I know lots of areas are suffering today from Irene, but things seem thankfully untouched here in Edmundston.
So now, we're very much on the way home.
After two long days of driving, we decided to spent the next two nights of our tour just as we began - in Montreal.
We had dinner in a fantastic Italian restaurant with a super-cheap lobster special and platters of pasta. When the violinist visited our table, he played my request of La Vie en Rose. What a glorious start to the evening!
As we wandered the streets of Montreal, we found a sprawling music store called Archambault. It was huge! The first floor and basement contained CDs and DVDs. The Gospel section and the Swing section were side by side - it's like it was designed for me!
The second floor contained thousands of music books, sheet music, scores, and even more CDs and listening stations.
The third floor contained instruments and gear, so this is where we spent most of our time. In every city we visit, Gerald always tries to find locally built guitars, and there are lots in Montreal. We found some great handmade Boucher guitars, including a big-sounding, tiny guitar that we took turns playing. It's rare we both fall in love with the same guitar, and it was difficult to leave her behind.
Gerald also tried a Daddy Mojo. He had seen them online and was very curious. The body of the guitar is a wooden cigar box. Each one is handmade, and the sound is bluesy. They look outrageously cool, but Gerald decided it's more a guitar to look at than play.
One of my favourite memories of tonight: playing a two-guitar version of Brighter Happy Day in the guitar room.
I haven't been playing guitar in our shows lately. I think I want to change that...