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”

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”

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”

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”

An Echo

Lately, when listening to the BBC 6 Music program Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, I’ve been waiting until after the broadcast and then I play it on BBC Sounds. In addition to it being on-demand there (though on live internet play, it can also be paused), the episode microsite shows a full listing of the bandsContinue reading “An Echo”

Spanish Harlem

I remember Aretha Franklin’s album Who’s Zoomin’ Who coming out in 1985 and it seemed like she had almost reinvented herself to appeal to a younger audience, not that she ever had a shortage of success or fans in her career up to that point. It did, however, rise higher on the charts than anythingContinue reading “Spanish Harlem”

Mother Fighter

When I went through my Shazam app earlier this month I bought 25 tracks all in one go, each of them by different artists. Some of them I heard on either BBC 6 Music programs (in the addition to Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, I often listen to Amy Lamé, Tom Robinson, frequent Garvey sit-in CillianContinue reading “Mother Fighter”

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”