Murray McLauchlan started playing small club gigs when he was just a 15-year-old in art school. Fifty-five years later and after more than half a century lived as an multidisciplinary artist and creator, McLauchlan doesn't believe in monotony.
Indeed, it's why McLauchlan has become a Canadian standard, with 19 albums and 11 Juno awards to his name; the painter, author, actor, and radio host has also been bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Laws and been appointed to The Order of Canada.
"I don't believe in monotony," McLauchlan says over the phone during a tour stop on his way to Fort St. John for a concert on Nov. 4.
"Even what's supposed to be monotonous, like if you're driving from Brandon to Moose Jaw, you suddenly pass a lake at Swift Current and there's about five million snow geese sitting on top of it screaming their lungs out. There's always something."
Life is a learning curve, and McLauchlan says he's always been on it.
"Sometimes things occur very swiftly and rapidly, and sometimes you hit a bit of a plateau. Right now, I've been working very hard to learn new voicings and styles of guitar playing, which is reflected on the latest record I put out, and it's also reflected quite strongly in the second half of the show that we're doing," McLauchlan says.
"I write about the things I experience in the world, they get filtered through me just the same as any other writer. So, if the world quit turning and people stopped having relationships I might have nothing to write about; 'til that happens, I'm OK."
McLauchlan released his latest album Love Can't Tell Time in 2017, recorded live off the floor and celebrating his love of playing guitar. There's no shortage of sounds and songs in McLauchlan.
"The trick is, like my old art teacher the wonderful Doris McCarthy once said, any idiot can paint a picture, but the trick to being an artist is learning how to see," he says.
"So you hone your keen powers of observation at the same time you hone your craft. With me, the writing has evolved over many years from a kind of linear narrative process, where things move from a beginning to an end, to a much more abstracted form of writing, where sometimes you don't really know what it's about until it's done."
McLauchlan plays the North Peace Cultural Centre Sunday, Nov. 4. Showtime is 7:30pm.
Call 250-785-1992 or visit tickets.npcc.bc.ca for ticket information.
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