I put a board up to block those damn sparrows from getting into my roof. I did! It worked! For a while. Then the board got moist and warped, creating a gap just large enough to admit a sparrow. They're flying up there with bits of straw now. They must not nest! It's a terrible idea, ya dumb birds! 

I can hear the SaskPower guy scolding an electrician outside. Why, you ask? Because today is the day that we're getting solar power flowing into our home. Suzi and I made the decision to spend the money on panels because it aligns with our values. I personally dislike how much energy in this province is generated by coal. As long as coal-burning generates power here, what's the environmental point of owning an electric car? Anyway, time will tell if we made a good investment. In 20 years will people point and laugh at our solar panels the way that we snicker at those big derelict satellite dishes from the late 80's? 

On May 20th, Mac Talla Quartet will be having a concert. This one will feature a bunch of my arrangements, as well as the three Playford dance pieces I wrote. It promises to be a lot of fun. There's something magical about the energy of this group, especially when we get on stage. If you happen to be in the neighborhood on the 20th, go to Grace Westminster church in Saskatoon at 2;30. You won't regret it. 

I'm still in the same place I was before, creatively. The new baby, cute though he is, doesn't give me much freedom to create, and his sleep habits are still not settled, so I must often support my wife. I really hope I can make something for you this month, and with enough time, I will. No guarantees, though. I am supposed to be on parental leave, after all. 

As always, I am grateful to have you with me on my journey as an artist. There will be more music and fiction soon, if not this month, then the next. Maybe! Thank you!