I’d never heard of this guy but then I saw facebook friend GB post that he was going to see Chris Stapleton at the Saddledome. GB and I have never met in person. A couple of years back we became acquainted because he noticed my review of Fleetwood Mac live and we connected. Hence; a spirit of spontaneity came over me upon knocking off work an hour and a half prior to show time when I saw that he was going to see this guy Chris Stapleton whom I’ve never heard of. True to the wonder of joy manifestation through simple compelling instinct, I discovered a master craft musician. Someday we’ll meet GB.
Although country is not my genre, this man with his supporting cast including his wife on supporting vocals lead out with a beat atypical of Nashville’s melancholy two stepping simplicity. Instead, his up tempo power chord shredding delivery accompanied with a wide ranging diaphragmatic voice left me transfixed in his modest brilliance. He’d hit the high octave while rolling along between chords….and these articulate slow moving chord progressions during intros were captivating. He’d capo the guitar down to suit his vocal key and when Mrs. Stapleton chimed in, it was with well timed emphasis and poignant contextually to lyrics.
The omnipotent stage presence of Chris absolutely touched the audience especially when he reached into the vocal stratosphere during a well positioned bar. The drummer and bassist obviously carried the back drop but will have come to understand (on bass for 20 years) that in this production when the lead man plays rhythm, lead and sings, they’ll be a subtext in the Chris Stapleton story.
Mid show I’m thinking to myself that it’s like I came from another planet having never having heard of this guy while witnessing the crowd sing and stir upon sensing the opening to one of their favourites from his old LP “The Traveler”. Definitely part of my thrill for the evening was the discovery amidst naivety.
Frankly I think Alberta would have been better served by someone different. He’s a crony of the by-gone elitist Harper era on the federal scene and is polarizing on the controversial matters of same sex marriage and abortion. While being taxed exorbitantly (47 per cent highest marginal rate with the new tax bracket), Albertans have little patience for their leader to be preaching social policy from a righteous pulpit. Albertans want absolute action on fiscal responsibility so that tax rates can be lowered measurably. While a minister in the federal government of Canada, I heard little from Mr. Kenney on the topic of measurably reducing core tax rates for Canadians. It may have been a belief of his at the time but Mr. Harper liked to keep the media in the dark and his round table muted. The old Harper administration tinkered with tax credits for families but did little to incite the capitalist spirit in our country for free enterprise. I do admire Mr. Kenney’s passion and sincerity for his work but at a time when the current administration has lost control of our finances, the last thing Alberta needs is an ultra idealist being long winded on how he thinks we should run our lives. I hope I’m wrong and this man will find a way to shelve his dogma surrounding your bedroom and your doctor’s office and appeal to centrist thinking Albertans along with Wildrose supporters in a way that propels him to success in uniting the right. As a reminder to you staunch Wildrose supporters, Danielle Smith sold out on you. She crossed the floor – remember. The movement is dead. Get on board. The alternative is socialism forever.
Naturally, the Calgary Herald deleted my sarcastic post on Gary Bettman’s Calgary appearance. Hence; I reproduce it here. Oh Yes, BTW Ken King of the Calgary Flames apparently used to work for the Calgary Herald.
This is what I said “Expect the Calgary Herald to delete posts representing articulate opinions against the construction of a new arena. Apparently Gary Bettman knows what you need and cerebral folks have provided him a forum to patronize.”
I premise my remarks by exclaiming that religion does not belong in the halls where governments administer legislation nor should legislation in any way be impacted by the interests of a religion. Secondly, I harbour absolutely no bias toward one religion versus another. Every individual should have their absolute freedom to express their religion so long as their expression does not impinge upon another’s ability to do so or for the activities of a group to function. Symbols of a religion should not be permitted in the premises of a secular legislative assembly. Law enforcement must dutifully execute hate laws to the letter of the criminal code and in fact if hate legislation needs to be strengthened in the context of a modernizing world, then so be it. In fact, if it wasn’t for indifference by administrative officials in our education system, adolescent lives could have been saved from bullying.
In lieu of my premise, the more I see these headlines of special interest groups attempting to garner comfort from my government, the more I see red. What is becoming of my governments? Have they become counselling chambers for the dispossessed? Have they become social engineering committees for those ill equipped to compete in a capitalist market? Have they become meeting places for lobbyists to sojourn? Have they become trading pits for swapping wealth? Could there be a swath of Canada growing impatient with government overreach emerging similar to the U.S. rust belt which thrust Donald Trump into power? Here is a message for Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley from this tax accountant who has now witnessed a 47 per cent top marginal Alberta tax rate pinned upon the most successful. Our forefathers did not serve dutifully in war for their descendants to become extorted from financially by you! (extortion – oppressive or illegal exaction, as of excessive price or interest). Start delivering an agenda that serves folks who fuel the salaries of those sitting on the public purse! Get our $160 million dollar per day debt paid down by doing the responsible thing. Rein in spending and get our country’s financial health in order so that Canadians can become unencumbered by an irrational tax rate!