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The Waiting Room

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'The Waiting Room is a powerful testament to the journey John Mann took while he was sick with Cancer in 2009 through 2011. For several months John was bedridden in the hospital and confronted by the challenge of his life and for his life.


There s a good chance you ve partied with John Mann. Or, if not with the man himself, certainly to his music. As lead singer for Spirit of the West, he co-wrote the ultimate Canadian frosh-week/wedding-reception anthem, Home for a Rest. Nearly 20 years after writing the hit song, Mann, who is also an actor, was in the middle of a run playing Thénardier in Les Misérables in Vancouver when he began experiencing severe stomach pains. He underwent testing, and soon got the news. He was sick. Rectal cancer. Over the next two years, Mann spent a lot of time in hospitals, doctors offices and waiting rooms. He was not at his best, but he never lost his hunger for human connection. He heard all kinds of stories from other patients, while also connecting with hospital staff and his own family. These stories and at times unlikely bonds became the basis for songs Mann began writing in the hospital, and form his new album, The Waiting Room, out Tuesday. He is also working with Canadian playwright Morris Panych on adapting the songs for a stage play. There are no raucous ballads celebrating/lamenting binge drinking; this is an extremely personal, contemplative, angry and appreciative musical journey through Mann s cancer experience. The rage is sometimes up-tempo, the lyrics straightforward: Take my blood and an ECG, chest X-ray and a cup of pee, as I join the ranks of the living dead, I m a tickin time bomb in this hospital bed, he bellows on The Angry Sore. On These Are the Instructions, he lists two songs he wants played at his wake: the Waterboys The Whole of the Moon and Ben Heppner singing Puccini s Nessun Dorma. And when he hits the high C raise a cheer. I was just thinking, Oh God, well here I am in this hospital bed, and I think I ve got to do something, ... and I started writing down the things that I saw around me, the ridiculous stuff that happened and really stupid things and some of the wacky things, says Mann, 51, during an interview at his Vancouver home. His wife, Jill Daum, sits next to him at the kitchen table, helping with dates and details. On the wacky and ridiculous, Mann recounts an endorectal ultrasound experience that went from highly uncomfortable to positively surreal. They insert this kind of garden hose up my ass and they just start filling me up with water, he recalls. And I m lying there on my side ... and I m just bloating up and the nurses are talking and one of them looks over at me and says, Oh my God; you re John Mann from Spirit of the West! --Marsha Lederman - Globe And Mail

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  • Audio CD (January 28, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: The INNERface Media
  • ASIN: B00I7B9NWU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,641 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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