From Paris with Love
Yes, Jamie and I are nearing the end of our two-week residency in Paris—first time we’ve been back since 2014—and it seemed weird not to acknowledge how excited I am to be here again—thus this post. Paris is always its own reward, but this visit comes with the bonus of being my first time back since my sabbatical. My sabbatical was great, but also not great: every two days I got bizarre e-mails from the college, which ended up being a drag on my soul. Thankfully, as you know, I’m no longer a professor and so no longer am plagued by departmental e-mails of the haughty, passive-aggressive, and, mostly, outright aggressive kind.
Yes, I did need to get that shot in! No, I could not resist!
But, speaking of shots, Novak Djokovic has won the U.S. Open and, like the great man says, regret is a waste of time, be in the now, celebrate the future. Is there really ever any better advice than that? No. Well, yes—practice your forehand drop shot, but that is not our concern today. Today, our concern is posting pictures of ourselves in Paris. But first, let’s sneakily peak into the future, shall we?
Our immediate future runs through a week’s holiday in Costa Brava. After that, Lieutenant-Colonel David Davis is booked into the studio to start recording November 1, so I am just trying to stay calm for a couple weeks longer over here, before I start getting super excited about that. I previously announced five songs, but now we are up to seven. Holy, that is a lot of new songs! Holy, seven is a holy number! That’s a whole album’s worth: let’s be honest with each other and call an album an album when we see it, ok? Mon Dieu, tabarnac, let’s go!
Speaking of LCDD, my better half in the band, Cole Friesen, is in rehearsals for a cross-Canada tour of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s greatest hits, which begins later this month. With me being in Paris and Cole playing Andrew Lloyd Weber, if our next album ends up sounding a lot like Phantom of the Opera, now you know why.
My better half in life, Jamie Friesen, took most of these photos and has been my constant companion in Paris as everywhere else and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope this short note finds you happy and content, and I thank you very much for kind attention and support.