December 9, 2016
Not sure where the image came from – it was uncredited on my timeline
They sold us the Kool-Aid and we bought it.
2016 was not a good year as the British biased image above displays. In fact, there are some notables missing and sadly probably one or two will go in the next few weeks.
The fact is, many things we hold near and dear to our hearts will be joining the exodus as this past year exhibited. Age and time will do that.
So with the advent season upon us, I feel no guilt to play the recently departed Greg Lake’s “I Believe in Father Christmas” video. A song he wrote to scold our people for allowing commercialism to leap into our lives, especially this time of year.
Although Lucky Man Lake was most well known for his guidance and initial contribution to the bands Emerson Lake and Palmer, and King Crimson, this was without a doubt, his best known recording as a single artist. A song he created with Pete Sinfield.
Greg Lake – I Believe in Father Christmas – 1974
YouTube post by Katalin Oberhauser
In spite of the quality of the sound, this next version is beyond special. Greg on his Martin and Ian Anderson playing his flute tenderly. It also displays the lyrics and I have to admit, I never really listened to (most of) the words to this song (pity) – they really bring the reality of the season and all the senses to life.
And the song is presented in a church, as it should (with 2 guitars) – all very effective in one of Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpieces: St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street. Joining Ian and Greg are David Arch: keyboards, Florian Opahle: acoustic guitar and the requisite church choir – recorded 2006 (it’s ok to clap at the end).
YT post by TarkusChristmas
How to play lesson by Shut Up & Play
In the words of Lake and Sinfield: To a ‘hopeful Christmas and a brave new year’.
RIP Greg Lake. RIP all of us.
December 8, 2016
Ah Québec. Land of my teenage years. I learned to drive there. I celebrated Noël there. I learned more than I care to share. Doing so many things right. And so many things wrong. I hope we all start righting our wrongs….acts of love. Reconciliation.
Language warning – not only are the following videos in French, it is colloquial Québécois complete with joual and strong accent (an accent evident in Manitoba, Ontario, NS, PEI, Nouveau Brunswick and other pockets of the country – with regional variations) versus l’accent Parisien .
Just after getting my driver’s license, I was driving home in Montréal after an ice storm. I turned the corner for the last few blocks home and a kid skated past me and continued down the icy street. C’est l’hiver à Montréal for sure!
Learning to drive on a steep, icy, Beaver Hill in Montréal :
There are numerous versions of this video online (some from a different vantage point complete with commentary) so not sure who gets credit for being the original – but not Shepherd
Paying tribute to the most beautiful Sapin laid de Montréal (a tree with its own Twitter account no less) :
Shirley Théroux réconforte le grand sapin laid de Montréal
yt post by le sac de chips
Chanson du jour :
Les Cowboys Frignants – Plus Rien – 2004
YouTube post by Romu Nordu
Mes Aïeux-2096 (chanson à boire) 2005
yt post by holtzeke
December 7, 2016
This morning at Ramsden Park. No snow but no matter: the artificial outdoor rink is up and running…..err skating. And there’s another outdoor artificial rink a few minutes away in Rosedale. Goodness!
Now time for a little one on one with bro….I’ll have to remember to bring my skates on the plane next time.
A couple of weeks ago, Gordon Lightfoot played a show down Yonge at Massey Hall. You know the guy is well aged….and he still “has it”.
So what does an iconic song about the Canadian railway have in common with Canada’s favourite iconic pastime? Well, regardless of the good, bad and ugly sides of each, they both tie us all together quite nicely, thank-you very much.
The song Canadian Railroad Trilogy is iconically Canadian but Gordon Lightfoot himself is a Canadian icon. Many accolades and even songs have been written about the man who’s song writing captures the northern imagination.
Lightfoot wrote this song for a CBC special aired in January 1967 to commemorate Canada’s 100th birthday. Happy 150th in 2017 Canada!
Good song to play on the 12. You can choke it up to III if you want. D, G, D with A, then throw in a C and Em…embellish it here and there, figure out the timing and strumming pattern and you’re off!
yt post by tony blackhall
December 4, 2016
There are various examples of wild horses across this land.
Sable Island, in Nova Scotia is a spit of sand quite far off the southern coast of NS, that is home to five people, a few occasional research teams, a handful of tourists allowed to visit by the government and, of course, numerous feral horses. There aren’t many places like it left in the world. (link to video by Burning Canoe Productions)
Horses are also the subject of a variety of legends and stories on Turtle Island. My favourite is the story of “the white horse” whose spirit still roams the White Horse Plain just west of present day Winnipeg.
Link to a dated “colonial” piece (written in 1958 and you can tell) about the Blancho Diablo of Coteau de Festin (the legend of the White horse plain).
above: MHS image of White horse statue near St. François Xavier, Manitoba.
Well, Chicago is getting its first measurable snow today. And when I think of Chicago, I think of incredible music in all genres. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot of this group and their strong vocal presence.
Birds of Chicago – Remember Wild Horses – Eddie Owen Presents
Recorded at the Red Clay Music Foundry, Duluth…Georgia 2015