April 2016: A New Day

April 25, 2016: Today was the first day I went back to the gym after all that time off. I didn't overdo it. Whereas I was able to run 3 miles (about 5 km) and a total workout of 1.5 hours, I only did 30 minutes total run + workout. No need to push to the limit and beyond. Not yet. On the same topic of workouts, I've been working my singing voice as well and yesterday was the first time I let loose in the studio with the band. It wasn't perfect but it sure felt good for the spirit.

Theater-wise, we are 1 week away from the opening of "Sylvia". I got my lines down and will need to run them again and again. Hope you got your tickets.  Also I got a really nice surprise from Black Theatre Workshop who asked if I'd be interested in participating in their Discovery Series!  Ummmm...Yeah! Basically, it's a public reading of a play done by professional actors. Here are the details and I hope you can make it >> Discovery Series by Black Theatre Workshop

Music-wise
, I am happy to announce the new members of the Carolyn Fe Blues Collective. I am so excited to work on the 4th album with these guys and to hit the stage with them in June. It is so refreshing to hear the repertoire evolve as they learn and own the songs.

Contest winner
, I met with family members of the video contest winner. As you may know, Angela Feliziani Iorio passed away from Cancer shortly after she replied to the contest to guess which song was to be launched in a video. They welcomed me at Angela's home. I was honored to have been invited into the intimacies of her life. Her partner and her daughter were open and candid about how Angela lived her life. The good, the bad and the funny. I look forward to some quiet time to write Angela's song. But I do have to say that there is nothing more powerful than the look of pure love in a man's tearful eyes. It transcends time and borders. What a gift that I have been given to witness this. Cherish every moment with your loved ones.

April 14, 2016: That was a long, long haul recovering from bronchitis, pneumonia. But when the body decides to stop, there's nothing we can do about it. Finally, things have fallen into place. I've started rehearsals on "Sylvia", a play by AR Gurning. I am quite excited as this is the first time in 7 years that I step back onto the theatre's stage. The play opens on May 4 and goes for 9 shows until May 14. Get your tickets >> Online

A fun thing happened while I was on sick leave. I got cartooned!
Ummm...hold on, it's not a funny cartoon. It's actually a Zombie Apocalypse comic character and will eventually be turned into a game. Created by: Lateef Martin – Co-Writer & Illustrator and Isabelle Duguay – Co-Writer & Art Director, Produced by Miscellaneum Studios the comic is called Z'Isle! My character is Lin-Lin. By the way, that's what my nieces and nephew called me when they were toddlers, little do they know that Lin-Lin has turned into one mean Zombie annihilator!

On April 6, I launched a video on social media. But prior to the launch, I had a contest wherein if the fans were able to guess which song the video would have been, the winner will have a song written for them and about them. 

Check out these videos -
The announcement of the winner and a fitting tribute >> VIDEO
The new video, "Goodbye" from the album "Bad Taboo" launched on social media on April 6, 2016 >> VIDEO
I tip my hat to the great folks at Alves Media Productions who took the time to listen to the song and met with me to really understand the feel and the images I saw in my mind. They nailed it!

Oh! A movie a worked in last year is in the theatres and has been extended for another week. Check out, The Saver, written by Edeet Ravel, filmed in Montreal, directed by Wiebke Von Carolsfeld, the film has been getting rave reviews.

As for the singing, well, I still haven't got my full voice back. I am on "voice re-hab" to get it back into shape and will keep you posted. I want to thank the friends who stopped by for a visit through social media, emails, text messages, voice messages and the numerous phone calls. You kept my morale up during the dark moments.

Someone told me that, "We never lose friends, we only find out who the real ones are especially in difficult times."
I know who you are now.

Here's Lin-Lin

Lin Lin