It was a bit of luck that I was put into contact with F&M,currently a trio made up of a husband, a wife, and a very talented ampersand. It was inevitable that there music would come across on my random playlist on CBC Radio 3, as they are a very Canadian band in the best of ways, appealing to a smarter, more thoughtful crowd.
I had the fortune of talking with Ryan and Becky Anderson on the phone at length in a conversation that was less an interview and more a dialog about the nature of music, genre and meaning, and what traveling the Canadian landscape can do to music.
I then had the even better fortune of seeing the trio live in Toronto in a very intimate setting, after which we all sat down and had a beer. We discussed at length the best and worsts of entertainment how there is a place in our lives for pop culture comfort food, and our equal cautious optimism for the respective futures of the journalism and music industry. We both hope, naturally, that we are good at what we do and that talent and hard work will rise above the minutia that seems all too prevalent.
Here is my review of the show, with my sincere endorsement of the group.