Always Returning

After a wonderful morning that began with a delicious cup of coffee and then went on to reading, journaling, meditation, some music and a moderate bike ride early this afternoon, I’m resting before meeting a friend at Canadian Blood Services. We are former colleagues and haven’t seen each other in a long time, so weContinue reading “Always Returning”

From a Distance

In my post on Snow Patrol’s song “Shut Your Eyes,” I discussed the Apple Music app’s Genius playlists that find pieces compatible with a single song choice. It seems like the last few Saturdays, I’ve launched the playlist based on Teddy Thompson’s “In My Arms.” It’s a great collection of 25 songs (with the optionContinue reading “From a Distance”

Work Is a Four-Letter Word

While Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour is my number one BBC 6 Music program to listen to, there are some others I like quite a lot, too. Amy Lamé, whose program comes on right after Garvey’s Sunday time slot, is another presenter I like. I’ll occasionally listen to Sean Keaveney on weekdays, too. Sometimes Liz KershawContinue reading “Work Is a Four-Letter Word”

Second Hand News

It was 1977. The year Fleetwood Mac released Rumours which, flabergasting to me, was their 11th studio album. I suppose I must have thought the band had just started up with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham’s arrival and the popularity of Rumours. But there also seemed to be a kind of a “new band hype”Continue reading “Second Hand News”

Fix You

“Tears stream down your faceWhen you lose something you cannot replaceTears stream down your face and I…Tears stream down your faceI promise you I will learn from my mistakesTears stream down your face and I…” (from “Fix You,” by Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, Will Champion. Full, unofficial lyrics are available at AZLyrics.com.) Today,Continue reading “Fix You”

Alive and Kicking

It’s Friday! (And, to begin, my apologies… I planned to post much earlier in the day, then an appointment, groceries and other obligations got in the way. But here we are now. Let’s settle in and enjoy, shall we?) Back when I was working, Friday was a day that arrived with much celebration of planningContinue reading “Alive and Kicking”

Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, III: Lento – Cantabile Semplice

Today I ponder on the eve of the eighth anniversary of one of the pivotal days of my life: the day our dear friends’ daughter was killed along with 27 other people: children, educators, the killer’s mother and himself in two incidents (at a home and a school). Upon returning to my office from aContinue reading “Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, III: Lento – Cantabile Semplice”

Oh, the Boss Is Coming!

Today, I was doing a moderately strenuous ride on my bike trainer; close to an hour of almost steady climbing during a ride that lasted 90 minutes in total (including cool down), with 687 metres (2,254 feet) elevation gain over 32.3 kilometres (20 miles) travelled. I rode a bit beyond the 30 km structured workout,Continue reading “Oh, the Boss Is Coming!”

Rain King

In my mid-20s, I started taking university courses. I had gone straight from a high school experience I hated, into a couple of part-time jobs, then into a good, full-time job at the railway. But my superiors saw potential in me and encouraged the pursuit an accounting designation. I took one course. (In 1979, IContinue reading “Rain King”

Who’s Zoomin’ Who?

In my February 18, 2020 post on Aretha Franklin’s 1971 cover of Ben E. King’s “Spanish Harlem,” I talked a little about Franklin’s 1985 album, Who’s Zoomin’ Who? Today I was at an all-day gathering on the conferencing platform Zoom and, at some point, the song title came to mind. I enjoyed the day, andContinue reading “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?”

Lara’s Theme (from the film Doctor Zhivago)

James Last (1929-2015) was another fixture in my childhood home. Last, who led the James Last Band and James Last Orchestra and worked up until the year of his death, was a favourite of my late father. Dad died in January 2001 and there were many times over the years when wished I could callContinue reading “Lara’s Theme (from the film Doctor Zhivago)”

Summer 2

Gratitude. For life. For love. For everything. Yes, everything. I learned about three years ago, through Jeffrey Duvall, a beautiful, soulful, kind and generous spiritual guide and very dear friend I’ve known since 2008, of the immutable connection between grief and gratitude. And, how receiving all the sorrowful experiences of our lives helps us to moveContinue reading “Summer 2”

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”

La Lune

Mid-October, 2000. We were months past the dreaded Y2K changeover from 1999 to 2000. I was into the second year of my first government job, taking on new tasks and roles, trying to earn permanent placement, which wouldn’t happen for nearly two more years, and not long before a new, enticing and permanent position cameContinue reading “La Lune”

Love Is Like Oxygen

The Sweet, a British glam rock band, was popular in the 1970s with such hits as “The Ballroom Blitz” (1973) and “Fox on the Run” (1975). I remember those playing at high school dances. And I think “The Ballroom Blitz” is also one of the songs often played at Manitoba social evenings (see this post,Continue reading “Love Is Like Oxygen”

Homeward Angel

When Sweety and I returned home the night of my retirement party, April 20, 2017, I was filled up to overflowing with gratitude for the loving sendoff my administrative staff had arranged for us, and the way everyone there made me feel special. An older brother and his partner had come to pick us upContinue reading “Homeward Angel”

Goodnight, California

I’m not sure why but I often confuse Kathleen Edwards with Sarah Slean. I suppose there are some similarities in their styles, though their voices are quite different. Maybe it’s because they are both highly successful singer-songwriters who come from Canada.  Or, maybe it’s because like Slean’s album, The Baroness (discussed in my post onContinue reading “Goodnight, California”

I Want

I couldn’t recall yesterday when hearing “I Want,” where I discovered the song. Apple Music metadata reminds me I bought the track from the iTunes Store on January 2, 2014. While on a Christmas break from being at the office, I must have been playing a pre-recorded program of CBC Music or listening to CBCContinue reading “I Want”

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”

Sleep

I first heard a version of today’s selection sung by an a cappella choir in Winnipeg, Canada called Prairie Voices, which a friend, Amanda, belonged to some years back. (She is the same person who created our wedding invite theme, as featured in this post. By the way, Amanda has recently been called upon byContinue reading “Sleep”

Age of Steam

From 1979 to 1999 (with a few years out of the paid workforce to stay at home full-time caring for my sons from 1993 to 1996), I worked at a railway. I was mostly in office work, then management, but in the late 90s when I returned, administrative positions were disappearing to cutbacks, and IContinue reading “Age of Steam”

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”

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 “When You’re Gone”

Heart Is a Drum

When I was earning a paycheque full-time, my morning routine would be to cycle or walk to work, shower, get suited up, eat, and before the office day started, I’d go for a proper cup of coffee at Parlour, a hip coffee shop that had opened in 2011 near the office where I worked. OneContinue reading “Heart Is a Drum”