More Like You

I added “More Like You” to my Apple Music collection (formerly known as iTunes library) on December 25, 2015. That year we were supposed to be in London, England for Christmas, and Liverpool for New Year’s Eve, but a significant health issue made it so that we couldn’t go. (But it turned out fine asContinue reading “More Like You”

The Rose

When dear friends of ours lived on a farm property on the outskirts of a small community called Erickson, near Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park, starting in the later 2000s, we often (though not often enough) drove out to visit and stay with them for weekends. We even had our own room on the secondContinue reading “The Rose”

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”

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”

My Shadow

(Trigger warning: contains discussion of bullying.) Sweety and I saw the band Keane play in the Winnipeg theatre affectionately known as “The Walker” on September 16, 2009, and also gave tickets to our already active musician lad, Kieran as an early birthday present. It was an excellent concert; we all loved it. The band wasContinue reading “My Shadow”

Good Morning

I immediately fell in love with the Norah Jones album Little Broken Hearts when first hearing it on a visit with family in the UK in late 2012. Bought it on iTunes right away. The overall sound of the album is a little edgier and adventurous than I remember Norah Jones being. But then again,Continue reading “Good Morning”

Peace and Quiet

Just as with the Arts & Crafts compilation album, X (please see my post on March 3, 2020, for the fantastic track from it, “Lonely Is as Lonely Does”), which I bought in the 2013 festive season, I picked up Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins’ album, Garden Songs while on Christmas holidays inContinue reading “Peace and Quiet”

After the Gold Rush

Happy Friday, friends! It’s looking a lot less like winter out there, and morning light is working hard to get through the haze as I sit by the window writing. I appreciate the sun’s work as our orbit spins us closer to it for spring and summer. It’s a perfect day for a beautiful songContinue reading “After the Gold Rush”

Lonely Is as Lonely Does

Today’s post came together a little earlier than usual, as we were disturbed by the phone at 6:40 am for the second time in as many days: one of those fraud calls from a masked number. Oh, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, when will you get your anti-fraud act together? During a pre-Christmas holiday shoppingContinue reading “Lonely Is as Lonely Does”

The Joke

I didn’t start this blog to highlight news of the day; far from it. If anything, it’s about reflecting on memories that music evokes in me. But today’s song has been on my “to do” pile for since first purchasing it. It was one of the 25 songs I shopped for a few weeks ago,Continue reading “The Joke”

On My Way Back Home

(Warning: lyrics contain a cuss word.) Today’s song, by the American indie rock group, Band of Horses, is on my biggest iTunes playlist, “Bday party playlist.” I set it up many years ago to play during parties, and it’s my go-to when I want a somewhat random set of music on “shuffle” at home orContinue reading “On My Way Back Home”

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”

‘Bel

I remember, about 30 years ago, I heard a family friend was leaving a secure job in education to learn music therapy. While the field sounded new and unknown, I thought, yeah… that would work! I have always believed that music has a healing power to it, shown in the way a favourite piece canContinue reading “‘Bel”