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Border Crossing Story, Tour Completion, House Show Review

2015 March 2

Crossing the border into Canada

Canadian Border Guard: Where are you going?
Me: Hamilton, Ontario
CBG: What’s purpose of your stay? How long are you staying?
Me: I’m visiting friends on my return trip from New York. I’m returning to the states tomorrow.
CBG: What are you bringing?
Me: One suitcase and two guitars.
CBG: Are the guitars returning with you?
Me: Yes.
CBG: Thanks, here’s your license.

Crossing the border into the United States

US Border Guard: Why were you in Canada?
Me: I was visiting friends in Hamilton, Ontario.
BG: What do you have in your vehicle?
Me: One suitcase and two guitars.
BG: Why do you have two guitars?
Me: I played a music event in New York, so I was visiting friends on the return drive home.
BG: That didn’t answer my question. Why do you have two guitars.
Me: Um, I use two different guitar tunings during my shows.
BG: What is a guitar tuning?
Me: It’s how you tune the strings to different notes.
BG: When was the last time you were in Canada?
Me: Oh, I think about a year ago.
BG: So, you only see your friends once a year?
Me: [Pause, confused] Well, I know my friends from their recording studio, so I’ve hired them multiple times over the years to record my songs. This trip I was just visiting on my way back from New York.
BG: What type of place did you play in New York?
Me: A music venue that’s called–
BG: [Interrupting] Are you famous?
Me: No.

[Guard proceeds to search car, and examines guitar cases and guitars for five minutes.]

BG: Here’s your license.

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Review of House Show by Pull the Plug podcast: Pull the Plug | http://ow.ly/JPVwT
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Set List: March 1, 2015 – House Show hosted by Maisonneuve Music

  1. Damn Fine Day
  2. Tigerfish
  3. Don’t Mess Around with Jim (Jim Croce)
  4. I Just Want to Be Your Last
  5. Here Comes the Sun (Beatles)
  6. Burning Bright
  7. Drift Away (Dobie Gray)
  8. Made a Mess (accompanied by Michael Chambers on piano)
  9. Love Birds (accompanied by Michael Chambers on piano)
  10. We’re Not Here Anymore
  11. Mahogany

Big thanks to hosts, Michael and Kathleen! Special thanks to the Shannon and Justin from Pull the Plug podcast, and Glen from Hamilton Music Magazine for attending!

HouseShow hosted by Maisonneuve Music, photo by Pull the Plug podcast.

HouseShow hosted by Maisonneuve Music, photo by Pull the Plug podcast.

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House Show hosted by Maisonneuve Music, photo by Pull the Plug podcast. Accompanied by Michael Chambers, my producer from the previous records!

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House Show hosted by Maisonneuve Music, photo by Pull the Plug podcast. Wonderful opener: Emilio Bonito!

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