Sound Symposium XV: Day Five – Whales!

Prepare your ears! Morgan Murray will be blogging about the Sound Symposium XV for The Scope from July 2-12.

I had planned to go see and hear the Pat Boyle Quintet (with John Nugent, Jim Vivian, Mike Billard and Bill Brennan) and Yael Acher-Modiano perform at the LPSU Hall last night.

I got all gussied up, showed up to the hall with moments to spare, flashed my shiny press pass, and was told politely that for this particular show a press pass was no good. I am assuming that it was because of the high demand for tickets to see these local jazz heroes perform and not for the same reason that Adam Sandler doesn’t let the critics preview his movies. So I am not bitter.

But I am sure it would have been a great show.

There may have been a the few remaining tickets that I could have bought with real money, but I didn’t spend all of my parents’ hard-earned money on blogger school to have to spend my own hard-earned money when my press pass doesn’t work. So, rather than jazzing out at the LPSU I got myself a Townie Taco Salad from The Sprout and drove up to Signal Hill to watch the whales feasting on caplin and blow their own horns as the fog rolled in.

Yesterday I raved about how awesome ships are as far as humanmade things go and how badass the Harbour Symphony is. I stand behind all of that. But when you see a whale surface, and see and hear it spray, even from high atop Signal Hill, it blows any silly ship we might make out of the water (pun only somewhat intended).

So, while I sit this one jazz concert out, might I make a recommendation to the organizers of the Sound Symposium for making future Sound Symposia even more amazing: whale music. And not the strange Canadian Film Whale Music (you know? The one with Paul Gross), but take the idea behind the Harbour Symphony and make a whale symphony. Based on the stories I’ve heard about the two, it can’t be much more difficult to get whales to toot their horns in harmony than it is to get sailors to.

Sound Symposium XV, an international festival of new music and performing arts, continues from July 2-12 in St. John’s. You can find more information at their website.


  1. One with Knowledge · August 10, 2011

    What happened? We’re all breathlessly awaiting more coverage from The Scope!

  2. Morgan Murray · August 10, 2011

    There is more on the way. Keep your eye out.

  3. Elling Lien · August 10, 2011

    Elling went on holidays! NOOOooo