Clear air

I just started a new job, but, soon, I'll leave my desk and head out to D'Arcy, BC for a songwriting retreat. One of the topics that I'll introduce as a subject is "clear air". More on that soon.

My first question when I phoned my boss about my new job was,

"What am I not allowed to know?"

My boss said, basically, that I could know whatever I needed to know!

Wonderful display of trust. And I think that “clear air” is a concise metaphor for what my boss gave me in this exchange: room to breathe in the organization and make clear decisions.

At home in Vancouver, we have had few wildfires, compared to the last few years. Have you appreciated clear air this summer?


This line is one of the most famous in Canadian music:

Like a bird on a wire,
Like a drunk in a midnight choir,
I have tried in my way to be free.

It’s the first lyric to which I paid attention in my young life, although I heard a cover version.

I was fortunate enough to attend a grade school that was across the Queensborough Bridge in Richmond, British Columbia while I grew up in my beloved city of New Westminster; my mum drove me each way.

I didn’t participate in music at all until 2009, after I left this school, but my mum and I listened to music together on these drives.

When she played this song, she said that the lyric was outstanding and that the songwriter was outstanding at making great lyrics.

What did that mean?

Having done some fun performances this month to date, the next activity for me is a songwriting retreat.

I’ve never done this type of thing before!

The order of steps is something like this:

  1. lunch meeting with one of my co-writers today

  2. daytime mind-mapping and preparing to write tomorrow

  3. full day and night of writing on Tuesday

  4. wrapping up on Wednesday

I’m wiling to take any and all advice!