I Checked Out The Time

The University of Waterloo on the recommendation of the Senate hereby signifies that Peter Michael Snow has fulfilled the degree requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts.

My Undergraduate Degree

Before I get into today’s post I want to point out that you can now download the completed album here.

The final year of my undergrad was kind of a musical canyon.  I don’t recall writing very many interesting songs that year, nor did I create any kind of CD. I did, however, put on a show near the end of the winter term at the Conrad Grebel chapel. It featured Dave Fallis, Matt, and myself all playing solo sets for about 20 or so people. It was a lot of fun and the venue was amazing.  I believe I filmed this performance, but that tape has been lost to time.

The summer of 2005 marked the beginning of Pinstripe Mystery.  It began with an ad on a music classified board that led me to our drummer, Jill Whitehead.  After we had jammed a few times we decided to bring more people on board. I met Crystal Kemkes through a mutual friend and she came down to play with us. We now had, guitar, keys, drums, and vocals.  We played our very first gig at the Festival of Peace and Tranquility. This time the venue was changed to Parkview Church, and over 100 people came to check out the music and enjoy free muffins. I am indebted to Ken Barr for his help with that event.  As part of the show we gave away a free CD that included songs by us (then known as The Free Mirrors) and Dave Fallis. Also on the bill were Ken and Matt. I have included King of Spades with this post because it features the trio and I actually like the recording.  Perhaps the most significant event connected to that concert was the addition of Dave Fallis to our lineup. Of course it was a cleverly designed plan to spend time with Crystal (they are now married) but it worked out for the band as well. With a bass player in tow we began practicing weekly and sketching out a plan for our future. The plan was to complete an album, find lots of gigs, get songs on college radio, and see where things went.

The fall of that year saw us come up with a new name, Pinstripe Mystery.  We each wrote several words on pieces of paper and threw them in a hat.  We then drew two out. As I recall Jill wrote Pinstripe and I wrote Mystery. A new name was born and we moved ahead with recording a CD.

We only played one gig during this period, a Christmas show at the Renaissance Cafe in Toronto.  This was one of the most annoying performances we were ever involved in.  We were told that Crystal and I could do an acoustic set around 7:30pm. So the band arrived in Toronto around 6, had dinner at a scary Pizza Pizza, and headed to the venue.  Upon entering we were told that the order of performances was posted so we checked it out. We were scheduled for 12:30am.  We now had to face several hours in this bar listening to 14 other acts go ahead of us. The quality of the acts varied heavily, but most of it was not music we were interested in. Add to this the fact that we were essentially playing for the other musicians there, and the sub-zero temperatures outside. It was a less than ideal night.  The highlight was walking to Coffee Time, three blocks away, to get a giant muffin.  Dave ordered “Nachos and Cheese” from the bar and paid something like $8 for $1 worth of nachos with cheese.  We had booked the gig with Scotia Entertainment because I had played a successful gig the year before at the Boathouse in Kitchener.  We did one more gig with them in Kitchener, which was only attended by our friends.

Over Christmas we held a marathon recording session to finish Muffin Parfait, and that (along with the second half of our career) will be the subject of tomorrow’s post.

King Of Spades – The Free Mirrors

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