Under a Stormy Sky

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, long trips to cottage country in northwestern Ontario meant some CDs and some radio, but FM stations didn’t reach too well in rural areas, so it was often AM radio. Near noon on Saturday meant CBC’s Quirks and Quarks (with Jay Ingram) and Basic Black (with the lateContinue reading “Under a Stormy Sky”

Sunshine on Leith

If you’re from or have lived in Manitoba, Canada, you’ll know about the local phenomenon, “the social” (when I was very young, it was called a “social evening”). It’s a big sort of party, usually in a hall or community centre, with a music person playing unbearably loud music well beyond the negligible acoustical accommodationsContinue reading “Sunshine on Leith”

Little Hell

When one of our sons started getting interested in bands, I would take him out to shows he wanted to see. We once went to Winnipeg’s Garrick Event Centre (a former movie theatre I used to go to as a teenager) to see this new act, called City and Colour… it must have been aroundContinue reading “Little Hell”

Jimmy Mo Mhíle Stór

When my sweety and I started our relationship, money was often tight. To continue satiating my appetite for new music, I joined one of those eight-ten-or-twelve-CDs-for-one-cent clubs. I only stuck around long enough to make the minimum commitment of purchases. (Two such clubs, Columbia House and BMG, merged in 2005 but filed for bankruptcy inContinue reading “Jimmy Mo Mhíle Stór”

Deadlines

(Warning: video contains a cuss word.) I don’t know much about the Hamilton, Canada band, Arkells, but I purchased the song ‘Deadlines’ from their debut album, ‘Jackson Street’ in 2008, the year it was released.  A few years later, in a job where my days often felt like they were awash in unmeetable deadlines, I’dContinue reading “Deadlines”

I’m Gonna Be Strong

Cyndi Lauper broke out onto the popular music scene with her colourful, audacious and whimsical style in 1983. I remember spinning her ‘She’s So Unusual’ long-play record often and have enjoyed her music since then. She became big when music videos were still a relatively new thing, but each one was well crafted, and sometimesContinue reading “I’m Gonna Be Strong”

Chasing Cars

The night before my marriage to Sweety in July 2009, I was listening to songs over the computer speakers. I was listening to music I thought would nudge my inspiration to write the words she’d read in a card the afternoon before our ceremony: what I was feeling about our life together going into theContinue reading “Chasing Cars”

January 31, 2020 – Drive

A friend, with whom I’ve connected, disconnected and reconnected several times over our 42-or-so years of knowing each other, introduced me to R.E.M. when they were becoming big in North America, particularly on college radio, when we reconnected around 1981-82. He was in community college at the time, and I was working an office jobContinue reading “January 31, 2020 – Drive”

January 30, 2020 – Don’t Delete the Kisses

Whenever sweety and I have gone to the United Kingdom, part of my routine has been to scout out plays, musicals and concerts in London. We’ve been lucky to see some pretty terrific performances over the years. On our last trip there three years ago, I noticed that the North London foursome Wolf Alice wasContinue reading “January 30, 2020 – Don’t Delete the Kisses”

January 29, 2020 – Going Home (Theme of the Local Hero)

Trigger warning: this post contains discussion of suicide. A half-dozen friends and I went to see the movie, ‘Local Hero’ in 1983. They all hated it. I loved it. All the characters had such magnificent and unique personalities and the story was wonderful, playful and touching. I won’t give it away if you haven’t seenContinue reading “January 29, 2020 – Going Home (Theme of the Local Hero)”