In this performance, singer-song-writers Dan Hill and Martin Worthy perform the song together for the very first time, in honour of their friend and colleague Paul Quarrington at the tribute to him presented by the Kingston WritersFest.
Here is the backstory … in May 2009, shortly after a diagnosis that would end his life, Paul Quarrington decided he would finish what he started. A book, which inspired a film, which commissioned a song. That song, and the incredible insights that came with the making of it, became the heart of the film Paul Quarrington Life in Music. Are You Ready became the song.
ARE YOU READY was co-written by Paul Quarrington, Martin Worthy and Dan Hill. Commissioned by BookShorts Inc. for the documentary film PAUL QUARRINGTON LIFE IN MUSIC, broadcast by Bravo Canada.
ARE YOU READY performed by Paul Quarrington is also available on iTunes.
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What a terrific outpouring of love and respect for our dear friend Paul in Kingston recently. His writing and songs were feted all evening at the gala opening of The Kingston Writers Festival. Throughout the night, readings and reminiscences from fellow authors (Nino Ricci, Dave Bidini, Kim Moritsugu, Stuart Ross, Dan Hill and many more) were interlaced with scenes from PQ’s plays along with music from us Porkbellys. Dave Bidini joined us for a version of his song “In The Rock Hall” inspired by Paul’s poem of the same name. The night also featured Dan Hill and myself performing in public for the first time, the song we co-wrote with Paul “Are You Ready?”
We’re all smiling in this photo because I had just averted a musical disaster by noting that I had put my capo on the wrong fret!