On our first road trip, Jeremy asked me why I liked him. His passion for writing and living his dream was first and foremost on the list. It’s been a long time since that conversation and there is so much more that I’ve learned about his passions and talent.
Music has been an integral part of his life since he was born. It is a rare moment in Jeremy’s life when he doesn’t have a song or a piece of music playing in his head. He plays the violin and the viola and the banjo and the mandolin AND he sings. He can hear a tune and tinkle it out on the ebonies and ivories the next second. There is a sweetness in the way he lulls our children to sleep with his voice. He knows song lyrics from Get a Little Mud on the Tires to Creep to Moon River to Cúnla. He’s been in many bands over the years including the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, several other orchestras, many string quartets, a few Celtic bands, and currently The Residuals and the most talented quartet he’s had the privilege of being a member of, Mac Talla Quartet.
Jeremy has been driven to write since he was young. Screenplays, short stories, novels, poetry – each creation comes from the many worlds of his imagination. I didn’t understand the vastness of his imaginary worlds at first. If he has a spare moment, he’s instantly transported to his imagination where he explores and creates and adventures. These worlds are where he finds his inspiration for what he brings to the page. His love of horror movies is really about challenging others and himself, being brave, seeing in the dark. The discomfort of being afraid begs for change – to find comfort. Conversely, his desire to make people laugh knows no bounds. He especially loves to challenge the status quo with his humour. Either way, I feel deeply when I get to experience his work.
As his partner, we have driven each other to greater heights and a little crazy along the way. It’s our dream to raise our two children to be socially responsible adults and be sure of who they are and what they want. We do this mainly by being responsible for our lives and being sure of who we are and what we want. Show them how to be brave by being brave. Show them how to live each day, every moment with passion by living with passion.
Becoming a bard, being able to combine his musical and literary worlds, is showcasing the best of what Jeremy has to offer. Listen to his readings, become entranced by the world he creates for you. Let his music inspire your body to move or your face to smile or tears to flow. He will if you let him.
Being A Bard
A bard’s role in society has changed. Record-keeping and storytelling were once synonymous. Storytelling as the primary form of a history meant that the storyteller’s role was vital – both as an entertainer to ensure others remembered the stories, but also as a sage who gathered lessons from the past to bestow to the young. We collect our own stories to measure our lives, but who tells them? We have social media, but when another tells our stories, we experience our lives differently. We can see the heroes and villains among us, in us.
In the classic sense, a bard writes verse or poetry and composes music somewhat like a minstrel. Today, we might call them folk singers, comedians, or pop stars. We are all artists.
Bards were also responsible for raising spirits – whether marching to battle or staying behind. This too happens today, in locker rooms, backstage and pep rallies.
Being a bard is about making you think and feel. It’s about interaction, in a way impossible with a screen. It’s about transporting the audience to somewhere they haven’t been before. It’s about making you uncomfortable, making you laugh, making you fearful or joyful, making you question things you take for granted, making you find the strength to do what you want.