My Real-life Music Video

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peggys-cove.jpgToday culminates two amazing weeks in one of Canada’s most beautiful provinces. We’ve now covered Nova Scotia through and through and have been from the easternmost end to the westernmost. The shows we’ve had over the last two weeks have been excellent and we’ve met some amazing people along the way, both at the high schools we’ve presented at and the home’s we’ve been billeted in.The Nova Scotia leg started out in Sydney. Arriving after a long and snowy ride from Fredericton, we were happy to get some sleep. Thanks so much to Joe and Jema for putting us up and feeding us! The next day we headed next door to Florence to play at Dr. T.L. Sullivan Junior High for what was a great show for a great bunch of kids. Cape Bretoners are very kind and personable, and everyone we met while there was great to us in this way.From that point we headed west to play shows in Monastery, Halifax, Weymouth, Yarmouth, and again in the Halifax area. We had some great crowds at each show along the way, but most notably were the shows in Halifax and Weymouth. show.jpgThe energy that these kids had was amazing and we all really enjoyed playing for such a lively audience. These Nova Scotia shows have also been excellent because we’ve received a lot of great feedback from students who were especially touched by the messages in our personal stories. It’s always our hope that what we’re doing has a significant impact on the lives ofstudents. To hear first hand that it has is a great feeling!We’ve now just finished up an awesome weekend in Halifax where, despite a little bit of rain, we had the chance to do some extensive exploring through one of Canada’s most beautiful urban centres. Like all Nova Scotians, the people we met in Halifax were great. This is especially true of our last billets, Kermit and Jane. They, along with the rest of the team, were involved in coordinating a prank that I will not soon live down. Jonny, Alex and I were walking home from downtown Halifax when from behind, Jacob appeared, startling us and saying that he had just been walking around and saw us out of the blue.In perfect succession, Matt, Zoe, Jamie, and Joy all appeared within no more than one minute of each other. I don’t get overtly excited about many things, however, this seemingly random but magnificently orchestrated rendezvous of nearly the whole team had me telling the story about ten times to everyone.From Kermit and Jane to strangers and their dogs, I was adamant about letting everyone know about how we had all met up at the same location on the way home by chance. It came back to bite me, however, when over dinner Jamie asked me to tell the story one more time. At its culmination, I was devastated to find out that it had all been a prank and that Kermit had been depositing my team embers on streets nearby where I had been walking. What I thought had been a real-life music video as actually staged! Outraged, I continued eating and tried as best I could to not let my displeasure how.squirrel.JPGWe are now on our way back to New Brunswick for an exciting week that will also take us to Prince Edward Island for four nights. I am especially looking forward to PEI because I haven’t been there since I was 15. We’re looking forward to the rest of our time in the east, but also can’t wait to get back home.We’d like to give a big thank you to all the staff and students that attended our shows, and also to the people who have so graciously billeted us in their homes. That’s all for now. Take care!Ryan, Hearts in Stereo

Author: LiveDifferent

Date: March 13th, 2011