Spanish Pipedream

As the music world reacts this week to the death of John Prine from complications of a coronavirus infection, I have seen numerous friends posting his songs in memory of the American country-folk icon. I have never been very familiar with John Prine (I only recently learned he was the writer of a song thatContinue reading “Spanish Pipedream”

Time

In my youth, Alan Parsons was a musical enigma; he wasn’t the front person of his band, per se; he had vocalists who embodied the words that dotted his rich, complicated, aural soundscapes. Parsons was a trendsetter, but few followed his path and, as a result, he retained a unique place in rock that noContinue reading “Time”

Dear Friends

If you’ve visited this blog any number of times, it’ll be no secret to you that I’m a fan of Guy Garvey. Every Sunday, I look forward to hearing the lead singer of the band Elbow on his (now three-hour) program, Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on BBC 6 Music. He shares some beautiful music, asContinue reading “Dear Friends”

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Today is a tough day. And a good day. A mix. A challenging, sad, delightful combination. What made the positive difference for Sweety and me is the connections we have with family and friends; folks we can talk with through this time. Coincidentally, we both had Skype calls with groups of friends this morning. It’sContinue reading “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

April Fools’ Day Song

Seriously. Today was a weird day. I woke up and did my usual morning routine which is centred around playing with our cat, Perry Como, who is addicted to his “Da Bird” toy, and then feeding him his wet foot with warm water mixed in. It’s clear who runs the household, but he’s so charming…Continue reading “April Fools’ Day Song”

Tomorrow Never Knows

In 1976, ex-members of Roxy Music Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera, the latter also formerly of Quiet Sun along with Bill MacCormick, plus Lloyd Watson, Simon Phillips and Francis Monkman formed a side project they called 801. The collaboration took its name from a verse in the Eno song, “The True Wheel” (a fabulous selectionContinue reading “Tomorrow Never Knows”

Wish You Were Here

Pink Floyd is a band that had a formative influence in my early life. I believe that their blending of rock with experimental music was part of what made me seek out more obscure types of rock music, a taste I’ve retained through my life.  When one of my brothers was still living in theContinue reading “Wish You Were Here”

‘Cello Song

Nick Drake (1948-1974) is an artist I don’t know anything about; I suppose in part because he died just as I was growing into the age where my interest in listening to and collecting music was developing.  I gather Drake’s music didn’t gain as much recognition in his life; in fact, he entered the BillboardContinue reading “‘Cello Song”

Late Night Grand Hotel

Today’s song is another one of the selections from the mix-CD that Sweety and I gave out at “night-night time” to the small group of family and close friends who witnessed our marriage. In a previous post, I talked a little about how Nanci Griffith’s music has meant so much to us in our lifeContinue reading “Late Night Grand Hotel”

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Edit, March 30, 2020: Since making the post below, I’ve read this article, and have been thinking twice about the wisdom of gathering eight, ten, even twenty feet apart. It seems there’s still so much that isn’t known about the virus, so maybe it makes sense to exceed the recommendations of public health officials, outContinue reading “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”

Good Times Roll

Edit, March 30, 2020: Since making the post below, I’ve read this article, and have been thinking twice about the wisdom of gathering eight, ten, even twenty feet apart. It seems there’s still so much that isn’t known about the virus, so maybe it makes sense to exceed the recommendations of public health officials, outContinue reading “Good Times Roll”

Enjoy the Silence

Our youngest lad and I don’t seem to speak a lot about music, though we share some similar likes. We both enjoy country music, though I tend to gravitate to the grittier, outlaw-country side of the genre. And it seems that seeing his older brother’s appearance several years ago at Dauphin’s Countryfest in Manitoba’s Interlake ignited ourContinue reading “Enjoy the Silence”

Nightingale

When I posted on February 1, 2020 about the song “Chasing Cars,” I told you about my sweety and me hearing Snow Patrol play that song live when they supported the Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends tour on June 15, 2009. The other supporting band for that tour was HowlingContinue reading “Nightingale”

Do Your Best and Don’t Worry

Morrissey is a musician I really know nothing about, but I caught today’s song on a weekend radio program during my last full-time year of employment, and it’s the only song of his that I own. Although I was no longer working in a highly-stressful public relations role, I was, at the time, an interimContinue reading “Do Your Best and Don’t Worry”

Here Comes the Sun

I was still only three years old when I was allowed to stay up late, already in my pyjamas, of course, to watch The Beatles when they debuted on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964.  The Beatles have remained a part of my life ever since, coming in and out in greater measure whenContinue reading “Here Comes the Sun”

Gold

The Vancouver, British Columbia and Portland, Oregon based band Wake Owl have been active since 2102, and that year they issued today’s song as a free download. They re-released it on their Wild Country EP through Vagrant Records, in 2013. I am quite sure I would have heard it on CBC Radio 2 or, moreContinue reading “Gold”

if i grew up

As many of you know, today, Bandcamp is waiving all its fees so that 100% of purchases on their site will go to the artists. It’s one of several ways for us to help musicians and for them to benefit from your support as well as the kind gesture by Bandcamp in this time ofContinue reading “if i grew up”

Comptine d’ un autre été, l’après-midi

Soon after our first grandchild was born, Sweety and I travelled to London, England to meet him. We figured we’d spend a few weeks cooking for and helping the parents as this was their first child. But they were doing so well that we decided to take a five-day trip to Paris, France in theContinue reading “Comptine d’ un autre été, l’après-midi”