Reposting a blog I was asked to write for the Songwriters Association of Canada…

OCTOBER 3, 2011

In the words of Peter Bloom

“…and my coloured world bled out to black and white…” – Life After the Death of my Father –

The short answer as to how losing my father to lung cancer last year affected my ability to make music is that it stopped me cold. When I learned of Dad’s illness, I was already going through a period of doubt with respect to my music, due mainly to both an ongoing problematic vocal condition as well as a brutally disillusioning record deal. Add to this mix the bewildering third ingredient of Dad’s diagnosis, and I had the recipe for a “perfect storm” of doubt and surrender. I spent six months watching this once powerful man slowly drift toward the inability to take so much as a step or a breath without considerable effort. Meanwhile, I simply stopped writing and performing, as if my ability to take steps and breathe musically were mirroring Dad’s decline. And when he eventually passed in the fall, at the risk of sounding trite, it seemed like the music in me died too. I spent the next few months mostly keeping to myself, building a tree house for my little girls. It was good therapy. As my mind and heart were being constantly flooded by sadness and frustration over Dad’s death, it was quite handy to have something to hammer the crap out of!

But that alone was not enough to reignite my desire to do much more than simply exist. What really started to tip the scales for me was simply committing to doing something musically-related, however small, day after day…even if all I did was bang out a few random notes or chords, or sing some meaningless mumblings. After months of “musical loitering”, an exciting new song idea came to me while driving one night in early May. It was, surprisingly, a very upbeat little tune. I laid down the rough instrumental and vocal tracks the very next day. Regardless of whether that song ever sees the light of day, from that moment on, it was as though the weight of sadness that had so relentlessly held me down had been lifted. I have since written many new songs for my sophomore English CD, completed the grueling ordeal of applying for a FACTOR grant, and traveled to Montreal to shop around my French CD. Most recently I participated in the 2011 SongStudio songwriter’s workshop in Toronto. Since the last SongStudio I attended eventually resulted in my debut CD, as well as a co-write on (Juno nominee) Justin Nozuka‘s debut disc, it seemed like a good way to get back into the game! It gave me the sense that I was no longer “living on the side of the road”, but was once again driving with my fellow songwriters on this crazy journey we call MUSIC!

If you are going through a challenging time, all I can suggest is that if you take even one step, one breath toward the music each day, you will soon find yourself miles down the right road, filled with a renewed zest for making music and doing something fulfilling with this precious gift of life.

Incidentally, I realized only today that the day on which that fateful first new song idea came to me was actually Dad’s birthday. Thanks, Dad. – PB

24 / October / 2011  English  Comments (0)    

Back to Life…

1. R.I.P., “Mr. Bloom”…

For those of you who may have been wondering what happened to me and my blogs this past year, I can only say that life – or more precisely death – forced me to put everything on hold for the latter half of 2010. Sadly, my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer back in the spring, and the brutal reality simply took the wind out of me and my desire to perform. After six months of unbelievably stoic determination, Dad’s brave fight was lost. Since his passing in the fall, I have slowly tried to put myself back together, which has not been an easy task. One of the few people in the world whose opinion and support mean everything to me is now gone. I guess one never really gets over it. The best one can hope is to get through it and manage to keep living life to the fullest, as I am sure Dad would want. So as a difficult year has now come to a close, I begin a new year with a renewed sense of purpose and determination, in his honour and memory. Here’s to much happiness and success in 2011 for all of us.



19 / January / 2011  English  Comments (0)    


So, last Sunday (Feb 28), I had the great honour and privilege of being asked to take part in a fundraising show in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Apart from the cause being one dear to me (and most of us, I am sure), I was thrilled to be part of such a great group of artists! Many thanks to everyone involved.

The funny thing was that the event coincided with the Team Canada men’s hockey gold medal showdown with the USA! Well of course I am not so shallow as to cancel my appearance in order to watch a simple hockey game…BUT, I did dig out a really old 13″ TV from storage, and set it up backstage! HA! Fortunately Canada finally won in overtime (the US gave us a real run for our money)…and fortunately the game ended BEFORE my performance. I could only imagine how difficult it would have been to sneak the TV up on stage with me!

After all was said and sung, a good amount of money was raised and it seemed that a great time was had by all. And by the way, I wasn’t the only one who brought a TV…there were TWO other ones on elsewhere behind the scenes! What can we all say…except, “WE ARE CANADIAN”!!!


4 / March / 2010  English  Comments (0)    

Pete Covers U2’s BAD at the ITH Benefit Concert!

Below is a link to a recent PBB appearance at the ITH benefit concert held at the Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Canada. The idea of the show is for local artists to pay tribute to the music of U2 in an effort to raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Enjoy!

29 / December / 2009  English  Comments (1)    

Pete prepares for ITH benefit…sort of…

During a recent stop on the PBB promo tour (MyFM in Napanee), we were asked to do an impromptu version of a U2 song. Although I was about to lose my voice completely due to viral laryngitis (literally hours later), I gave it the old college try and the results can be heard at this link: Enjoy!

8 / November / 2009  English  Comments (0)    

Toronto Shows!!!

1. SLACK’S SHOW Sunday!!! The great people at Slack’s (562 Church Street – North of Wellesley) have graciously given PBB our own full night to perform. This Sunday, November 15th, please come see our hot little trio rock this hot little club in the Village! Show starts nice and early at 6:00 p.m. and goes only until 9:00 p.m., so everyone can be home at a reasonable time. Along with our vast set of originals, we will be throwing in some possibly surprising covers to keep things hopping. So come join the fun, have dinner and/or drinks, and sing along to a night full of sweet tunes (if we do say so ourselves). Hope to see you there!

2. FREE TIMES CAFE Show! The Songwriters’ Association of Canada (SAC) is hosts the latest installment of its monthly spotlight concert series Wednesday, December 2nd at the Free Times Café (320 College Street). PBB is proud to be one of the feature acts. We will be performing a semi-acoustic set of tunes primarily from the debut CD – Random Thoughts (from a paralyzed mind). Show starts at 8:00 p.m.. There will be some other great artists performing as well – please come and check it out!

3. We are now mixing the French version of Random Thoughts, to be released in early 2010. It is sounding fantastic! It’s gratifying to hear the songs stand up as well in French as they do in English…maybe even a little better in some cases! More info to come. Merci beaucoup!

Thanks for your continuing support!



8 / November / 2009  English, Thoughts  Comments (0)    

Video from Radio Caledon LIVE Feature Interview and Performance!

Hey again…

We’ve added a couple of vids from last night’s hour-long LIVE on-air radio feature interview and performance on Radio Caledon’s “CH Canada Indie Music Show”, with hosts Rick Jones and Tom Beyer. What great guys! Thanks to Tom for the video! See it here: You can also check out YouTube (search Peter Bloom), or the PBB MySpace page: Thanks for your continuing support!



15 / October / 2009  English  Comments (1)    

Video from St. Catharines gig!

Hey! For those of you with a little time to kill, please check out the “pop-up-mockumentary” style video from our gig at the Mansion House in St. Catharines, last Tuesday. Thanks to Chris and all the gang there…and of course to the audience – we had a great time! Video and audio quality are pretty shabby, but at least you’ll get a little glimpse of the experience.

Here’s the link:

Enjoy. Thanks for your continuing support!



12 / October / 2009  English  Comments (0)    

Radio Tour – Northern Ontario (Week of Sept 22)

Last week I was up in northern Ontario, “kickin’ in old school” – actually visiting radio stations in person (doing interviews and meet-&-greets) just to let them know about the new CD. I covered Huntsville, North Bay and Sudbury. What a beautiful country we have! The colours of the leaves changing – outstanding! I met some terrific radio people, and scoped out some venues for the band to play soon. Apparently it is a rare thing for artists to make the trek up there solely to visit radio (without having an actual gig to play)…not sure why. It was FUN, and besides, it let’s people know you are serious about your music. I’d like to think that nothing will ever replace the personal touch. The single, Let It Go, seemed to impress everyone – here’s hoping they all add it to their playlists!

Can’t wait to get back up there to show northern Ontario what we’ve got! In the meantime, below are some pics from the trip. Some audio/video clips to follow shortly.

Next on the journey: western and eastern Ontario. Stay tuned…

Peace. Pete

1 / October / 2009  English  Comments (0)    

Special CD Offer…

I don’t normally use this blog for a sales pitch, but if you’ve been thinking about buying PBB’s Random Thoughts CD, you might find this offer interesting.

As my debut CD is now distributed by DEP/Universal Canada, I can no longer sell it online at my site. But here’s what I thought might be cool: I still have a couple of boxes of the independent version of my CD in stock. Those CDs have now become “limited edition” copies…perhaps even “collector’s items” one day soon – hey, one has to dream BIG! HA!

So, if you go to, and buy a copy of the label release of PBB’s Random Thoughts CD (same music as the indie disc, with new artwork, AND lyrics included), I will then also send you a FREE autographed copy of the indie CD to whatever name you wish! I’ll even pay the shipping and handling!! Try to do it soon – has a special price – only $8.99 Canadian per CD (plus tax and S&H)…but only until Tuesday the 29th! Simply email me ( some sort of confirmation of your purchase (the Amazon transaction confirmation number will do), and I will send you the second CD…FREE!

I’m not doing this for the money, believe me. Once the label takes its cut of the retail CD sale, and I pay the S&H on your free indie disc (which I also paid for), I’ll be lucky to break even. BUT the way I see it, everybody wins – the label gets some sales, I get my music out there, and YOU get a FREE, “limited edition”, autographed CD, which you can either keep as a souvenir or give to a friend or family member.

Of course, I’ll keep the offer going beyond this Tuesday (when Amazon’s special price expires), but – as cheesy as this sounds – supplies are truly limited. Seriously – I have about a 100 indie CDs available for this. When they’re gone, they’re gone.

Thanks for your continuing support!



27 / September / 2009  English  Comments (2)    
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