Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Road-trip begins...

Two days ago, Adam and I left Halifax at about 6:30pm to start out big adventure to Boston. On Thursday night we drove to Saint John in New Brunswick to stay at Adam's mom's house. The drive wasn't too bad but it did get dark pretty quickly, or at least it felt like it did. I once drove through New Brunswick a couple of years ago when I was on my way to Dalhousie but we didn't stay the night, so I never really counted it as a place I had been. This has now changed - Adam's mom's place was really nice and I slept so well to be prepared for the big trip the next day.

We got an early start on Friday morning, went to Cora's for breakfast, which always makes for a good start, and then started driving. Our first stop was Portland, Maine where we were staying the night. We arrived in Portland around 3:30 and our first order of business was to get to the Maine Mall and get an Ipad for Adam.

For those of you who are wondering - it is really super cool. Last night he loaded all the apps onto it and we played scrabble and he even found a Tenori app (which turns it into one of these music makers that I have always wanted.)  So this proved to be a worthy purchase.

It rained all day yesterday, and was sort of misty and foggy everywhere. Coming into Portland wasn't incredibly picturesque because f the weather but last night we had a little taste of the city when we went to One Longfellow Square to see one of Adam's favourite artist's play, Kris Delmhorst. The venue was this great little building in the shape of a triangle at the peak of an intersection. Everything around it in the intersection looked very cool and classy, restaurants and bars included.

The show was opened by guitarist, singer and illustrator, Andy Friedman. I really enjoyed his set as he reminded me a bit of a modern day Johnny Cash. His style was quirky and deep and all around really enjoyable. He also had illustrations for sale at the swag table and they were really great as well. His work has been featured numerous times in The New York Times which is also very cool.

Kris Delmhorst came on after and played a really awesome set. She was funny and interactive and her voice is beautiful. It really reminded me of how little folk music I have listened to lately, and how I should really start again. She also had her following of fans there who called out for her to play songs from 10 or 15 years ago - forcing her to recall the words. It was a great show and some good laughs as well. (Now if I could only forgive the obnoxious semi drunk lady in front of us who wouldn't stop pretending to whisper to her boyfriend throughout the entire show.)

After the show we walked back to our hotel about 15 minutes away and settled down to explore the Ipad's infinite capabilities. I am currently winning at a game of Scrabble.  We also watched Pirate Radio, a movie about a rock radio station in the 60s/70s that broadcasted from a boat, as it was the only way to play rock music legally  in a time of uptight crooner infested music.

So yesterday was a great time. We sang all day in the car, and imitated our Iphone GPS lady more than you can imagine. "Please turn left in 300 km" which should have been followed by "Please stop singing."

Today we are off to Boston where we will see David Sedaris live!!! I will keep you updated as I go. Stay tuned!


Ps if you are planning on being in the Boston area any time soon you should check this out as it sounds like it's going to be amazing. A folk opera.. oh yes!

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