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)”

January 28, 2020 – The Law and the Lonesome

I first met up with and heard Canadian troubadour and national treasure Corin Raymond when one of our sons (Kieran West and His Buffalo Band; watch for them and other KW music projects on these pages) opened for Raymond in February 2015 at Winnipeg, Canada’s best honky-tonk, the Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club onContinue reading “January 28, 2020 – The Law and the Lonesome”

January 27, 2020 – The Ballad of Lucy Jordan

Shel Silverstein is perhaps best known for his book, ‘The Giving Tree,’ but I learned when looking up ’The Ballad of Lucy Jordan’ that he wrote it for the 1970s band Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show. (Anyone here remember them?) He also wrote ‘A Boy Named Sue’ for Johnny Cash, ‘The Unicorn,’ which wasContinue reading “January 27, 2020 – The Ballad of Lucy Jordan”

January 26, 2020 – When You’re Gone

Today’s selection was featured on our wedding CD mix, and the liner notes for the song say, “1998 and 1999 were really tough years as we moved into a new relationship and home together, through financial hardship and which led us to seek out work wherever it could be found. At one point, that meantContinue reading “January 26, 2020 – When You’re Gone”