October 18th @ Free Times Café

I’ve noticed that whenever I ask people how they’re doing (which I do because I’m a polite person willing to feign interest in the lives of others) I am almost always given the answer, “O.K., but I’m really busy.” Being busy is clearly the thing to be these days.

Recently I met up with a friend who’s been retired for a year or so and when I asked him how he was he said, “I’m great, but I’m surprised at how busy I am.” And then, thinking that I cared, he went on to tell me about the lunches he was having, the shows he was seeing, the books he was reading, the trips he was taking, and his volunteer work. As I pretended to listen to him I thought: “You’re not busy you’re retired, you’re doing what retired people do and that doesn’t make you busy.”

This summer I asked my nine year old niece how she was enjoying her break from school. What did she say (you guessed it) “It’s good, but I’m really busy.” “0h” I asked, “busy how? Are you working in a store, are you chopping wood, are you operating a seven day a week toy library?” “No silly?” she replied (I get that a lot from folks, I’m not sure why). “I have soccer and play dates and swimming.” That’s not busy, that’s summer vacation.

When did living your life become synonymous with being busy? It’s like we have a pathological fear of not being busy, or at least of not being seen to be busy, because most folks who say they’re busy aren’t really busy, they’re just doing what people do.

What about me, you may wonder. Am I busy? Well first, thanks for asking, and second, you bet I’m busy. I’m busier than (and at this point I was going to insert an “I’m busier than a…” joke but I couldn’t think of a good one so I Googled “I’m busier than jokes” and got a whole bunch of them none of which were even remotely funny although a number were pretty offensive and so, being the busy guy that I am, I decided just to drop the whole attempt to find a joke here because I don’t have time).

As busy as I am however, I’m not too busy to play music with my nine busy musical friends who make up Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room. This month, as with all months, we’re playing on the third Sunday of the month which in this case is October 18 at the Free Times Café (on College just west of Spadina). Let me pause here to say that when I am asked why we always play the third Sunday of every month at the Free Times Café the answer is because we’re just too busy to try to book gigs on other nights.

The show starts at 8, there’s no cover and there will be lots of different tunes taken at the pace that each of them requires because even if you’re busy, you can’t rush a good tune (unless it’s a tune by Rush, in which case I suppose you’d have to rush the tune).

Hope to see you there, I’ll be the guy with the mandolin who’s looking busier than a… (No, still can’t find anything remotely funny, sorry).

– Jonathan

P.S. I am not too busy to include a couple bagpipe jokes because there lots of them, and they’re good. Here are two:

Q. What’s the only thing worse than a bagpiper?
A. We’re still trying to find out.

Q. What’s the one thing you never hear people say?
A. Oh, that’s the bagpipe player’s Porsche.

October 18th Set List
Set #1 Set #2
Rustic Bridge
Weldon Chan
Dirty Old Town
Third Rate Romance
Girl Crush
Take Me Away Somewhere
Nigel’s Love Song
Divorce Me C.O.D.
A Little Bit Of Rain
Pair Of Brown Eyes
She’s Not There
Volcanic Jig
Lost On The Bayou
What Was I Thinking?
It’s Impossible
Tunnel Vision
Roddy McCorley
Long Black Rifle
Wagon Wheel
I Only Want To Be With You
I Wanna