In retrospect, 2014 was an eventful and memorable year.
I published a song!
In February, I published the first song that I made end-to-end.
It’s in Romanian language, it has a funk vibe and it’s called John Dracula.
I co-wrote and recorded the song with the amazing Mihai Zaharia, a longtime musician of Romanian origin, established in Toronto.
Writing and recording a song is a thrilling experience, and a humbling one, too. I am grateful to my friend Mihai for his patience during the process, playing all the instruments, mixing the song, and guiding me through the journey.
May >> Seattle’s Lucky Brown’s Annual Northwest Deep Funk Festival (Polyrhythmics! ) & The Staxx Brothers with Dr. Fink (of Prince fame). Both concerts at the superb Nectar Lounge.
June >> Scorpion Child – in a Toronto club, just before their wildly successful European summer. Stung!
June >> Tanya Tagaq at Luminato (Nanook of the North soundtrack). She won the Polaris prize later in 2014, for Animism, her latest album.
June >> Dirty Shirt in a rare hometown show (Baia Mare, in Romania). Weeks later they won the 2nd place at Wacken, the best metal rock fest in the world.
December >> Steve Hackett at the legendary Massey Hall in Toronto. He shared some spicy memories from his first appearance at the Massey, back in the 1970s with Genesis.
Had a great time in June traveling to hometown Baia Mare, in Northern Transylvania, Romania. Spent time with my mother, sister and niece, friends, and took these pictures.
“Long time no see”
I spent valuable time with people that I haven’t met for too many years: Daniel Bustan (he works in animation in Montreal), Ann Corn and Kiru (of the cult Romanian prog band of the 1990, D’aia)
Roger Waters spent his September birthday launching his THE WALL 2014 movie in Toronto. I was there, front row.
Back on radio duty
I happily accepted a small gig on a Romanian online radio, Radio Trib. Kirk, the radio’s owner, is a longtime friend and well respected radio personality in Romania’s capital, Bucharest.
And finally, just before Christmas, I graduated the Masters Certificate in Business Analysis program at prestigious Schulich School of Business in Toronto.