The son of hippy counterculture parents, John tells us all about his musical education; from playing violin, to doing live sound, to finally settling into his career as a Juno award winning engineer, working with likes of Tom Cochrane, Triumph and Voivod. We discuss the ups and downs of the industry, professionalism, and his thoughts on music as an art form. Further discussion has us delving into the world of mental health and marrying his teenage sweetheart.
Monthly Archive: September 2015
Growing up in a small town in Ontario, Canada, restless, this adventure seeker was always looking to break out and explore the world around him. Andrew’s early life had him touring Canada with rock band, the Rheostatics, and getting married to a woman 12 years his senior while taking on the responsibility of her young children. Later we learn of the tragic loss of his first wife, and find out at 38 years old, alone, with 4 children, how his faith and general approach has carried him to rediscover life in many fascinating and exciting ways.
Welcome to Part 2 of Mark Auld’s race thru life.
We pick up in this episode discussing his first marriage, a further tumultuous relationship, and his continued spiral into drugs and alcohol, depression, and his attempt at suicide. More years of counseling, and an arrest follow, before Mark begins to turn things around. New and amazing changes in his life offer a strong foundation and meaning to his life, something he can finally sink his teeth into in a positive life-restoring way. Another honest and reflexive story of redemption.
We’ve got another two-parter for you, my AirHead Hardcore. Every once in a while a life-story is so jammed packed with information and adventure, we need to split it up, and Mark’s is most certainly one of those.
Mark takes us on a long and wild journey of turmoil and chaos. He explains his live hard, die young attitude, and how his heavy substance taking bandaged his insecurity and depression. In this episode we learn of his thrill seeking, bone breaking ways, jumping snowmobiles, leaping off cliffs, and his complete lack of concern for his well being. Morphing from preppy guy to rocker to charismatic leader, we dig deep into his young man’s psyche. No stone gets left unturned in this gripping tale.
We leave off Part 1 with Mark heading out West to see where the road takes him. Come on back next week for Part 2…it only gets more intense.
Growing up in a large Mennonite family, Jim, a solitaire man, graciously opens the door to his life, allowing us to bare witness to his battle with depression and his “experimental” attempt at suicide. His life’s exploration takes us on hitch hiking adventures across Canada, career stops as a life guard, ambulance driver and Youth Pastor, his studies in psychology and theology, health concerns, a divorce, and finally on to the greatest passion in his life, teaching. An interesting journey to say the least, leveling off with his joy of canoeing our great waterways, and volunteering at folk festivals.