Verbovaya Doschechka

Sometimes, even the shortest piece of music can hold a depth of feeling and meaning far beyond the time it has your attention. An excellent example of this complex brevity is “A Gaelic Blessing” (which I posted here in August 2020 to mark the occasion of a friend’s ordination ceremony). Today’s selection is another wonderfulContinue reading “Verbovaya Doschechka”

Talk Talk

The opening track on the 1982 debut album by English new wave/synth-pop band Talk Talk, led by singer Mark Hollis (1955-2019), is “Talk Talk.” Reading up on the song this evening, I learned that Hollis’s previous band, The Reaction, recorded and released it in 1977 as “Talk Talk Talk Talk.” That’s a lot of talk.Continue reading “Talk Talk”

We Resist

Around the time when I was hanging out with the friend I mention in my post on R.E.M.’s song “Drive,” he introduced me to the music of the rock band Midnight Oil. Formed in 1972 under the name Farm and after changing their name in 1976, Midnight Oil developed a strong following in their homeContinue reading “We Resist”

Kalina

The week-old war in Ukraine remains high in the global consciousness. In the past few days, I’ve heard some state that it is getting a level of attention never devoted to other illegal invasions through history. This may be true, though, in my opinion, it doesn’t change the fact that the world is in aContinue reading “Kalina”

Melody

I have been thinking a lot about the people of Ukraine as the Russian aggression continues. We see the Ukrainian people’s indomitable spirit and examples of the worldwide support being offered to them during this horrific time. Yesterday afternoon, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress held a rally at the Manitoba Legislative Building. Organizers say about 5,000Continue reading “Melody”

Peace Train

“Now I’ve been crying lately, thinking about the world as it isWhy must we go on hating, why can’t we live in bliss…” For a few months now, I’ve had the meagre beginnings of a post on British singer-songwriter Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ 1971 song “Peace Train” in my drafts folder. It felt like theContinue reading “Peace Train”

Spain

This week, the world has lost two significant American musical figures: singer Mary Wilson of The Supremes, and jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader Chick Corea. I’m still pondering Wilson and hope to post something tomorrow. Though I have some dear friends playing in the genre, jazz is a style I know little about. And IContinue reading “Spain”

We Used to Wait

It’s time for another selection from The Suburbs by Arcade Fire. “We Used to Wait” is the 13th track on the album. The song continues the theme of waiting that comes in on “Suburban War,” and I interpret this as similar to the often painful waiting that goes on in any conflict. At the WinnipegContinue reading “We Used to Wait”

Suburban War

On this next look at The Suburbs, we’re on to “Suburban War,” the ninth track on the album. Today’s song strikes me as being like a soliloquy in a play. Perhaps it’s an interlude meant to catch the audience up on what’s happening in the suburbs as the young people get ready to grow up,Continue reading “Suburban War”

Adagio in “G”

This week I took another trip out to Birds Hill Park to ride my bike around the perimeter roadway. The park is officially open now, and as it is the May Long Weekend, the campground is open, and many camper-trailers were being hauled in. I stood half an hour in a physically-distanced line at theContinue reading “Adagio in “G””