Dreaming of You

Hey, it’s another Friday, folks! Another challenging week here in Manitoba, learning of new record numbers of COVID-19 cases, a health-care system under strain, a lockdown 2.0, and deaths rising at a frightening rate. One of the few politicians I genuinely respect, Calgary, Alberta mayor Naheed Nenshi, spoke today at a televised press conference carriedContinue reading “Dreaming of You”

Looking Out My Window

It occurred to me today that it’s been a while since I featured musicians from my province, Manitoba. You may have seen my posts on songs by Scott Nolan, Kieran West and His Buffalo Band, and Lakes and Pines. After posting write-ups on more than 300 songs, it feels like I’m overdue to spread someContinue reading “Looking Out My Window”

Nobody Knows

Today, I’m sharing an exhilarating piece I heard for the first time this morning. As followers of this blog know, I gain a lot of my new-to-me music through Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on BBC 6 Music, where the host and lead singer of the British band Elbow shares his musical taste, history bits byContinue reading “Nobody Knows”

Listening Wind

Today I was thinking of the 1980 album by Talking Heads, Remain in Light. In my opinion, it’s their best and most inspired work. A visit to the vinyl collection in the basement and a look at the album and liner notes reminded me that Brian Eno, David Byrne and Talking Heads co-wrote the album’sContinue reading “Listening Wind”

Round and Round

Happy Friday! It feels like the weather has suddenly changed. When I set off on my bike this morning, it was just 7°C (44°F). It stayed on the cold side through the ride, so I was wearing some extra clothing to keep warm. It felt good to be moving after a few days off theContinue reading “Round and Round”

Black Water Falls

I first heard the Philadelphia band The War on Drugs on CBC late-night radio in around 2017, and bought the album A Deeper Understanding, released that year. Since then, I’ve also heard them on KEXP Seattle and purchased one song from an earlier issue, Lost in the Dream (2014). The singer, Adam Granduciel, who foundedContinue reading “Black Water Falls”

Sea Song

The Cheshire, England based band Doves released their debut album, Lost Souls, in 2000. Songs from that album get a fair amount of play on two of my go-to sources for music, Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on BBC 6 Music and The Morning Show with John Richards on KEXP Seattle. The three-piece band took aContinue reading “Sea Song”

Isolation

Happy Friday, friends! Of all John Lennon’s compositions for The Beatles and his solo work, I’m not sure I’ve ever heard today’s song, “Isolation,” before today. This morning I was poking around the BBC 6 Music website and delved into some April 2019 archives of Cillian Murphy, the Irish actor in Peaky Blinders (a show IContinue reading “Isolation”

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”

Flume

In my February 14, 2020 post on Elbow’s “Mirrorball,” I told you of Peter Gabriel’s album recorded with a full orchestra, where he made cover versions of other artists’ songs.  Many of the tracks on Scratch My Back are melodically very beautiful and the cover of Bon Iver’s composition, “Flume,” is particularly so. It seemsContinue reading “Flume”

Denmark

I’ve mentioned my UK cousins before (please see my January 18, 2020 post on Elbow’s “This Blue World”). While visiting the families in 2011, we took a road trip of northern England and southern Scotland. One day, we took in the opening day of the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe (the largest arts festival in theContinue reading “Denmark”

Mirrorball

Happy Valentine’s Day, folks! Aside from the oppressive commercialization of the occasion, I hope you are feeling loved today, whether it’s romantic, simple companionship or the just knowing you’re supported by friends.  I shared the story for today’s song, “Mirrorball,” back when I featured another Elbow song on January 18, 2020 (“This Blue World”), soContinue reading “Mirrorball”

This Blue World

I first heard of the band Elbow through one of my cousins in the UK. He and his siblings and families and I reconnected in 2007, with my sweety-and-then-future-bride in tow (well, that’s perhaps another story: they said upon meeting her that they’d come to Canada to visit if we married, so we did, andContinue reading “This Blue World”

Orpheus

When I started working part-time at McDonald’s in early 1976, I earned CAD 2.35 an hour which, while the youth minimum wage, seemed like a lot of money at the time. Until payday, that is, when I’d take the long bus ride from St. Norbert — past the then-mostly-empty fields of Fort Richmond — throughContinue reading “Orpheus”