Another
Blondie – Tide Is High
Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love
The Clash – I Fought The Law
The Clash – London Calling
The Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Cramps – Bikini Girls With Machine Guns
Cramps – Fever
Cramps – Goo Goo Muck
Cramps – Human Fly
Crass – Do They Owe Us A Living?
Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
Damned – Neat Neat Neat
Damned – New Rose
David Bowie – Jean Genie
David Bowie – Rebel Rebel
David Bowie – Suffragette City
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
Dead Boys – Sonic Reducer
Dead Kennedys – California Uber Alles
Dead Kennedys – Too Drunk To Fuck
Dead Milkmen – Nutrition
Descendents – Bikage
Devo – Mongoloid
English Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom
Exploited – Punks Not Dead
Fear – I Don’t Care About You
Fear – New Yorks Alright If You Like Saxophones
Flipper – Sex Bomb
Flipper – Way Of The World
Gang Of Four – Damaged Goods
Generation X – Dancing With Myself
GG Allin – Bite It You Scum
Iggy Pop – Nightclubbing
Iggy Pop – The Passenger
Joan Jett – I Love Rock And Roll
Joy Division – Love will tear us apart
Joy Division – Control
Joy Division – Transmission
Joy Division – Atmosphere
MC5 – Kick Out The Jams
Minor Threat – Filler
Misfits – Hybrid Moments
Misfits – Last Caress
Misfits – She
Misfits – Where Eagles Dare
New York Dolls – Personality Crisis
Lou Reed – Perfect Day
Lou Reed – Vicious
Patti Smith – Because The Night
Patti Smith – Frederick
Patti Smith – Gloria
Ramones – Blitzkreig Bop
Ramones – I wanna be sedated
Ramones – rock and roll high school
Ramones – do you wanna dance
Ramones – Judy Is A Punk
Ramones – I wanna be your boyfriend
Ramones – pet cemetery
Replacements – Androgynous
Replacements – Bastards Of Young
Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Blank Generation
Runaways – Cherry Bomb
Runaways – Roadrunner
Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the UK
Sex Pistols – EMI
Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
Sex Pistols – Holiday In The Sun
Sham 69 – If The Kids Are United
Siouxsie And The Banshees – Hong Kong Garden
Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog
Stooges – No Fun
Stooges – Search and Destroy
Stooges – TV Eye
Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalized
Suicide – Ghost Rider
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place
Talking Heads – Road To Nowhere
Teenage Head – Picture My Face
Television – Marquee Moon
T Rex – 20th Century Boy
T Rex – Children Of The Revolution
T Rex – Get It On (Bang A Gong)
Undertones – Teenage Kicks
Velvet Underground – Run Run Run
Velvet Underground – Sweet Jane
Velvet Underground – Waiting For My Man
Violent Femmes – Add It Up
Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun
X-Ray Spex – Oh Bondage Up Yours
XTC – Making Plans For Nigel
Wipers – Telepathic Love
Wire – Ex-Lion Tamer
January 27, 2017
Hellllo world. It’s been many months since I posted on this blog. I only made 2 posts last year! I’ve been blogging on and off since 2001, first on livejournal and then switched here to wordpress several years ago. The purpose has always been to document and celebrate life as it is right in front of me. It’s a tool for me to throw a signal out there and see what gets reflected back. Life can get confusing, so it’s necessary to take a step back sometimes, get some perspective and wait for a few storms to pass. In the news, the world seems crazier than ever but my life is fairly calm for the moment so I thought I should give this another go and see how far I get until I have another freak-out or break-down.
159 Manning is quiet and empty. I’m busy growing Good Enough LIVE Karaoke‘s business. I’ve been running 5km almost every day since the end of August. I bought myself a new pair of gold and black running shoes this week after completing 120 runs.
I’ve been playing an average of 2 or 3 shows with Good Enough LIVE Karaoke the past 6 months. That’s about 10 hours on stage per week? We’re launching a new Punk themed night, the first Wednesday of every month at Baby G on Wed Feb 1st, featuring a selection of 100 songs to choose from that we’ll play, and YOU can sing (or yell) with us.
Here’s a video of us doing Black Flag – Nervous Breakdown in the basement of 159 Manning last week.
I took this picture of a Coopers Hawk who landed in my backyard yesterday afternoon.
It spent about an hour sitting on top of a pigeon it had killed, before gutting and de-feathering, ripping it to shreds and finally flying off with the carcass. Apparently a hawk is supposed to be an omen of a incoming message, or imminent enlightenment.
I am trying to stay open to enlightenment.
May 25, 2016
I’m playing 14 shows in June! The nights I’m not playing I’m either shooting video for Choir!Choir!Choir! (on Tuesdays) or doing sound somewhere (pretty much every other night that I’m not booked playing or shooting video). This music thing has finally become a full-time job!
Monday May 30th Jesse Bellon, Matt Cosgrove and I are launching a 4-week-test Monday residency at the Gladstone Hotel. We’ll be jamming and doing music improv in the Melody Bar from 6pm to 8pm, followed by an open format DIY Vinyl night. I’ll bring a crate of records from home and play whatever I want, and others are welcome to join and bring a few records of their own to play.
Wednesday June 1st, Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE will play at Wolf Like Me at Bloor and Shaw. We’re going to do an early show, doors at 6pm, band plays and you sing from 8pm to 11pm. The room only fits 30 or 40 people, so it’s an intimate venue, and whoever comes will likely to get a chance to sing multiple songs. We’ll be playing as a 4-piece with me on rhythm guitar and keys, Eric Woolston on drums, Jesse Bellon on guitar, and Del Cowill on bass.
Friday June 3rd, Good Enough tests out a new monthly at Adelaide Hall with DJ’s Splattermonkey and General Eclectic for a night called Request Line. You can request songs from the DJ’s, and of course request what song you want to sing with the band.
The next night, Saturday June 4th we play at our true monthly home base, Junction City Music Hall. Can we sustain playing 3 shows in a week? YES WE CAN!! It’s live karaoke. It’s a completely different set every night, different songs, different singers in different venues. Occasionally it’s even a different band, as shown in the picture above from last month at JCMH.
The next week the Monday and Wednesday cycle repeats, and then Friday June 10th I play keys with Wave of Terror at the Silver Dollar!
Good Enough plays at the Gladstone Hotel on Saturday June 11th…
…and then the Monday and Wednesday cycle repeats for 2 weeks, GELK will play the newly opened Eightball Pub in Scarborough on Friday June 24th, something secret on Saturday June 25th, and then Monday June 27th when the Harp Twins are playing at 159 Manning. After that? Who knows…..