Tuesday, August 10, 2010

talking smack to the kids

The hunter becomes the hunted. Twice, actually.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a couple of journalism students from Mount Royal University. They were both writing articles about various aspects of the Calgary Folk Festival for the Calgary Journal, and they wanted to pick my squirmy brain.

Mayan asked me for my thoughts on the workshops, which everybody knows is where the magic really happens. I'm pretty sure I was just fantasizing when I talked about African drums harmonizing with bagpipes, which she mentions in her article, Small stages, big opportunities for unpredictable harmonies, but I'll throw that out there as a suggestion for next year's festival.

Meanwhile, Sean-Paul contacted me for my perspective on the environmental initiatives undertaken by the folk festival. In his article, Folk Fest treads lightly, he even does me the honour of giving me that final quote, that final all-important zinger line, which wraps up the entire piece.

For the record, that damned composter is still stonewalling.

9 comments:

Allison said...

I think you should get a stipend for all the promoting you do for the Folk Festival! :)

I found myself giving quotes to the newspaper this week as our street art was put in place (thankfully I was out of town for the photo opt). It's nice to talk about projects/events you genuinely enjoy isn't?

Will said...

Look at that - you have reached expert/consultant level :)

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Barbara Bruederlin said...

I don't know about you, but I could go on for hours, Al. Mind you, you are very used to being interviewed by now. Remember when I interviewed you for that Smithers' Museum piece? That was fun.
Huzzah on getting the street art in place!

Haha, or perhaps just someone who has a reputation for saying nice things about the folk festival, Will.

I'm not buying anything from you, herbal911.

Thanks, Mr Anchovy! It was pretty fun to be on the other side of the mic.

kelly said...

what is happening with what composter?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

My backyard composter stopped working a couple of years ago, Kelly. Stuff just sits in there, not decomposing.

kelly said...

that's very odd. Must be some kind of black hole or something, where nothing happens. That reminds me I have compost that's been ready for a couple years. I don't know why I save it. It seems to be kind of like that new shirt that you like but are saving for special times because you don't want to get it stained or wear it out.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh Kelly,you shouldn't worry about getting your compost stained or worn out! Use it, man! And think of those of us who live in areas where composters die.