1 Degree of Separation

May 5, 2014

Many moons it has been since sharing a barding adventure here.  Lately I have been reporting more from my email newsletter (email michael@michaelaverill.com to receive these) or my music website http://michaelaverill.com/, but recently I have felt inspired to start writing here again.

Over the last year I have been amazed with the idea that everyone is connected with 6 degrees – ie, through at least 6 people you know somebody who knows somebody……spooky!!

However, my recent year has yielded a great deal of empirical evidence that this in fact, is not the case.  I have concluded that it is more accurate to claim 1 Degree of Separation.  An example you say?  Of course…….:).

Through my I’d Rather Walk Tour, it seems almost every person I meet knows a mutual friend or family member.  A couple of weeks ago I went to the Nanaimo Folk Connection Coffee House to meet a woman that shared the same last name – Sue Averill (an amazing host and a wonderful musician).  She heard an interview I did with CBC last year, and connected with me out of curiosity due to our mutual last name.

The night happens on the 3rd Friday of every month, with an open stage and a feature act, unplugged/completely acoustic.  I played a few tunes and shared the story of my Dad’s song history with CBC, and why I am doing what I am doing now.  Afterwards, a man named Mike Sadava, who was playing in the feature band, came to talk to me about a man he knows that is writing a book about walking.  He also asks if I know a Mavis Averill…….haha….Mavis is my Aunt, and it turns out that until last year, he lived in the same neighbourhood in Edmonton as my Aunt, my Aunt sang harmonies with him ages ago, and his wife Anne was in a book club with her to boot!

The plot thickens……..

Mike put me in touch with a man named Keith Encinas and his wife Keli- house concert hosts on Vancouver Island, and a truly inspiring family.  It worked out for me to play at a fundraiser last night with them to help raise money for the Cancer Society and the Bandwagon Project, driven by The Lion, The Bear, The Fox, and Music Heals.  Incredible projects that I was happy to support….and once again, by 1 Degree, I know the guy driving Music Heals (Chris Brandt), so the circle just keeps spinning round……..

Crazy, yet again, how small this blue and green sphere we live on is.  I would be willing to bet that at any given time, if you are around people, someone is connected to you via one person!!  Just ask :).

On a completely random note – Keith took me to Thetis Lake yesterday in the Victoria region – an absolutely beautiful park and trail system. Highly recommended to go!  It is the time of season where the Arbutus trees are shedding their bark, and with a touch of rain, was one of the coolest forests I have walked through.  I took a photo of one of the bronzy orange under layer of one tree, and wanted to share it with you below.  If you look closely, there is an “HS” carved into the bark…….Any thoughts or made up stories as to what it means or stands for?   There will be prizes for the most creative interpretations!

Stay tuned for more barding stories…………………..CAUSE THE BARD IS BACK!!

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