I separate art from the artist as much as possible, but there are some that I have imagined relationships with, as a teenager Gord Downie would be my father in an alternate universe. There has been a comfort with him and his music that I can't explain. People you've never met are not supposed to mean anything to you, right? Fuck you 2016.
  1. "Nautical Disaster"
    The first song I heard without a chorus and with the opening lines that made you pay attention "I had this dream where I relished the fray and the screaming filled my head all day"
  2. "Wheat Kings"
    Story of David Milgaard who was convicted for a murder that was later revealed he didn't commit. "A nation whispered 'we always knew he'd go free'... besides no one's interested in something you didn't do".
  3. "Courage"
    For Hugh MacLennan. There are some beautiful covers of the song including Sarah Polley for The Sweet Hereafter. "There is no simple explanation for anything important"
  4. "Fiddler's Green"
    "As children's eyes turn sleepy mean and Falstaff sings a sorrowful refrain for a boy in Fiddler's Green"
  5. "38 Years Old"
    "Twelve men broke free from Milhaven Maximum security... They mostly came from towns with from long French names, but one of the dozen was a hometown shame"
  6. "Ahead by a Century"
    I remember hearing this a club, during a 90s hip hop set. "I had a feverish dream with revenge and doubt; tonight we smoke them out".
  7. "Cordelia"
    Any opportunity to sing aloud " I'm not Cordelia, I will not be there" I will take.
  8. "Scared"
    "You're in Russia and more than a million works of art"
  9. "It's a Good Life if You Don't Weaken'"
    "In the forget-yer-skates dream, full of countervailing woes; in diverse-as-ever scenes, proceeding on a need-to-know; in a face so full of meaning as to almost make it glow"
  10. Others: "Long Time Running," "Pigeon Camera, "Thugs," "Grace Too'" "Locked in the Trunk of a Car," "At the Hundredth Meridian," "New Orleans is Sinkin'" etc