That’s a line from my single Dictator and it has been described as an anthem at a time when we’ve never needed anything more. I suppose the Trump comparisons are warranted, although the song was written years ago. As is often the case, the true meaning behind a song is often only revealed years later if at all.
I’ve been asked to share a few words about the concepts and themes of my new record “the New Great Game” on this 8th of November release day and 45th presidential election. Yes 45: there have been 45 presidents of the United States – somehow that doesn’t seem like that many to me.
When I was about 10 (must have been 1987?) I was obsessed with 2 pop albums that I heard on the radio: Peter Gabriel’s “So”, and Kate Bush “Hounds of Love.” I’m not sure why but Hounds has always just made the hair on my arms stand up and made me feel super emotional.
It was the summer of 2014 and Andrew Johnston and the Hurricane were set to play another one of our celebrated artist tribute nights at Bistro de Paris in Montreal, this time in tribute to the great Ryan Adams. One of the songs that I knew had to go on the setlist was “La Cienga Just Smiled.”
When it came time to come up with a name for our son there were several front runners: Charlie and Warren. We ended up putting them together and calling our son Charles Warren. In time we stopped saying Warren, and now we just call him Charlie (its easier that way!). But his middle name is still Warren. So how did this come to be?
As many of you know, a few months ago we paid tribute to Ryan Adams as part of our ongoing residency at Bistro de Paris. Its a monthly night, where the Hurricane and I can get together with some of our favorite local songwriters to pay tribute to the music we love. We try to dial down the local scene attitude, create a fun welcoming vibe, and put together an evening that is all about the music. Over time I have come to dub this night “Evening of the gang of losers,” since I think that Dears song perfectly sums up what our little residency has become.
I took a crack as part of the tribute and this happened.
I am excited to announce that the 7th installment of my monthly residency at Bistro de Paris will feature Warren Zevon as our tribute artist.
When I was in my early 20s, I was living in a loft in the mile end neighborhood of Montreal, and playing in a rock and roll band called the Model Children. We were a hip, buzz band for about a year in Montreal, and we managed to get on some pretty big shows, opening […]
@dondilego remixed my track LITFW as part of the @jesse_malin @PledgeMusic for Jesse's New Album! Good work Don! https://t.co/80A10Fmus4 — andrew johnston (@andrewjmusic) March 4, 2014