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  1. Is anyone interested in helping me get the lyrics transcribed correctly for Sleepyhead by Surprise Me Mr. Davis?

    I have the album version and it's hard to make out the words.  This youtube version conflicts a little bit but also helped, so I'll add that here.

    I'm confident with most of the words transcribed, but I highlighted those that don't really make sense.


    this morning i went straight to the mountain and there i arose some sleep
    to the pounding of a thousand hearts dancing light on their feet
    i walked on my hands, spun on my head, and puffed away my sins
    i stepped barefoot from my bed right into the ducking jughead bins

    rise and shine sleepyhead,
    up and out ‘em outta bed the day’s a’new
    and love’s been lookin’ for you
    rub your eyes you got something to do,
    you’re a miracle boy

    how could i be so afraid through so also last night outside myself  (this is slightly different on the album)
    i bet the sun shines so today, like there’s love and nothing else
    i’ve been broke so many ways then whatever holds your spirits
    but just maybe like the morning rays of the sun across the hills

    rise and shine sleepyhead,
    up and out ‘em outta bed the day’s a’new
    and love’s been lookin’ for you
    rub your eyes you got something to do,
    you’re a miracle boy

    (this section doesn't appear on the album)

    you see i was stuck inside my head but then life pulled me right from bed
    saying you’re just asleep you are not dead and like mama always said 

    rise and shine sleepyhead,
    up and out ‘em outta bed the day’s a’new
    and love’s been lookin’ for you
    rub your eyes you got something to do,
    you’re a miracle boy



  2. I watched this documentary the other night during a live screening over Zoom and Youtube with panel hosted by Greg Hemmings along with Jon Fishman, J. Willis Pratt, John Kasiewicz.   (The panel was made available on youtube here

    You may remember Greg's project, A Head's Tale from 2002 which visited the Come Together Festival along the way ;)

    The documentary itself, is only about 1/2 hour and is a very interesting documentary about a guy I would never have heard of, if it weren't for Hemmingshouse putting together this production, finishing it and releasing it for free.

    According to the creators, there is alot more to this story and this is really just a small taste of Pratt's life and connections.  

    They've released it early, and for free on youtube while also putting a call out for people to share also for donations towards Pratt's treatments.   (I don't see a link to a campaign available yet).  

    Totally worth the time to watch.   




    J. Willis Pratt is a rock icon virtually unknown outside his home state of Vermont. He’s lived a difficult life, including extended bouts of homelessness, but he’s never abandoned his rock ‘n roll dreams. That’s attracted a legion of friends, fans and music collaborators, including Jon Fishman, drummer for the band Phish. When Willis was diagnosed with cancer, his band came together to join him for a benefit concert in Plainfield, Vermont. Filmmaker Greg Hemmings was there to capture that show and the story of truly remarkable friendships that have endured for decades. That film, “When You Are Wild: A Day in the Life of J. Willis Pratt,” will debut to a global audience on Friday May 8th at 6 pm ET on the Hemmings House YouTube channel.

    Longtime member of Phish, the film’s co-producer and drummer for Willis’s band, Jon Fishman, ends the film by reminding the live audience that, “no one lives to rock like J. Willis Pratt. Let this be a lesson for us all to internalize.” Willis once lived out his rock dream as an opening act for Phish in Albany, New York in front of nearly  20,000 fans.

    “This film proves that music can heal the soul,” says Greg Hemmings. “It’s one of the most emotionally charged stories we've ever had the opportunity to film. Willis is a remarkable person facing a very difficult challenge, but it’s his passionate approach to rock that keeps him going and has attracted so many friends who care so deeply for him.”

    The hard-rocking benefit show will also be pressed into a limited edition vinyl record.

    The band’s bass player, and co-producer John Kasiewicz says of the film, “This documentary shines a light directly on what makes Willis one of the most prolific and passionate rock songwriters the world has ever known. His ability to take on significant challenges in life while never compromising his sense of humor and compassion is a story that needs to be told.”

    It’s free to watch the film on YouTube, but people are encouraged to contribute to a GoFundMe campaign to help Willis with his medical bills. 





  3. They're already pushing 2021 though.   They certainly would like to encourage people who purchased passes to avoid refunding for this year and let it roll.  It's interesting to me how advance ticket purchases have incremented from a few months, to 8 months and now we're at 15 months advanced ticketing.   I'm waiting for the "lifetime festival pass" to be introduced by a festival. 

    RBC Bluesfest organizers today confirmed that Rage Against The Machine and Alanis Morissette will, in fact, be included in the 2021 program, along with numerous other exciting acts that were confirmed on the festival website, yesterday.

    “On the heels of announcing the cancellation of our 2020 event a few days ago, we are happy to share what we consider to be some pretty great news for 2021,” says Mark Monahan, the festival’s executive and artistic director. “We know 2021 seems like a long time coming, but this announcement is something we believe a lot of ‘fest fans will be happy to hear, and something they can mark on their calendars for the coming year.”

    RBC Bluesfest is planned to run from July 8 to 18, 2021.


    Having been at the helm of RBC Bluesfest since 1994, I can say that although we have weathered many storms, including a tornado in 2005, a stage collapse in 2011, and a family of stubborn killdeers in 2018, COVID-19 is one that we cannot overcome in 2020.

    Even a month ago, the idea that we might not hold the 27th edition of the festival was unthinkable. But in light of the serious situation confronting us this summer, it is with a heavy heart that I must announce that the RBC Bluesfest for 2020 is cancelled. 

    First and foremost, all ticket purchasers will be entitled to a full refund. We understand how important that is to many in this time of uncertainty. We are honoured that so many of you put your trust in us by purchasing advance tickets, and while our plans have changed for 2020, rest assured we are moving forward with future projects to bring music to our community. More on that later.

    Our decision to cancel was not taken lightly.  Over the past several weeks, we have listened to advice from healthcare professionals and government officials, and heard the concerns of our patrons. We fully agree that public health must come first—now and always – and support the measures being taken to ensure the health of our community.

    Again, I want to thank everyone for your loyalty and patience as we weighed our options and assessed the potential outcomes of various ways forward.

    To our ticket holders: before you choose to refund your ticket purchase, we would like you to consider the following information: 

    • We are working to reschedule many performers for 2021, and will update fans regularly as these acts confirm. Currently we have booked (in alphabetical order): Billy Talent, Blink-182, Blue Rodeo, Boyz II Men, Dashboard Confessional, Jack Johnson, July Talk, King Crimson, Lil Tecca, Patrick Watson, Sharon Van Etten, The National. We’ll also be adding more exciting talent to next year’s event, which will provide the same level of world-class musical performances you have come to expect.

    • RBC Bluesfest is one of the longest operating employers in the festival and entertainment community in Ottawa. This cancellation will cause financial hardship for our organization, but we are already in the midst of planning for 2021 and have committed to keeping our staff employed and working on next year's event. We are also exploring new digital initiatives to further our reach and be more accessible to our community.

    • We are continuing to deliver multiple community programs including 'Be the Band' virtually, and will resume in-person programs once we are able to. We have been reaching over 7,000 local youth, students and aspiring musicians annually through all of our community programs, since 1999. These programs employ local artists year round and positively influence our local youth through the spirit of music.

    Finally, most of our funding comes from you, our ticket purchasers. We cannot thank you enough for your twenty-six years of ongoing support. It is critical to the survival of the festival.

    We encourage you to think about keeping your ticket for next year, which will help support our local non-profit organization to continue to retain our staff, employ local artists, and deliver an exceptional festival in 2021. Many of our sponsors, volunteers, and supporters have already recommitted to us and we are grateful for their support, now and ever.

    We fully understand if you choose to refund your ticket and will move quickly to make this happen. However, we also want to express our commitment to our community at this date – we are not going anywhere, and when the time is right we will gladly welcome you back to our events. 

    Until then, stay safe, stay healthy, and take good care of one another. We wish you the very best and hope to see you soon.

    Mark Monahan
    Executive/Artistic Director
    RBC Bluesfest
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