Moncton singer/artist Marc Little has been hard at work over the last few months with his band, The Watermen, putting together a new album called Crossroads. I had a sneak preview of the album over the Christmas holidays and really enjoyed it. The album is a mixture of pop/rock that comes close to crossing over to country in some areas. Marc says the first single should be released to radio stations in early February and the album release party will be held March 16 at Kody's on Mountain Road.

Alan Cochrane is an editor-at-large with the Times & Transcript. His column appears each Tuesday. He can be reached by e-mail at cochrana@timestranscript.com

Good luck with those 2009 resolutions

Published Tuesday January 6th, 2009
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I've never been big on the idea of New Year's resolutions, maybe because a promise never made is one that is never broken.

As we pack up all our Christmas loot, dismantle the tree and pin a new calendar on the wall, many of us feel the need to make fresh promises to ourselves, our loved ones, friends and co-workers. Of course there's nothing wrong with that. A new year seems the perfect time for a fresh start; to think about perhaps living more healthy, doing your job better, spending more time with your children, getting started on a pet project that has been put off for too long, or maybe learning a new skill, like playing a new musical instrument or finally doing something with all those cool tools you got for Christmas.

For all of you who have made resolutions this year, I wish you the best of luck in accomplishing those goals.

Since this is my first column of 2009, I'd also like to take a minute to wish a happy new year to some of the people that made me smile, laugh and shake my head in 2008.

Since I spend a fair amount of time at the rinks, I'd like to salute all the hockey parents out there who spend so much time chauffeuring, coaching and cheering for their kids. I hope they all keep a positive attitude and remember that it should be fun for everyone. I had to shake my head a couple of weeks ago when we were attending a tournament and got into the awkward position where our team was winning every game by a substantial margin. Some people say that winning isn't everything, it's the only thing, but the thrill of victory can turn sour when you've got parents on the other side screaming profanities at the referees, coaches, parents, tournament organizers and even the guy driving the Zamboni.

The ugly scene continued in the parking lot as a couple of these overzealous hockey dads started slamming car doors and making up all kinds of excuses, including accusations that the winners had a "stacked" team. We all know that losing is no fun, but come on people, part of being a parent is setting a good example in good times and bad times. Sportsmanship comes in many forms.

I'd also like to throw some best wishes for '09 to some of my musician friends.

Moncton singer/artist Marc Little has been hard at work over the last few months with his band, The Watermen, putting together a new album called Crossroads. I had a sneak preview of the album over the Christmas holidays and really enjoyed it. The album is a mixture of pop/rock that comes close to crossing over to country in some areas. Marc says the first single should be released to radio stations in early February and the album release party will be held March 16 at Kody's on Mountain Road.

Another hard-working musician is Chris Colepaugh, who's been touring all over the Maritimes and Ontario in recent months and had his poor old van break down somewhere in Ontario.

I'd also like to wish a happy and productive 2009 to my old buddies Pete Post and Neil Kennedy of Big Whale, another hard-working band of guys who still find the time out of their day jobs and family duties to make music and entertain folks with a truly bizarre and fun repertoire of old favourites. Where else could you hear a rock band put strange spin on dance songs from the '70s and '80s?

There are lots of other hard-working part-time and full-time musicians around Metro Moncton and the scene seems to be growing. I have to salute the guys who work real jobs through the week, find time to do some rehearsals and then get up on stage to entertain people. They obviously do it for fun because they don't get paid much, and should be praised for doing their part to stop the spread of karaoke.

A lot of these people keep in touch with their friends and fan base through Facebook, the online networking site. Some people think Facebook is just for kids to spread gossip, but adults like it too because it provides a platform to reconnect with old friends and keep tabs on new ones. For artists and musicians, it's a great way to keep people up to date with new releases and upcoming events.

Some singer/songwriters I know even record themselves performing new songs and post them straight to their profile site for their friends to see instantly and comment on.

I was reading an article the other day about how Facebook is also spanning the generation gap and creating awkward moments between parents and their teenage kids. For example, a lot of kids refuse to add their parents as "friends" because they don't want them to see the conversations and photos they share between friends their own age. Fair enough, that would be like a parent intruding into the kids' treehouse or reading their diary.

But another twist on this is that grown-up parents sometimes post photos of their wild-and-crazy party days on their Facebook profiles. Imagine the shock some kids might have when they see a picture of their mom from "the glory days" in big '80s hair and a slinky outfit -- OMG!

I guess that's the lesson: don't put it out there unless you don't mind people seeing or reading it. But unlike a tattoo, you can always erase the photos if they cause too much of a stir.

So for all you parents, musicians, artists and Facebookers out there, have a happy and productive 2009. Be good, respect others, work hard and have some fun.

n Alan Cochrane is an editor-at-large with the Times & Transcript. His column appears each Tuesday. He can be reached by e-mail at cochrana@timestranscript.com

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