February 21st @ Free Times Café

So there’s this type of liquor that is popular in the Middle East called arak (no, that’s not how the country got its name). It has a liquorice flavour and I’m not particularly fond of it. On the other hand, it’s not like I’m terrified of it. But apparently not only are some people terrified by the drink but there is even a name for the terror people have of that drink – arachnophobia.

Wait a minute, I have to check something.

OK, turns out I was wrong about that; arachnophobia has something to do with spiders apparently. Speaking about fears of other living creatures, did you know that there are people who are afraid of an imaginary rabbit used to sell cereal? Really. People who have this fear have what is referred to as triskaidekaphobia.

Wait a minute again, please.

Appears I was wrong about this one too (wow, twice in one day – this has never happened to me before). Triskaidekaphobia has nothing to do with the fear of the rabbit who markets Trix cereal, but rather fear of the number 13. You may scoff at this fear, but take a look at the elevator buttons when you go up in a big building and see how many have a 13th floor – not a lot. In fact, according to the folks at Otis Elevators, who would know something about this, 85% of buildings in the U.S with 13 floors or more skip the number 13 – (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-13/why-are-we-still-making-buildings-without-a-13th-floor-).

You know who isn’t afraid of the number 13? Those brave, courageous and strong women and men who make up Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room. We are not troubled at all with the number 13, in fact we embrace it. How do we embrace it? By proudly proclaiming the fact the we are now starting our 13th year of shows at the Free Times Café (College just west of Spadina). Yes, it has been 13 years since we started our monthly run of shows, and we’re looking forward to year 13 as much, if not more, than any of the other years (not that there was anything wrong with the other years, just saying that we’re not hiding that this is year 13).

We’re starting our 13th season of shows on Sunday, February 21 (we wanted to do it on February 13, but that’s not the third Sunday in February, it’s not a Sunday at all). To celebrate, we’re starting the show at 8 pm and there will be no cover (true, that’s kind of the drill for all our shows, so it might be a reach to say we’re doing this to celebrate something). Anyway, to show your non- triskaidekaphobian side, please come out to see us this month, or any other month during our 13th season.

Jonathan

P.S. As it turns out, I won’t be at our February show, but that’s not because I’ve managed to arrange things so I’m out of town in order to avoid anything to do with the start of our 13th season. It’s just how things, conveniently, worked out. But you go, have a great time, the band will be hot and there is nothing to worry about. Really. Just don’t order the arak and Trix cocktail.


February 21st Set List
Set #1 Set #2
Setting Course For Lewis
Old Paint
Wagon Wheel
Ventura
Prairie Lullaby
Midnight On The Water
The Reason I Left Mulligar
Still A Part Of Me
Tell Me Ma
Oh Sister
White Bird
Bad Hand
Amie
She’s Not There
Honey Don’t
Pancho And Lefty
You’re Running Wild
The Rose
Five Days In May
Boats To Build
Get Together
Niel Gow’s Lament For His 2nd Wife
There Stands The Glass
You Win Again
Bad Weather
Hallelujah, I’m A Bum
For No One
Hasn’t Hit Me Yet