So I can now say I have been to Nashville. Went on a holiday with family to Sweet Home Alabama and could not pass up the opportunity. Only been home a few weeks and already I have been offered a songwriting contract from one of the representitives that I met while I was down there. Not sure it’s for me but the whole experience has been flattering and encouraging nonetheless. See they want to re-reccrd four of my songs (Slow Down, Deep Inside, Full Of Greed, and Just For Me) in their studio in something called “Nashville Style” without me (different singer and a Full Studio Session Band) then they pitch them to artists like Tim Mcgraw, Shania etc and see if they will buy them. Sounds neat but I have to pay them to do that and on top of it they would keep a 5% Management fee from any royalties received (if I even receive any). So like I said before I am not sure I can do it let alone think its for me. I have been writing some new songs though and have that burning desire to get them out there and heard in front of a live audience. Its now been seven months since I have played a Toronto show but the workings are in place as we speak. Been planning for the 2010 release a little but boy next year is going to be a jam packed, fun filled, exciting adventure. I mean Canyon turns a year, Walden will turn three, My sister Dusty will be having her baby, Laura and I will be having our wedding, I will be returning to work (thank goodness the kids are actually driving me up the wall somedays and going back to work will actually be a whole lot easier then what I am doing now with the daddy daycare and all), and to think that I will be able to complete writing, practice, produce, record, mix, design, manufacture, promote and distribute an album is unlikely. There is even more to it then that but I can’t even think about it or my brain will explode. Anyway, Laura is doing well in her new job and the barn has come a long way. Who would have thought I would be able to mix concrete and repair the foundation in the middle of November. We are way ahead of schedule. The fence has been built with a little help from Trent and Glenn (including beautiful wood gates notched by me), the foundation has been restructured and patched, the windows installed, the barnboard replaced where needed, the gangway built up, stairs built, old floor patched, seven feet of straw removed (not to mention the numerous bees nests that were within it and yes Laura and I both got stung four times each by the beautiful bumble bee species), rooof patched, flower bed planted, doors framed and about three feet of manure removed. Funny though that if someone were to see the barn today you would still think it just looks like an old barn and really have NO IDEA how much work has been put into it already. Still have to lay the new floor, build doors, hang lights, decorations, pressure wash, scrub, and assemble things for the BIG BARN WEDDING Next summer. So what else is going on. Walden is comming a long way with his words – there is not a word he can’t say. Sentence structure is pretty good. He still does not understand the word “why” though or “how” and sometimes it seems as though he forgets what the word “no” and “stop” means also. He can be quite bossy sometimes and he still is not potty trained atleast not at home. He loves to use every bathroom that exists when we are out in public though so I know he can do it. Canyon is crawling like crazy and actually pulled himself up to a standing position today which made me think its been far to long since I have updated my blog. I mean time just goes by way too quickly – especially when you are emersed in a world of diapers, baby food and crying. Boy oh boy let me tell you a crying baby is going to get the best of me. I can’t take much more of a crying baby and even whining is making me crazy. Oh well I guess I have to put up with it – I mean it was my choice and all. We will just have to see what becomes of it it in my writing of new songs – hint, hint. lol !! Canyon’s words are still limited too so crying is the only real way he can express himself right. His vocabulary is basically limited too Da Da Da Da Da. He is hard to control right now though as we don’t have our play pen and he just goes, goes, goes and gets into everything JUST LIKE HIS BROTHER WALDEN DID! What else is going on – well Laura and I have been making and bottling wine for the wedding. Bottling the first batch was quite funny. We had to siphon the wine manually through a stubborn filter and by the time we got through about half it was hard to keep the siphon flow. To make a long story short we had a mishap corking where someone fell over and knocked about ten bottles of wine to the floor that leaked all over and eventually through the ceiling. Lets say we certainly did not save any money on that first attempt and had a little headache the next day. W should however break even on the third or fourth batch. I think we need an electric pump for the next time though. So what else is going on….hmmm…oh I know we tried installing the snowblower on the tractor for the first time and it took the whole day. It should not be so bad next time but boy did I get frustrated. I almost flipped over the tractor by hand trying to get it on. Anyway, looking forward to hitting the studio to record some new tracks. Have written about a third of the album and I think there just might be a few hits there. I am curious to see how it all unfolds this time with the new equipment and all. I still would like to go back and re-record many of my songs with the new equipment but I gess a “best of” album will have to wait. Anyway if you are reading this I thank you very much and appreciate any support that people have provided to my music in 2009. It has been a wonderful year for myself, my family, the barn and my music. I especially would like to thank Craig Ross (not that you will likely read this) for playing my songs on your radio show here in Barrie – it really is neat to hear yourself on the radio and wonder who else may be listening. I would also like to thank SOCAN for my Royalty cheques which have finally started to come in. I received three payments this year which is strong encouragement also – now only if I can sell some CD’s and get more people out to my shows then I would be completely satisfied with the effort put forth. Ok well I guess that is it for now. Enjow the rest of the fall season, don’t get carried away Christmas shopping, take care of yourself first, and and PLEASE DONT FORGET to drop into www.kitcairns.com to take a look around and wish me a Merry Christmas. Its gotten quite thorough at kitcairns,com with newer pictures, updated bio, more songs, lyrics, alanis section, journal, contacts, favourites section, free downloads, book page, links section, scrapbook, and hopefully a video section soon. If you drop in please sign my guestbook while your there and let me know what YOU ARE UP TO.
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