TRURO – Some local artists are hoping to bring written words back into café settings.
Chad Norman is launching an ‘All is Well Mixture’ event at the Calabay Café on June 12 at 7 p.m., with hopes of taking it across the province.
“I wanted to host it here at the Calabay Café, where Fair Trade left off,” said Norman, a poet who will be one of six artists – poets and musicians – to participate in the event. “There is a good vibe when you come in here, and there is a constant list of musicians on Friday nights. It’s got that scene again. With the art scene here, musicians are so prominent and poetry is a close twin, it’s a friend to it.”
Along with Norman, poets Libby Schofield and Paul Zann are on the roster for the evening event, along with musicians Dave Hayman, Dale McCabe and Brian Porter.
“There’s an extremely positive vibe being part of something Chad organizes,” said Hayman, who plays the dulcimer and performed at another one of Norman’s events, River Words. “He’s a great guy and we always talk about positive stuff. We have some cool conversations. We’re interested in the same writers and musicians.”
Two years ago, Hayman said he was performing “old school, negative metal” but he said his style of music isn’t like that.
“I’m tired of the loud and aggressive music that promotes violence,” he said. “It’s negative that sells and I’m not into that. I’m excited to get up and play. I’m hoping to have a positive impact on listeners instead of mortifying them.”
Last summer’s River Words was the first public appearance for Hayman playing the dulcimer and he’s enthusiastic to do it again.
For the ‘All is Well Mixture,’ Norman said the idea came about through Jack Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues’ 239th Chorus – lines eight through 16 that end ‘Like a hermit’s joy, or like the perfect cry of some wild gang at a jam session.’
“I thought, keep it simple, and use that expression. You can use it when it comes to music and art, and cafés are such a cool venue to prove that,” Norman said.
While the first event hasn’t even happened yet, Norman said there is already some excitement and interest to take it on the road with himself, Hayman and McCabe.
“We’ll possibly take it to other cafés,” he said. “Chatterbox Café in Pugwash is going to confirm up a date, and we’re looking to take it to other cafés across the province,” he said.
“Hopefully people will gravitate to it,” added Hayman. “I think it’s better to listen to what people are saying in a café style, than spending money to go to a bar and listen to generated music.”