Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy fell in love with Madrid.
“The place in the last couple of years that I’ve really been bonkers over was Madrid. My daughter was there for a year; she taught English in the Catholic school system. It’s like that feeling you get the first couple of times you go to New York, where you’re just bowled over by the magnitude of it.
"Madrid’s the same way. Every time you go around the corner, you’re just confronted with something, whether it’s a magnificent building or a beautiful park. Like Manhattan, you see people walking back and forth to work, and it hits you that this is their everyday environment. This is what they wake up in, have a drink in, grumble-about-their-job-on-the-way-home in. It’s a magnificent place, and I just became smitten with all things Spanish. I wanted to learn Spanish. I only ate tapas. I only drank Spanish wine.
"I would go running in the morning, and usually [after]a half an hour, I was disoriented. And that’s the best time to run – just running around corners, and trying to figure out how to get home. For me, it’s just being lost in the city that’s the most beautiful part.”
Jim Cuddy recently released his third solo album, Skyscraper Soul . The Jim Cuddy Band performs in Oshawa Oct. 14, and throughout Newfoundland in November, starting in Corner Brook on Nov. 10.