Road Dogma Blog

Gen-X singer-songwriter tells tall tales from his life a touring troubadour.

  • ChatGPT writes my next song

    Ok this was creepy. I wanted to see how ChatGPT fared when I posed this question: Write a song in the words of Jay Aymar This is what it spit out. Who needs me anymore? Verse 1: In the heart of this small town, I sit and strum my guitar sound. With stories of love,… Continue reading

  • THANK YOU receives a heartfelt THANK YOU

    REVIEWS February 4, 2023 Sometimes the best reviews on a project come directly from the intended recipients. In this case, a healthcare worker who contributed pictures to our THANK YOU video / song project (found here: (https://jayaymar.wordpress.com/2023/02/03/songwriters-say-thank-you-to-front-line-workers-with-charity-single/)wrote me the following email.  Hi Jay,  I opened your link and was speechless with just a stream of tears.… Continue reading

  • Songwriters say ‘Thank You’ to front line workers with charity single

    FEATURE  Jason Schneider   January 18, 2023 During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian singer-songwriter Jay Aymar was moved to write a song for his friend who was suffering from work-related distress in her nursing role. “From watching patients die without the presence of family members to the lack of adequate protective gear, it was obvious to… Continue reading

  • Your Perfect Matador Re-release Day!

    Hello friends, I thought I’d take this opportunity to let you know that today is the day we re-release my latest album Your Perfect Matador. It’s a day I’ve long anticipated and it calls for a celebration. What should we do?  Well check this out first :https://smarturl.it/yourperfectmatador Share it! But first, I should acknowledge the… Continue reading

  • Somewhere Stephen Hawking’s Laughing: The Year That Was 2019

    Where to start with the year that was? When I woke up this morning I thought I’d be inspired to write you a long rambling piece about the state of the music industry, El Duce to the south, how I got a handle on alcohol, how I almost died in a car fire, how and… Continue reading

  • Mitch Podolak – Rest in Peace

    The world lost one of its premiere folk music ambassadors this weekend: Mitch Podolak.  Imagine Mt. Rushmore without Lincoln. This is a huge loss. Personally, I’ve lost a spiritual advisor, intellectual jouster, artistic curator, employment counselor, employer, breaded veal cutlet impresario and eventually – a friend. I’ve just put the finishing touches on my first… Continue reading

  • A Good Place to Be: An Afternoon with Morley and Me

    Sometimes a story finishes itself at the just the right time. This is one of those amazing stories. The cycle feels complete on this one. I debated where to place the big ‘reveal’ in this story. That’s an important discussion. Where should the ‘reveal’ happen in the arc of a storyline? In this case, I’m… Continue reading

  • Simple Pleasures and Buried Treasures

    Watch this little interview first:  https://www.cbsnews.com/video/john-prine-the-singing-mailman-delivers-again/ The last time I saw Prine was at Massey Hall about 13 years ago. My girlfriend snuck us in backstage by sweet talking the security guard at the back of the theatre. We made our way down the hallway to stand in line with the other autograph seekers (about… Continue reading

  • Chip Taylor // Hugh’s Room Live // March 7 (and WHY YOU NEED TO GO!)

    Hello friends, this is a concert you need to know about. Like the rest of the world, I grew up singing Wild Thing and hearing Angel of the Morning just about everywhere. (Thanks, Shaggy!) As a songwriter in the business I must confess to being only vaguely familiar with Chip Taylor (the writer behind so… Continue reading

  • TABLE FOR ONE – PART TWO

      We met in an open air market Fully aware of the price We did our waltzing on water Until one blade cracked through the ice Don’t try to save me I’m already saved Just save yourself and move on Walk into the wilderness Give the world its song That’s what she said to me,… Continue reading

  • Table for One

    Don’t ask me why I’ve decided to write this today. It’s meaningless. You way wish to delete this and save your coveted time. You’ve been warned. — She brought me breakfast in bed and whispered “Do you like this?” I smiled and said “can we try dinner in bed too?” She laughed. We agreed that… Continue reading

  • The Bridge to Rickles

    When I was a kid, my mother’s bridge club consisted of her sister Marie and cousins Liz and Claire. It was always a big deal when mom hosted because I would inevitably be able to sneak a few deviled eggs away from the proceedings. I learned a lot from watching these women play bridge. You… Continue reading

  • I have tried in my way to be free

    It’s been a rough week. I am speechless on every level. Ironically, I heard that Leonard Cohen passed via text messages while working on a song for my next album. I have thoughtful friends. When we recorded a live record last year I added one cover song to the mix: Bird on a Wire. My… Continue reading

  • The Bells of Retribution

    It was about fifteen years ago now. The day I drove through the beautiful fall colours along Highway 7 toward a tiny little village about an hour north of Kingston, ON. I was en route to visit an old friend who’d moved there from the Sault. He’d recently lost his wife to cancer and the… Continue reading

  • Another Thanksgiving Day night at The Costa-Lessa Inn.

    It’s the day after Thanksgiving and I am sitting in the bar of this hotel speaking with friends I’ve met over the past few years. This hotel is north of perogy line (The Yellowhead Highway) in Manitoba, Canada.  I don’t want to tell the name of it is as I believe it will be better… Continue reading

  • Jay Aymar 2016 Canadian tour dates

    Below is the list of our Canadian Tour Dates. Please take a moment to share this with your friends across Canada. I’m sure we can fit them into a concert somewhere! Expect a who’s who of special guests at our shows along with a book reading to start each concert, followed by a full night of… Continue reading

  • The Singing Country Folk Poet

    I’d just finished my stint in Nashville leaving behind several great friends who’d helped me find the heart of another Saturday night! You might know some of them from the Canadian roots music scene: Melanie Brulee, Jadea Kelly and Cindy Doire. I’m a lucky man to be occasionally surrounded by such youthful beauty and supreme… Continue reading

  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Every year around Easter time I remind myself to watch this Monty Python classic: The Life of Brian. This closing ditty always got to me. The absurdity of blind optimism in the face of such horrific circumstances: to be hung on a cross whistling and singing “Always… Continue reading

  • My Mocha-Choco-lata-ya-ya moment

    In the truth is stranger than fiction file…here we go again. I was having a Starbucks Coffee at the Indigo reading a newspaper – minding my own business – when a random businessman sitting next to me loudly put his order in with his colleague to buy him a double Mocha-Choco-lata-ya-ya while turning to affix… Continue reading

  • AT SEA

    If you’ve read the chapter entitled: The Sludge Boat you’ll know I did a very short, horrendous stint on a cruise ship during a weak moment about ten years ago. When I arrived back home to Toronto, I was perusing a Goodwill thrift shop and came across this poster entitled: AT SEA. I didn’t realize… Continue reading

  • Happy Hallowhat (Revsited)

    Many of you have read this chapter either online, or as part of the book, however, it’s worth posting once again as it’s that time of year again. Full disclosure: I’d never felt this story fit into the theme of the book and had no intention to include it alongside the other short stories of… Continue reading

  • There’s nothing GOLDEN about these so-called GOLDEN years son!

    It’s your 94th birthday today dad. And Mom you’re going to turn 90 in three short weeks! Amazing really. I’m touring the Yukon and thinking about the party I’ll be missing. Wish I was home. Tonight, I’ll be singing your song at the show: The Bells of Retribution I wish the world could thank you… Continue reading

  • Part 2 – Excerpt from The Chicken Came First. Chapter 12: The Rise and Fall of Jake Rivers

    I made my pit stop back at the motel a quick one. I took another thirty minute power nap, changed my guitar strings, put on black jeans, black shirt, black boots, black belt (with silver belt buckle) and mentally morphed into Jake Rivers during the short drive over. Upon pulling up the building, I noticed… Continue reading

  • Excerpt from The Chicken Came First. Chapter 12: The Rise and Fall of Jake Rivers

    The Rise and Fall of Jake Rivers It was the perfect day to drive around the mountains.  A Saturday in July and I’d finished my show in Chilliwack the night before. Chilliwack! What a classic Canadian band! (Wish I had the same affinity for the town) “Whatchya gonna do when I’m gone”.  I’ll tell you… Continue reading

  • The Chicken Came First – Preface

    Hello friends, If it feels like I’ve been a bit stingy on the ramblings lately well that’s just because I’ve been hoarding my words for this book. With some cajoling by many of you and a fierce internal battle about it all, I’ve decided that the world needs another book much like I need a… Continue reading

  • LIVE RECORDING: THE CHICKEN CAME FIRST: JAY AYMAR and THE ABERCROMBIE ZOMBIES – LIVE

    Just a very quick update to those of you across Canada who read my occasional musings. Something is happening here and you should know what it is – isn’t that right Mr. and Mrs. Jones? I’m recording my first live record. I realize you may not be in Toronto but I’m sure you may have… Continue reading

  • ALL DAY I DREAM ABOUT STUFF

    I’m not sure why I’m thinking about fashion and music this morning but “I think it has something to do with the way that I fill out my skin-tight blue jeans! Oh….Lord it’s hard to be humble!” No, that’s not what I’m really thinking. I’m thinking about the show I had at home over the… Continue reading

  • PT 3: CHEERS! Where everybody knows your shame!

    PART 3 (from Part 2) I knew something was up because Zoran was always much too busy to actually sit and break the bread during a Saturday dinner rush. “Jay, tonight’s a special night as my parents are visiting. They have friends and relatives coming in from the old country. We’re going to reserve these… Continue reading

  • PT 2 – CHEERS! Where everybody knows your shame.

    PART 2 (from Part 1) I was playing my guitar regularly by then and had written a bunch of self-indulgent songs about hitch-hiking, kings and castles, fish in the ocean. They were all shit. A few of them found their way into a CBC contest and they made a little demo of my stuff. I… Continue reading

  • Cheers…Where everybody knows your shame

    A few days ago I wrote a letter to my friends, fans and family across Canada with the hopes of cheering a few folks up, appeasing my conscience and basically offering some holiday goodwill. I even mentioned three times throughout the diatribe that I was very sorry for anyone I’d left out as it would… Continue reading