The Story Behind the Photo
Award Winning Author - Kamal Al-Solaylee
When I was dancing up a storm on a Friday night, in the gymnasium of my junior high school, it never occurred to me that someday I would be standing beside the guy whose voice was blaring through the large black speaker in the corner. Whether it was You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet or Takin' Care of Business the dance floor was always full when those songs began to play. The music of Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) was a regular part of our Friday night dances and everyone knew the lyrics and sang along.
I’ve never seen Randy Bachman play live, but I have been fortunate enough to see him interviewed in person twice. The first time was at a taping for The George Stroumboulopoulos Show on CBC. George’s skill at interviewing were equally matched to Randy’s at storytelling which made for an interesting and entertaining afternoon.
It was about a month later on April 8, 2014 that Randy was the guest author at the Appel Salon (Toronto Reference Library). He was there to promote his second book Tales from Beyond the Tap. The stories in the book are the extended version of the stories he tells on his radio show Vinyl Tap on CBC.
Not only is Randy an amazing guitar player and songwriter he's also a great storyteller. Whether he’s talking about playing the violin as a child, his days in the Guess Who, or being on the road with BTO his stories draw you in. They’re detailed and filled with the who's who of the music industry of the 60s, 70s, and even up until today. It seems there are few major acts that he has not played with or had some dealings with over the course of his career.
Although our meeting was short and sweet it was still very cool to have met him. Age 75 and Randy Bachman is still ROCKING.
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Coming soon to The Story Behind the Photo is Kamal Al-Solaylee, Diana Galbaldon, Terry Fallis, Judy Blume, Bryan Baeumler, Carol Shields (Anne and Nicholas Giardini), Nino Ricci, Kim Thuy, Ami McKay, Joseph Boyden, Elizabeth Strout, and many more.
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My name is Faith Van Wart, I’m a Certified Photo Manager and a member of The Photo Managers (formerly APPO Association of Personal Photo Organizers). I help people organize and digitize their printed photos so they can tell the stories behind their photos.
Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to meet some interesting people and wanted to begin to share those photos and the stories behind them. I hope you enjoy photos and the stories.
As the old saying goes every picture tells a story. If your photos could talk what stories would they tell?