Well this just in:

The Living Record is included in CBC Music’s top albums of the year. Anyone who knows me a little knows how much I love the CBC – it is certainly the source for most of my music discovery and almost all of my listening pleasure. And there’s my album, included among there picks for the year! I’m right chuffed I tell you. The whole post of their top albums is here, and see the blurb on my album here.

I hinted on Facebook as to my not considering “Aboriginal” a genre, and I don’t. I have actually many (quelle suprise) thoughts on the matter of Aboriginal, which is a culture, a race, being designated at the Junos and by CBC alongside genre categories, and have a blog a brewin’ in me on the topic, but regardless I am grateful and thrilled for the CBC love no matter what.

Over at Corby’s Orbit The Living Record is among Paul Corby’s 50 Most Adored and Played Albums of 2012. Huge thanks to the thoughtful and fine tuned ears of Paul for adoring, playing and including the album. Paul who was one of the most prepared and insightful interviewers I’ve ever had and I loved talking to him in October.

Elsewhere, The Georgia Straight’s music critics picked their Top 10 albums of 2012 and I’m delighted that The Living Record is on Alex Varty’s list. Read that post here. I’ve been interviewed twice by Alex – for this album and my last – and both times were meaningful and memorable exchanges. Often conversations with journalists don’t feel like actually conversations, but with Alex they are and so I am touched and honoured to be among his picks for the year.

An added bonus and squee moment was seeing mine and Amanda Palmer’s photo on the main “Best of” page at thestriaght.com. I agree her newest album, Theatre is Evil, deserves to be on top lists for the year all around. She’s certainly on mine!

Here we are, regular cohorts (her pic at the top, mine at the bottom, sandwiching the likes of other 2012 picks Grimes, Patterson Hood and Father John Misty, swoon):

I have to remind myself this album has only been in the world for 3 months – there’s still so much time to share it and spread it and learn it and flaunt it, and I’ll be doing all those things. I don’t know the right word for how it feels for its kind reception so far – grateful and thrilled are part of it surely.

I might not ever find the word, so for now, these two: good night.

xoc

I had forgotten how to talk to journalists, radio hosts, media types. Interested in genuine conversation, it can slip my mind that tape is rolling and any out loud musings of the moment are likely to be the out of context clip in the article, on air, the next day. In the moment I want to consider the question and provide an authentic response which, being spontaneous, doesn’t always mean it’s the most articulate or even conclusive thing I could come up with. In the moment there have been some really interesting conversations with really lovely and engaging people that move beyond the press release and talking points, but that doesn’t always translate to what I want to be said in the media about me, the tour and the album. I’m (re)learning to keep in mind that these conversations will be the representatives of my work. That is, an edited interpreted version of these conversations that’s ultimately out of my hands. I’m finding ways to both stick to the script and be genuine, and then otherwise let go of the outcome.

It can be tricky.

I’m not complaining, just noticing, and overall very grateful for the number of interviews I’ve done while on tour. Truly, the response has been great. Phewf!

But it’s easy for me, particularly considering the themes and stories of this album, to move into an emotional space, out of the thinking/rational “I’m doing an interview now” space, and once the emotions are up, the guards are down and my heart starts to pour…

I like my pouring heart, but she’s not always the best for PR ; )

It is a new experience for me to see my face printed practically life size in papers, but very fun. Here’s me, and me on the Arts & Life section of the Regina Leader Post, as captured by my dear Redgy Blackout:

It’s worth adding that the Regina restaurant this was taken in, Flip, had very tasty food indeed and the venue we played down the street, Creative City Centre, is awesome. Just sayin’. Also #MarianForMayor!

Here’s a link to the article in the Regina Leader Post and a few of the others that have cropped up along the way:

Regina Leader Post
CBC Music
The Georgia Straight
Uptown Magazine
The Province
Globe & Mail

Meanwhile, we’ve tipped over the halfway point of this particular tour with a handful of Ontario shows remaining, and then a few key stops on the return route home. There is much I could say about the tour, and I’m sure it will come. For now I’m still learning to talk.

xoc