It tickles me all sorts of colours to make this post!  6 years ago, when I started writing this blog about barding, it was before the days of having my songs recorded.  Flash forward to now…..and a fourth album has appeared!!

While What’s Life All About?, New Day, New Path, New Legend, and I’d Rather Walk involved “going,” on barding journeys and visiting new people/communities, I feel the latest project, All We Ever Need, is the first one that really captures the stories from having “been,” barding in a new world…..Ironically, the new world is my own home country of Canada!

It sounds funny to say that, but I had spent a lot of time exploring other countries in the world.  It dawned on me I knew very little, and had seen less of Canada…..something to be remedied.

Through the I’d Rather Walk project, I’ve covered just over 2200 miles (3500+ Km) since 2013 in a variety of provinces.  In terms of new music, my original intent was to hold off making a new record until the walk project was complete.  However, new people enter your life, new encounters shift your outlook, life changes, and I couldn’t be happier for this.  That is All We Ever Need in a nutshell, and has emerged as a part two continuation of I’d Rather Walk.  I am thrilled to finish this adventure with its stories and lessons by my side, and am so excited to share them with you!

I am aiming to finish getting to know Canada on foot by 2020, so keep your eyes out for a wandering minstrel with a backpack, guitar, and a smile on his face :).

To listen to the new album, All We Ever Need, venture to this link, http://michaelaverill.com/all-we-ever-need-is-here-and-available-to-the-world and it will take you to the various forms and places you can experience it.  Enjoy, leave a thought, and see you down the road….

Mr. Bard

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These Shoes

March 2, 2015

Today, my barding self is another year older, and I find myself pausing for reflection.   Exactly 3 years ago, I released my very first recording – What’s Life All About?, a collection of songs I haphazardly recorded myself with a couple of microphones and my laptop.  It was symbolic of many changes in my life – the biggest of all being the decision to go down a full time musical road.

In anticipation of a different life, I made a small purchase – my first ever with the intention of walking down that path.  Naturally, they were a pair of shoes.  Here…meet my shoes………..

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Starting a new journey takes a good pair of shoes, but I had no idea the magnitude of adventure that awaited me with these guys.  They have stood with me upon many stages, they have been amongst some of the highest mountains (literally), they have walked the soil of many countries and coastlines.  They have known love, loss, friendship, life, death, and every emotion that travels alongside those feelings.  They have known the spectrum of magic from the lift of inspiration, to the devastation of failure, and carried on.

These shoes have endured much more than I could have ever imagined.  They are a vault of invaluable memories, and will always have a special place in my heart.

The soles have finally worn through, and it is time for a new pair of shoes.  However, I am keeping these guys for sentimental reasons, perhaps making a guest appearance in the future for special occasions :).

Do you have a special connection with an old pair of shoes?  Never thought I could have become so attached to them.

In honour of my shoes, I leave you with a tune from that first recording I did, inspired by my sister-in-law, Steph.  May your feet guide you to many wonderful memories, people, and experiences, and may you have a friendly pair of shoes to share the ride with!

Follow Your Feet… (click to listen)

Mr. Bard