Legend has it, if musicians spend enough time around the roaring waters of Niagara Falls, they end up making music in various shades of blue. If you time it right, the drive from Niagara to Ottawa is 5 hours even. Strange and unpredictable things happen in Canada's capital. For instance, you might learn your neighbour is a top-notch musician from Romania and that, he, too, has the blues. You dig around Wakefield, Kemptville, Shawville: all blues towns.
Then, one morning you find yourself in New Orleans, Louisiana surrounded by rhythm and tradition; old, new, borrowed blues - the kind that shake you. You order another coffee, write your legal limit in songs in the French Quarter and shove them in your suitcase. Back home, you find a barn in Chelsea, Quebec to record those Southern songs. A warm breeze blows and you end up on Beale St in Memphis, Tennessee sharing the songs you wrote in New Orleans with the blues guy from Romania you met in Ottawa. The blues will keep you occupied!
You stop for lunch in Hamilton and ten years pass. A global pandemic brings new shades of blue so you call that Ottawa friend and meet for a studio weekend in Toronto to record 'Mave's Variety'. You bring some Niagara accomplices, too.
Believe it - it's all true.