August 27, 2016
My Arizona home is getting hit with waves of dust this season (video), what locals call “Haboobs” which comes from the Arabic هَبوب . I could have played Dust in the Wind but that would be too obvious.
So I remembered this neat song by Grant Maloy Smith that tells the South west dust bowl story sung over top of an old celtic guitar picking amhrán. How cool is that?
Ceol. Keep the rhythm in us!
“Old Black Roller” – Grant Maloy Smith 2014
Unrelated but: GMS posted this Craigslist excerpt on his Twitter account yesterday. I thought it was worthy of a repost here.
August 26, 2016
I was just in Hockeytown, USA (Warroad, Minnesota) home of the Christian brothers and numerous Olympians. If you start in this town of around 2,000 found just south of the truncated Northwest Angle, go straight south a few hundred miles, past the land of Paul Bunyan and Babe, past the Mississippi headwaters , past 10,000 lakes, through woods so deep you can’t see the trees, you’ll arrive at the Twin City base of this band.
From the Minnesota wild:
Farewell Milwaukee – True Love Don’t Leave Scars
August 25, 2016
A friend of mine, a writer living in London (the real London), always gets Canadians and Americans confused. By using long words.
So it goes.
So where do writers go when they’re not creating songs, manuscripts, novels, Harlequin romances or IKEA instructions? To writers’ heaven in residence of course……like the one in this story. Gotta love it.
John K. Samson – When I Write My Masters Thesis (LIVE on Exclaim TV) – 2012
christine fellows – souvenirs – from paper anniversary – 2005
August 24, 2016
I was at my daughter’s today doing some maintenance and she popped on this retro song from the nineties. Very appropriate given the massive shake-up in Italy this morning.
Vancouver’s celtic influenced (almost Newfoundlandesque) Spirit of the West:
From 1993’s album: Faithlift – And If Venice Is Sinking
post by sotwcanada
chords from lindesign.se
August 23, 2016
When I was about sixteen I came to town and visited my cousin. He was eighteen and was writing for a local newspaper. He lived on Warsaw with a few other media guys. We walked up the stairs into the front room. Books by authors like J. R. R. Tolkien, Kurt Vonnegut & Douglas Adams, hash pipes and pizza boxes were everywhere. They had an awesome sound system and more albums than I had ever seen in one spot. This was cool.
Another thing that struck me was that the front door wasn’t locked. I asked him about it and he replied that if someone wants to come in and help themselves they were welcome to…….I still scratch my head about that one. Cool but kinda weird in a ‘hippie commune’ kinda way.
The thing is; years later, when I got my first place in a small rural town, I always left the doors unlocked – my friends from the city were always in disbelief.
Anyway….he pulls out an LP with a cartoon grin on the cover and asks me if I’d ever heard Grin and a guy named Nils Lofgren before……
Onto the turntable it goes and I’m hooked.
From the album All Out – Sad Letter – Grin ~ 1973
post by Tim Gorman
August 21, 2016
Just for something to do – here is the set list (with links to the songs from a variety of sources over the years) from Tragically Hip’s closing ceremonies in Kingston last night.
Tragically Hip – Kingston, Ontario August 20, 2016
“Little Bones” *
No words: Farewell to The Peg
*Little Bones Guitar Lesson
Bobcaygeon ~ Bm
August 20, 2016
Mesdames et Messieurs, le pays est maintenant fermé :
Closing Time – Leonard Cohen
Or from my old Manitoba home:
Daniel Lavoie – Je n’y suis pour personne
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